Mildred Neal Hawley (“Patsy”), 83, of South River (and formerly Somerville, NJ), passed away peacefully on July 9, 2018.
Born in Hartsville, South Carolina, Patsy lived her childhood and teenage years in Tallahassee, Florida where she was a professional singer, including a time when she performed for Lawrence Welk. Later in life, she also performed in 16 off-off-Broadway productions at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Patsy, who attended Florida State University, was a proud member of the University’s famous Flying Circus, and was also a past president of the Women’s Auxiliary at Somerset Medical Center. In 1983, she proudly became the editor of The Legislative Index of New Jersey until her retirement in 1998. Patsy’s favorite place to be during the summer was her beloved family summer house at Paulinskill Lake in Stillwater Township, NJ.
Patsy was the devoted mother of LouEllen Hawley-Dexter (Mrs. Stephen Dexter), Rusty Hawley (Ann), Tricia Hawley, Alison Hawley, and Suzanne Hawley-Kopec. She adored her grandchildren Kevin, Timothy and Casey Dexter, Trevor, Tyler and Tucker Hawley, Nolan and Erin Kopec and great-granddaughter, Navy Dexter. Patsy is also survived by her beloved sister Erma Sever (Mrs. Michael Sever) of Tallahassee, Florida and many nieces and nephews in Florida, Vermont and Massachusetts.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the first floor nurses and staff at CareOne at Madison Avenue (Morristown) whose love, patience and caring helped her gain her strength and ultimately find peace.
The family will host visiting hours on Tuesday, July 17th from 5-8pm at Raritan Valley Country Club, 747 State Route 28, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Dress is business casual and hors d’oeuvres and a buffet style dinner will be served.
Patsy loved all animals big and small and throughout her life enjoyed many family pets. She enjoyed many pet therapy visits while at Morristown Medical Center and Newton Medical Center which always brought a big smile to her face. Patsy was also a lifelong supporter of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Centers. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Patsy’s name to any of the many St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Centers throughout northern New Jersey.