January 14, 1929 - January 28, 2022
Evelyn Patricia McLaughlin of Fort Myers Beach, Florida, known as Pat, passed peacefully at home on 28 January 2022, surrounded by family and devoted caregiver Maureen Claudia Thompson, in Ocean City, Maryland at age 93. Born to the late Marcellus Eugene Wade Jr. and Evelyn Welsh Wade in Buck Lodge, Montgomery County Maryland on January 14, 1929, she was “Sweet Petunia”, the treasured youngest of six children. She graduated from Georgetown Visitation in Washington DC and began her career at the National Institutes of Health, where she met the love of her life and future husband, Robert B. McLaughlin, whom she wedded in 1951. Pat was an avid sportsperson, excelling in basketball in her youth, a league champion bowler in Madison, TN, and a lifetime golfer, which she played well into her 80’s. She also enjoyed needlepoint and sewing, adorning her homes with her work. After raising four children in Nashville, TN and Wilmington, DE, where she worked in the insurance business, in 1984 Robert retired from DuPont and they made Fort Myers Beach their home, enjoying the beauty of the sea and developing many lifelong friends among their fellow residents at Shamron Beach Condominium. One could often find her engaged in one of her favorite past-times, shell collecting. She was a member of the Shadow Wood Country Club women’s golf league and enjoyed regular nights out with her girlfriends attending the performing arts at the Barbara Mann Theater. Summer months were spent in Ocean City, MD, surrounded by extended family and enjoying the beauty of Assawoman Bay, regularly hosting traditional crab feasts with the family’s own harvest and actively participating in the Bridgepoint community. A devout Catholic, Pat attended the Church of the Ascension in Fort Myers Beach, FL and St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ocean City, MD. She was preceded in her death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Robert. She is survived by four children, Richard Kevin McLaughlin of Avondale, PA, John David McLaughlin of Juno Beach, FL, Robert Wade McLaughlin of Bangkok, Thailand, and Mary Anne (Jack) Sculley of Hockessin, DE, grandchildren USN CDR Robert Francis (Jennifer) O’Donnell MD of Suffolk, VA and Wade Richard McLaughlin of Los Angeles, CA, great-grandchildren Caroline Elizabeth, Audrey Evelyn, Matthew Robert, and Tyler Joseph O’Donnell. Also, surviving is her brother-in-law Alan Tracy McLaughlin of Fairfax, VA, sisters-in-law Annette Hofmann McLaughlin of Ocean City, MD, and Dr. Gabriel McLaughlin of McLean, VA, four nieces, three grandnieces, and cousins USN Capt. (ret) Tom (Sharon) DeBeck MD of Wilmington, NC and Chuck (Chris) Wade of Frederick, MD. A viewing for Pat will be held from 3:00 - 5:00 PM on Friday, February 4, 2022 at Burbage Funeral Home, 108 William Street, Berlin, Maryland 21811. (410) 641-2111. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at St. Luke’s Church, 9903 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland 21842, (410) 250-0300. A Memorial Mass for Pat will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Friday, February 11, 2022 at Church of the Ascension, 6025 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931. Pat will join her beloved husband Robert in eternity following the Memorial Mass at 11:30 AM when she is laid to rest at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33907. Burial is tentatively scheduled to occur on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Please check with a family member or back on this website for more information which will be posted as soon as further details become available. To share a story or photo, leave a tribute or to offer condolences to the family at this difficult time please visit Pat's memorial webpage located at www.fortmyersmemorial.com and sign her guestbook.
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