Patricia Lord

Patricia A. Lord (McMahon)

Mar 30, 1932 - Oct 6, 2020
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Surrounded by her children, Patricia Ann McMahon Lord joined her beloved husband, John Lord, Jr., in eternal rest on October 6, 2020.

Mom was born in 1932 to Philomena and Edward McMahon and was raised in the Bronx. She married Dad in 1952. They moved to Brewster, NY, in 1961, where they raised their eight children. Mom was deeply devoted to her Catholic faith and shared her devotion through her involvement as a eucharistic minister and visitor of homebound and hospitalized members of her faith community. At St. Lawrence O’Toole, she was a president of the Mothers’ Guild, member of the Catholic Daughters, lunch mom, gym mom, scout leader, and many other volunteer roles. In 1981 Mom and Dad moved to Arlington, TX, where she made many friends and continued in her devotion to her Catholic faith. Mom and Dad settled in Connecticut upon his retirement in 1993. She was an active member of the Old Saybrook Women’s Club and St. John’s Church.

Whether making room at the dinner table or offering her home as a place to stay, Mom was an open heart. She was like a mother to many of her children’s friends and “Aunt Pat” to many nieces and nephews by choice. Mom loved to play! She found great joy competing with others on the tennis court, the playground, the billiards table, and the card table. But Mom loved nothing more than her family. She delighted in time spent with them at the ocean and devoted untold hours to celebrating her children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments and milestones, big and small. Dad referred to Mom as “the Flying Nun,” because whenever a new grandchild was to be born, Mom jumped on a plane and was there to care for the new baby and parents.

Patricia was predeceased by her husband, John; her brothers John and Bill McMahon; her cousin Carol Dugan; her son-in-law Jerry Spiegel; her best friends John and Joan Gallagher and John and Gertrude Webster; and many other wonderful family and friends. She is survived by her children, John Lord (Kathy), Patricia Murphy (Kevin), Kathleen Lord, Michael Lord (Lauren), Ann Marie Farrell (John), Maryann Donaghey (Michael), Meg Miller (Kim Shelpman), and Maureen Tyra (Gary), as well as her grandchildren, John Lord (Molley), Colin Lord, Brian Murphy (Melina), Shannon Lampl (Adam), Emma Spiegel, Kristin Lord, Meghen Lord (Brian), Michael Lord, Katie Farrell, Jack Farrell (Curtis), Maggie Farrell (Devin), Patrick Farrell (Diana), Colleen Brady (Patrick), Michael Donaghey (Lucy), Scott Donaghey (Kelly), Ellen Grant (Richard), Stephen Donaghey (Janine), Ryan Miller (Bailey), Matt Miller (Ellen), Madison Miller, Shea Gerstenmaier (Ben), Brooke Tyra, Kelly Tyra, Paul Tyra, and Ailis Tyra. She was also blessed with nine great-grandchildren, Kiya, Addy, Grady, Nevaeh, Ella, Jacob, Jonas, Saoirse, Hendrix, and three more on the way!

The family recognizes the challenges that the COVID crisis has created. At this time, private services will be held for the immediate family only. We look forward to celebrating Mom’s life with extended family and friends when it is safe to do so. We welcome your remembrances on the online site provided by the Beecher Funeral Home. Memorial

contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital ( or the Cure Alzheimer's Fund (
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Jeanne McMahon

Posted at 12:03am
I remember Aunt Pat fondly, she was a strong woman, with a heart of gold. Her awareness of the Other was always at the forefront in her approach to life. I just have to say “Uncle Leon “ to give everyone a reminder, and a smile. . I remember how moved I was when many many years after Leon was joining us For gatherings, I finally asked who are you related to and found out he was an adoptee. She never brought attention to her kindness somehow it wouldn’t count if she did. The compassion she exhibited in assimilating my family after our tragic loss speaks volumes of the quality person that was, Aunt Pat . When people Love to the depth that she did, they leave their imprint on our soul, at least that’s how it feels to me . May she be surrounded i in love and light and Rest eternally in Peace , having touched the lives of many.
Love Always,
God daughter Jeanne ❤️


eternal peace. You are home with your fellow angels thank you for your visit.

Kathy Briggs

Posted at 01:53pm
Aunt Pat taught me how to laugh through the tears, get up when I had fallen, and see the rainbow after a storm. Aunt Pat, showed me how to be strong, resilient, loving in the face of advisory, charitable, selfless, forgiving and value family.

The one memory that makes me laugh everytime I think of it is when she chased me up the stairs after I imitated her singing Ragtop. It was our ongoing joke in the years that followed.

I give thanks for her time on this earth and in my life but I also give thanks that she has been freed from the body that has trapped her here for these last few years. Rest in peace Aunt Pat.

Love Always
Kathy (McMahon)
The Cool Cat

Kathy Briggs Posted at 02:04pm

One more memory that makes me laugh....She said I suffered in silence - the loudest.

Richard Kelly

Posted at 07:06pm
Pat was always fun to be with and a very gracious hostess(along with her late dear husband). I can still recall her smiling face as she entertained from one Brewster home to another and then In both Old Saybrook homes. I remember,too, a brief visit to their home in Arlington when I only expected to use the pool. She arrived before we could leave-and made sure that we had a wonderful bbq dinner. Pat and John were always about family;and we/she always played some board game or another-monopoly and scrabble come to mind. She has been in our prayers for these many years and will continue to have a place in them.
Maureen and I have fond memories of the various family gatherings hosted by Pat and John and our later visits at the Old Saybrook homes. We were both amazed to hear that all of her children were to gather before her passing- a demonstration of love received and love given.
Maureen and Chip Kelly

Marilyn & Eugene Moeller

Posted at 10:26am
She sounds just wonderful! Our prayers for comfort for you all in this difficult time as you adjust to this new normal. Love to you as you share in events and memories and stories that bind you together as a family, whether you are together in person or online.

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