Patricia Ann Benner Aho, 84, passed away Aug. 20, 2020, at the Knox Center in Rockland after a long illness. Pat was lovingly cared for by her husband, Gary, at home for many years. Pat was born in Rockland Dec. 4, 1935, to parents Henry Benner Sr. and Phyllis Snowman Benner.

Pat attended St. George schools from the 1940s to 1954. After graduation, Pat went into the workforce and was employed as a paraprofessional in the Bath School District for many years, as well as working for Nissen’s Baking Co.

Pat loved to collect and sell antiques, which she displayed in many antique group shops, the last being in Warren at the Village Group Shop.

Pat was proud of being a Master Gardener at Brae Maple Farms in Union, as well as writing quilting, cooking and craft articles in the Back Home Magazine. Pat authored two quilting books published by Downeast Enterprises, including “Lighthouse Designs for Quilters.”

Pat loved camping and spent several summers at Moody’s Island with the family. She also loved to travel and was fortunate to have visited Italy, France, Norway, Scotland, England, Canada and all but six U.S. states.

Pat enjoyed being a part of the Literacy Volunteers, teaching adult education in both Bath and Camden. Pat was instrumental in keeping the YMCA swim team active for 21 years in both Bath and Camden, where she participated in many roles.

Pat always stayed active as a member of the Mid-Coast Writers Group, The Finn-Am Society, Master Gardener and was president of Lionesses of Bath. She was a Brownie, Girl Scout and 4-H leader in Skowhegan. She was also a Cub Scout leader in Bath and was active in All Saints Episcopal Church in Skowhegan, where she taught Sunday School.

Pat was predeceased by her parents, a brother, Henry “Butch” Benner Jr., and grandson Jared Quint.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 65 years, Gary Aho, of Lincolnville; daughters Cynthia Aho of Waldoboro; Claudia Quint (Kurt) of Lincolnville and their children, Meghan, Alan and Jesse; Andrea Aho of Farmingdale and her children, Sydney and Bryon.

She is also survived by her sons, Timothy Aho (Susannah) of Waldoboro and their children Hillia, Dasha, and Tzevi; Michael Aho (Tracy) of Jacksonville, Fla.; and David Aho of Jefferson and his children, Mia and Samantha; as well as sister-in-law Aini Johnson-Yuskaitis (Paul) of Hooksett, N.H., she leaves behind her great-grandchildren, Hayden, Ryleigh, Karson, Althea, several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Visitation for Pat will be held Friday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hall’s of Thomaston, 78 Main St., Thomaston, with a funeral service Saturday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White St., Rockland, with Rector Lael Sorenson officiating.

Pat will be laid to rest at the French Cemetery in Lincolnville following the service. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing is required as well as the wearing of masks.

The family has requested that donations in Pat’s name be made to St. Judes Hospital, 501 St. Judes Place, Memphis TN 38105 or The Finn-Am Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 488, Warren ME 04864.

Arrangements are with Hall’s of Thomaston. To extend online condolences to the family, visit Hall Funeral