Patricia Hastings Bakker (formerly Patricia Blair Hastings) died peacefully on December 30, 2017 at First Community Village in Columbus, Ohio where she was a friend and resident since 2005.
Pat, as she was known to her friends, was born in Warren, Ohio on October 25,1928 to Lucilia Evans Hastings and Robert Blair Hastings. Her first and best childhood friend was Paul Price, her next-door neighbor with whom she still exchanged Christmas cards until her passing.
Wow (Mom spelled upside down with a smiley face in the “o” is how she used to sign every note and card to her children), as she was known to her children, Cornelius (Neil) Nicholas Bakker, III and Blair Elizabeth Bakker (Blair Bakker Clancy), was the best mom ever. She was the keeper of memories, the magic-maker at Christmas and the best listener and confidante we could ever ask for. She spent her life giving to others, and we as her children were at the top of her list. She made our childhood special and amazing and we were loved more than words can show. We are so fortunate to have had her as our mom.
Pat pursued a career in interior design after her graduation from Miami University in Oxford Ohio in 1946. At Miami she met Cornelius Nicholas (Nick) Bakker, Jr. She moved to New York City to attend the New York School of Interior Design. While living in New York she was reacquainted with Nick Bakker and they created a Miami Merger with their marriage in September, 1951. They lived in New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Pat particularly loved Cape Cod and Nantucket and maintained a collection of coastal themed paintings and items in her apartment to evoke memories of her time “down the Cape”.
Pat enjoyed painting, especially early american art. Pat became a proud member of the HSEAD (The Historical Society of Early American Decoration) Brazer Guild after having her work judged and accepted by the HSEAD Judging Committee. She attended many workshops and seminars during her time as an active member and she enjoyed the friendships she made along the way.
Pat was a strong supporter of the Girl Scouts. She was a Girl Scout Field Director and a Troop Leader and she proudly served as the President of the Blue Hill Girl Scout Council in Milton, MA. Pat often remarked that Nick suggested that she would be better off if she would sit on her right hand at meetings due to her desire to volunteer for every committee and event!
Pat also volunteered her time as a Board Member at Derby Academy in Hingham, MA and for the Children’s Museum of Boston. The latter is where she got to show off her love of Halloween by dressing as a witch for the haunted house fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Museum of Boston.
Pat and Nick parted ways and in 1985 Pat moved back to Ohio. She spent several years in Centerville, Ohio getting reacquainted with old friends and making new ones. She worked as an interior designer and then manager for the Ethan Allen Gallery. She was active in DSID (Dayton Society of Interior Designers).
During her time in Centerville she spent time with friends in the “Foxy Manor” group, went to weekly “Breakfast Club” gatherings and enjoyed adventures to Russia and the Mediterranean. Her Kentucky Derby parties, complete with decked out hats and mint juleps, were always an event to look forward to! She also spoke of the many fun gatherings with her friends in DSID.
Pat made an effort to make every day special and unique and she blessed us with her thoughtfulness, kindness and love. Goodbye, Wow. We will miss you!
In keeping with her wishes, cremation will be observed and a memorial service will be held at a later date at First Community Village.
In lieu of flowers, Pat would want donations to be sent to one of her favorite places, Colonial Williamsburg. Donations can be sent to The Colonial Williamsburg Fund Post Office Box 1776 Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-9910 or online at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.
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