Patricia Anne Bathon, 68, teacher, volunteer
Patricia Anne Bathon, a retired teacher and volunteer, died Saturday of heart failure at Christiana Hospital in Stanton, Del. She was 68 and had lived in Elkton since 1948.
Mrs. Bathon retired in 1992 from West Nottingham Academy in Colora in Cecil County, where she had taught biology since 1984 and was director of studies and college placement adviser. She began her teaching career in 1960 at Mount Aviat Academy in Elkton.
From 1969 to 1977, she taught at St. Mark's High School in Wilmington, Del., and was named Delaware's Biology Teacher of the Year in 1976.
"She had a fabulous life and always dove into projects whether it was building laboratories or trail walks. She did nothing in half-measures," said Sister Muriel Ludden, O.C.D.
"She felt for her students and gave her time for them. She had a wonderfully compassionate heart," Sister Muriel said.
After retiring, Mrs. Bathon volunteered at Bayard House, a teen pregnancy center in Wilmington, and Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Elkton, where she was a Eucharistic minister and was active in the church's outreach programs.
Mrs. Bathon had returned to school and was to receive a master's degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola University in New Orleans Sunday.
She was born Patricia Anne Denny in Northwest Baltimore and was a 1944 graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from the College of Notre Dame in 1948 and was the college's first recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1991.
In 1948, she married William F. Bathon, who died in 1974.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 455 Bow St., Elkton.
She is survived by a daughter, Margaret Zeidman of New York City; three sons, William G. Bathon of Elkton, Patrick F. Bathon of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and James H. Bathon of Pleasantville, N.Y.; and 14 grandchildren.