Patricia Ek - Wife, Mother, Teacher, Patriot

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Patricia Ek - Wife, Mother, Teacher, Patriot

Roger's wife Pat left this earth for a far, far better place as of Sunday morning. Please take a few moments to reflect on your family, your faith, and what is ultimately important in this life. Thank you.

Patricia Ek

Patricia Rich Ek, 75, of Lee died at home with family and friends at her side on July 9, 2017. She was born March 8, 1942 in Newport, NH to Charles and Hazel Rich of Newport. She is predeceased by her parents and brother Ray Bliss Rich. She leaves her husband of 52 years, Roger Ek, Son, Adam Ek and wife Ailsa and grandson David of Merrimack, NH, Son Matthew Ek and wife Candace of Portland Maine, Brother Charles F. Rich of Newport, NH and Sister Cheryl Smet of Rutland, Vermont. Sisters in law Suzanne Cook and her husband Ralph of Pennsylvania and Joan Rich of Hillsboro, NH and best friends Peter and Lois Wivagg of Connecticut.

Pat attended the Newport schools, graduating from Towle High School, Class of 1960 as valedictorian. She went on to the University of NH, graduating Cum Laude in 1964 with a BA in English Education. Pat began her teaching career in a high school with 4,400 students. She had 160 students in her first year out of college. Many were new immigrant students and Pat taught them English after school where her voluntary class grew to 153 students and became the first English as a Second Language (ESL) program in the nation. She was the national women’s field archery champion in 1958. Pat got her first deer with a bow on her grandfather’s farm. She was a Navy Wife, keeping home and hearth safe as Roger served in the Navy, She earned two master’s degrees in education and taught in six states. She was a child advocate for those students who had no advocates. Her ham radio call was N1ZDH. She was an advanced EMT and saved lives. She served on many boards in many organizations. She climbed mountains, ran most of Maine’s white water rivers and won sled dog races. She was the NH state Debate Champion and a great story teller, most recently with Project Appleseed. She will be missed.

There will be no calling hours. A family gathering will occur at a later date. At her request her ashes will be placed on the west shore of Chesuncook Lake looking east at Mount Katahdin.

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Rest in peace, Pat. Your

Rest in peace, Pat. Your work here is done, and fine work it was. You lived a good life.

Roger, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go on without Pat by your side. Wishing you peace of mind, my friend.

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My condolences Mr. Ek.

My condolences Mr. Ek.
A good wife is the finest treasure a man can find.
Proverbs 31:10-31
(10) Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
(11) The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
(12) She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
(13) She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
(14) She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
(15) She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
(16) She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
(17) She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
(18) She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
(19) She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
(20) She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
(21) She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

(22) She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
(23) Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
(24) She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
(25) Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
(26) She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
(27) She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
(28) Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
(29) Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
(30) Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
(31) Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Tom C
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Very sorry to hear that.

Very sorry to hear that.

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My condolences, Roger.

My condolences, Roger.

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Roger my condolences.

Roger my condolences,it sounds like she was a wonderful partner.

Gerald Weinand
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My condolences to you and

My condolences to you and your family and friends, Roger. GW

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You've touched a lot of nameless, faceless characters in a very positive way. I feel terrible about your loss and wish you Godspeed as you soldier on.

Roger Ek
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Thank you all. I have been

Thank you all. I have been busy and have not checked in lately.

The principal of that high school came in to her class one afternoon and said, "Are you Mrs. Ek?


"Well, we have been getting letters about you from parents. They are thanking us for what you are doing. Exactly what is it that you are doing?"

Pat said, "I am teaching English and writing to your non-reading high school students."

The principal said, "We don't have any non-reading high school students."

Pat said, "Well there are 153 of them on my sign-in sheet."

That was my Pat. First year teacher and she began the first ever English as a Second Language course. That was in 1964. We were married 52 years.

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