Patricia Anne Chandler Heezen

By on March 10, 2019

St. Mary’s Ga. — Mrs. Patricia Anne Chandler Heezen, 84, passed away in her home on March 7 after a brief battle with cancer.

Pat was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on November 25, 1934. The youngest of 3 children, she lived in Toronto, Windsor and Montreal, Canada during her school years, where, as a member of a competitive tumbling team, she spent long afternoons in the local gym practicing flips and vaults.

In 1947, Pat moved to the United States to show the US citizens exactly how tough Canadians are. Settling with her family in South Bend, Indiana, Pat studied at University of Indiana and later began working at Bendix Corp. as a draftsman. There, she met and married the love of her life, American rocket scientist Ken Heezen.

Pat and Ken, together with their growing family, moved to Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 1959, as Ken was called to work with the Mercury and Apollo missions in the race to put the first man on the moon.

After several happy and exciting years in Florida, the family moved to Newport News, Virginia, where Pat continued an extraordinary career, as she was one of the few women working as an industrial designer for engineering firms that re-outfitted US Naval Warships.

Once they retired, Pat and Ken moved to the Outer Banks, North Carolina where Pat actively managed the business of their oceanfront rental houses and also became involved in numerous community and volunteer activities, including a competitive tap dancing group and many local theatre and exercise groups.

She became a fixture on beach near their rental properties talking to summer vacationers and locals alike, always with one of her many dogs in tow. Pat especially sought out beach-goers with nice dogs.

Be it for canine or human, Pat had a longstanding passion for researching alternative health topics, and could often be heard extolling the virtues of natural medicine. As quite the extrovert, she often could be found in the aisles of local grocery stores explaining the miracle homeopathic remedy of coconut oil to any who were willing to listen. Quite often the unsuspecting shopper would leave the store with tubs of the miracle elixir.

Those who remember Pat will remember a woman full of spunk, attitude, strength, and character. A true Canadian at heart, she never sought the easy way of doing things. Pat was in possession of a quick wit and a unique brand of situational humor which her children and grandchildren will always cherish.

Her love of man’s best friend never expired as she left us with her faithful golden retriever, Bella, along with her loving family by her side.

She is survived by her daughters and their families, Sharon and Mike Altiser and their children, Heather, Casey and Nick; Sandra Heezen and Andrew Goldkuhle and their children, Max, Carolina and Jolena, and her brother Harold Chandler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alys Martin Chandler and Walter George Chandler, her brother Richard Chandler, her husband Kenneth Heezen, and her son Frank Heezen.

Close family and friends plan to celebrate Pat’s long and joyful life at a memorial service to be held in the Outer Banks later this year. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to a local charity of choice.

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