Patricia “Pattty” Rose Bove, 48, of Hattiesburg, MS, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011.
A memorial service was held at Hardy St. Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. Her remains will go home to New York to her mother.
Patty was born February 23, 1963 in Brooklyn. The family moved to Margaretville in the 1970s. Patty graduated from Margaretville Central School in 1980. She joined the Air Force in 1982, did her basic training in Texas and graduated in June of that year. On June 14th she was sent to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs until her discharge.
After her discharge she moved to Hattiesburg, MS to be with her sister Diane. While there she attended Antonelli Business College graduating as a computerized office specialist. She then worked at the University of Southern Mississippi where she worked for many years.
Patty spent her time giving to so many from the first time she smiled and waved saying hello you had a friend. Her passionate caring for people and animals was her signature in life. Every animal she found on the street she quickly adopted.
There was no different treatment of people. She did not see color, ability of presentation only how she could share life and laughter with them.
Patty will be greatly missed at church where she would volunteer whenever called upon to help in the kitchen or with the children’s programs. She also loved working in her yard, which was her sanctuary. Anyone who was fortunate enough to have received her smiling face and carefree laugh has been given a gift. God blessed her with a rare compassion for living things.
She was preceded in death by her father Stephen Bove, her brother Anthony Bove and her brother-in-law Anthony Spatafora.
Survivors include: her mother Ida Bove of Delhi, sisters Regina Spatafora and Diane Bove of Florida. Auntie to Tami and Jason Spatafora, Tiffany Morris and Daniel Bove. Great-aunt to Cheyanna, Cody, Michael Anthony Spatafora, and Bella and Sofia Morris. Her aunt Vicki Stiles of Texas and Uncle Jim and Aunt Carol Farley of New Jersey and also by many cousins and many friends who dearly loved her.
There will be a memorial to celebrate her life in Margaretville, date to be announced.