Patricia was born “Patricia Agnes Kane” on February 24, 1940 to parents Bernard Lawrence Kane and Lucina Agnes (Hohman) Kane, in Cleveland, OH. The family left Ohio and settled in Michigan for approximately seven years before finally settling on a farm in Southern, Indiana with her parents and siblings (James, Thomas, and Josephine Kane).
Raised Irish-Catholic, she attended St. Josephs in Corydon, Indiana before attending Corydon Central High School. After Patricia graduated from Corydon Central High School in 1958, she went to Jeffersonville, Indiana to work for the United States Census Bureau for approximately five years as a civil servant. In 1963 she joined the United States Air Force, and served with the 2nd Supply Squadron (Strategic Air Command), at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana. Patricia was honorably discharged from the Air Force on May 8, 1964 as an Airman third class.
She returned to Jeffersonville, Indiana and rejoined the United States Census Bureau where she made maps. In October 1965, she fell madly in love with a young Louisville Police Officer, and on May 13, 1966, Patricia A. Kane married James William Morgan Sr. in Corydon, Indiana and subsequently moved to Louisville, Kentucky to begin her new life as Patricia A. Morgan
Patricia continued working as she began building her family, but the mid 1970’s would test her. Finding herself divorced and raising three boys alone, Patricia’s Catholic faith and maternal tenacity saw her through the toughest of times. As a single mom with little income, she worked where she could and survived (she said the Serenity Prayer a lot). She did not have much, but what she had, she gave to her children.
Always striving to better herself and her family situation, she went to work at the Naval Ordnance Station Louisville (NOSL). Initially, she studied drafting and tried to forge a new career there. By the mid-1980’s, she had successfully supported three boys through private Catholic elementary and middle-school (St. Aloysius), and into private Catholic High School (Trinity), but she realized that she needed education to get ahead, so she began night school.
She worked on an associate’s degree part-time, while working full-time and raising her (challenging) teenage boys. The 1990’s were the next major test of Patricia’s Catholic faith and character. In late 1990, she had to bury her youngest son (suicide), and immediately see her second youngest son off to war (Desert Storm), that—at the time—nobody knew would be relatively bloodless. Those were trying years, but Patricia was a survivor and drew strength from her church and her Al-Anon community.
She never gave up; she persevered though her challenges, and in the early 1990’s, she finally graduated from Jefferson Community College with a general Associates Degree. She rose to become a configuration manager, supporting the U.S. Navy at NOSL. She worked there for another 6 years, until base realignments forced her to retire from federal service as a GS-11.
In retirement, Patricia enjoyed traveling to see her sons and grand-children. She became “Grand-Mom”, but day-to-day, she enjoyed morning coffee over her mini-books of Sudoku puzzles, afternoons doing battle with the acre of greenery surrounding her “mansion”, and evenings relaxing over television (or playing computer Sudoku or other Msn Games!), with a bag of her beloved popcorn.
But even in retirement, she never stopped working. “Grand-Mom” continued to work—part-time at a movie theater (she loved popcorn!), within her church, her faith, and her programs (Al-Anon and Survivors of Suicide). She gave and received support; she was selfless, loving and she helped others. Patricia was an amazing woman of faith and strong moral character; she was a great sister, a fantastic aunt, a good friend, and a superb mom—she will be missed by all!
Patricia is preceded in death by her parents, her youngest son (Erick Raymond Morgan), and her brothers, Thomas Kane and James Kane.
She is survived by her sons, Phillip Morgan (wife Anabel) and Nick Morgan (wife Tonya); her sister, Josephine Farry (husband Doug); 6 grandchildren (Simon, Nicholas, Phillip Jr., Benjamin, Maria, and Baylee); and many, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
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Due to the support she received when her sons were enrolled, Patricia was a huge supporter of Trinity High School (a Catholic, college-preparatory high school, forming men of faith and men of character), so a gift to the Trinity H.S. Foundation (in lieu of flowers) may be made to: the THS Foundation [502-736-2156], 4011 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40207 [email@example.com]: https://trinityrocks.givecloud.co/product/THSFOLGFTS/make-a-gift
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