Patricia Irish Horan, formerly of Bath, a lifelong caregiver and nurse, beloved wife, super mom, and to many, an angel among us, left this life behind in North Port, Fla., at 3 p.m. on March 9, 2015, to reconnect with her true essence. Pat (or Patty) had been battling cancer for almost three years and although the disease appeared to be in remission from late 2013 through late 2014, cancer returned with a vengeance in October. She fought with all her strength to beat the disease, but ultimately her body gave up while her spirit moved on.

Pat was surrounded by family and friends as she peacefully passed to her true home. It was a warm, sunny afternoon with birds singing and a breeze blowing through the room, her favorite music playing softly in the background, and those who loved her quietly talking to her as she said “goodbye for now.” Patty left us much too early and we all miss her more than most can imagine. Her three sisters, her three children, her stepdaughter Lisa and husband Rob, her two dear friends, Maddy and Kathy, and her loving husband held her spirit as she rejoined her loved ones who went before her.

Pat was born on June 18,1947 in Elmira, NY, to Jack and Mina Irish of Watkins Glen, NY. Pat’s parents, as well as her grandparents, Leonard and Lu Irish and Ralph and Mary Curry, predeceased her.

Pat was a 1965 graduate of Watkins Glen Central School and in 1968 she graduated from the Arnot Ogden School of Nursing in Elmira, NY. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of New Hampshire.

Pat is survived by her husband Ernie, daughter Melissa McKee and her husband Matt and their children Emily and Adeline, son Jonathan Danchik and his wife Sonya and their children Tydus and Percy, and son Todd Danchik and his wife Denee and their children Kyle and Scott. Pat is also survived by sisters Nancy Piccolino and her husband Joe, Diane McCawley and her husband Dave, and Janet Valent and her husband Oscar. Also surviving are stepchildren Lisa Williams and her husband Rob, Shannon Hillman and her husband Jason and their children Hailey and Ryan. Pat also leaves many loving nieces and nephews. And last but definitely not least, she leaves behind her cherished golden retriever, Murphy. We all feel blessed to have been granted the time we had with her here on Earth, even though the time was far too short.

Celebrations of Pat’s beautiful life will be held in Maine and upstate New York this summer. Locations and times will be announced soon.

All who know Pat well love her unconditionally, the way she loves them. We miss her terribly.