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Patricia JoAnn Arbour



Patricia Joann Arbour, age 81 of Grand Rapids entered into the loving arms of her savior on Thursday, April 18, 2019, surrounded by her family.

Pat was born January 3, 1938 in Springfield Illinois to Sylvia and Stewart Jones. On November 7, 1959, she married the love of her life, Ralph Arbour, who preceded her in death.

Pat was a loving and generous woman who enjoyed being with people. Her dedication to family and strong Christian faith were an inspiration to many. She was a board member of the Northview Seniors and an active member of the LAOH and the Gaelic League. She had been a volunteer at the Fox Theater, Van Singel Fine Arts Center, Metro Hospital, and New Creations Prison Ministries.

She was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, James and Susan Jones. She is survived by her children, Michael (Jan) Arbour, Jeffrey (Kathy) Arbour, Colleen (Scott) Christie, and Dawn (Dr. Ken) Shockley; her grandchildren, Justin (Keegan), Griffin, and Shalynn Arbour, Madison (Michael) Rogers, Kendra (Joshua) Pische, Brett, Brooke, Michaela, and Dillon Christie, Ryan, Regan, and Benjamin Shockley; and great-grandchildren, Isla, Ronan, and Briar Arbour; her brothers, Martin (Susan) Neighbors, Gary (Kelly) Neighbors, and Joseph (Lori) Neighbors; dear friends Iris Wadkins and Corinne Riordan; and faithful canine companion, Molly Malone.

Visitation will be Monday, April 22 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm (beginning with a rosary at 6:00 pm) at the O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Home, 3890 Cascade Rd, SE, Grand Rapids. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, April 23 at 11:00 am with visitation at 10 am at St. Robert of Newminster Catholic Church 6477 Ada Dr. SE, Rev. Leonard Sudlik, presiding. Internment Wednesday, April 24 at 2:00 pm at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens, Novi, MI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Patricia’s name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1471 E. 12 Mile Rd. Madison Heights, MI 48071, Northview Senior Center, 4365 Hunsberger NE. Grand Rapids, MI 49525 or Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE. Suite 300 Grand Rapids, MI 49546-5783


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10 Responses

  1. Dawn, Ken, and family, Kathy and I and our kids are deeply sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. On this Easter weekend our thoughts and prayers will be for your Mother.

  2. Dear Jeff and family-
    many thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this time. So many wonderful memories to fill your hearts is wished for all of you in the days to come. In friendship,
    Colleen Gaffney and Darin Sizemore

  3. I dearly loved Pattie, she was a great lady. My love and prayers are with all of you.

  4. To the family of Patricia JoAnn Arbour,
    I am truly sorry for your loss. Pat was a wonderful woman, loved by many people. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family. I will surely miss the presence of a truly lovable and kind person. Pat will never be forgotten, may her soul rest in peace.

  5. I’m sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, Patty was a very strong and inspirational woman whom I had a high regard and respect for. She truly touched everyone’s life she came in contact with.

  6. Colleen and Christie family, we send our prayers for your sad hearts. Yet we are rejoicing knowing your Mom is in Heaven.

  7. Aunt Pat was a very warm and welcoming lady. She will be missed. Prayers sent to her and all the family.

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