Formerly of Lansing, MI
Patricia Ann Townsend (Trevithick) passed away peacefully on April 3rd, 2021 at the age of 81. She was affectionately known by her grandchildren as “Gaga” and they were the light of her life. She was the second oldest of 6 children to William and Helen Trevithick and was the last surviving sibling. She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene, in 1982. While family and friends mourn the loss of Patricia, there is peace knowing she has been reunited with Eugene at long last. She was also preceded in death by her stepdaughter Patricia (Keith) Meador. Patricia is survived by her children, David (Lynette) Townsend and Karen (Jason) Townsend Hagens; stepchildren, Eugene (Linda) Townsend III, Elizabeth (Tracy) Gordon; and grandchildren: Caroline, Lauren, Megan, Emma, Cameron, and Charlotte.
Patricia was born and raised in the Detroit area and a graduate of Denby High School. Her success as a manager with Prudential led her to Lansing, where she met Eugene and raised a family. Patricia was a great cook and a talented artist who enjoyed painting and drawing for many years. In her retirement years, she spent time in both Michigan and Gulf Shores, Alabama. She eventually moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to be near her daughter and youngest grandchildren.
Those that loved Patricia describe her as kind and determined, strong and independent, with a loving spirit. She adored nature, animals, and old movies. She had the biggest and most surprising sweet tooth for someone of her petite size. Milk Duds, M&M’s, and Coke were never very far out of reach for her or for her grandchildren. She will be so missed by her children, grandchildren, many friends, nieces and nephews.
A graveside visitation will be held at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing on Monday, April 12th, at 12:30 p.m., followed by a graveside service at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for you to consider donating in Patricia’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.