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“Wonderful, Godly friend and neighbor. What a positive force for good in our community. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Laura Smalley - Exeter, NH

“God's speed to you good friend, on this your final journey. My Granddaughter Virginia and I will miss you but will happily remember your grace and...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Anne Satterthwaite - Norwalk, CT

“One of the most interesting and positive women I have ever met. Her life was dedicated to helping others. She was always upbeat. Her love of life was...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Karen Howard - Darien

“Pat has been active in many organizations and her influence in the DCA Thrift shop was tireless where I felt privileged to volunteer with her for the...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Terri and Marty Flaherty - Darien, CT

“I saw Pat all over town for the 30 years I've lived in Darien. She would always say she was on top of the world, when asked how she was. I did not...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Karen Boccadoro - Darien, CT

“A wonderful lady and a familiar face to the residents of Darien. She will truly be missed. Rest in Peace. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: LuAnn Stuart - Darien, CT

“Thank you for your unselfish service to others.May you rest in peace. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: - New Canaan, CT


Mary Patricia Parlette, born on February 13, 1926, died peacefully on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Fairfield County Hospice House in Stamford. Always known at Pat, she was the beloved daughter of Mary and Oliver Parlette. She was predeceased by her 2 beloved brothers Oliver and Richard Parlette. She resided and maintained her lifelong home in Darien and always kept a seasonal floral greeting on the lamppost near her home.

Pat graduated from Darien High School class of 1943 and Greenwich Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1946. She was a member of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps. She spent time at Yale where she was specifically trained to care for polio victims. She traveled and worked as an RN in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, California and even Hawaii where she worked at the Tripler Military Hospital caring for polio patients. She worked for Holland America Line as a Registered Nurse. She worked for Seaboard World Airlines as a Registered Nurse for 38 years. Her assignments took her to military bases all over the world especially Europe, Japan, and Vietnam. Her love of travel taught her; there are no strangers in the world, only friends you have not met.

Between travels, she volunteered extensively in Darien. At the Darien Community Association, she was dedicated to customer service in their Thrift Shop and acted as treasurer for many years. The proceeds from the thrift shop support the DCA Scholarship Fund. In 1943 Pat was awarded a DCA scholarship which she credited as the bedrock of her career as a Registered Nurse. She also volunteered at Darien Book Aid, St. John RC Church, At Home in Darien, and at the Noroton Fire Department where she was a familiar figure serving beer under the beer tent at their Annual Block Party. In 2019 she was the Grand Marshall of Darien's Memorial Day Parade. A very proud day for Pat.

Pat will be laid to rest in the most beautiful outfit she had the privilege to wear, her nurse's uniform. The garment of her service on land, in the air and at sea during her life as a Registered Nurse.

Friends may call at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery, Darien.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Darien Community Association (DCA), 274 Middlesex Road, Darien, CT 06820.