Patricia Mary Deering

March 09, 1962 ‒ May 13, 2019

Newark, Ohio

Patricia Mary Deering, 57, of Newark passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at home with her loving husband, Keith by her side. She was born in Columbus on March 9, 1962 to the late John Louis and Loretta Rose (Frankenberg) Deering.

Pat was the Farm Land Preservation Coordinator for the Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District.  She participated in the Big Sister Program in Franklin County.  Pat was on the Board of the Licking Land Trust, COLT, and CASA of Franklin County.   She was an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.  Pat had a great love for the outdoors.  She enjoyed gardening, watching and photographing birds and just being in nature.

Pat is survived by her husband, Keith Ward; siblings, James (Cheri) Deering, Kathryn Deering, John Deering and Gerald (Lori) Deering; nieces, Alivia, Alyssa and Savannah; nephews, Jacob, Aaron and Joey; and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her brother, Jeffrey Deering.

A returning to nature service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Kokosing Nature Preserve, 10620 Quarry Chapel Rd, Gambier, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made in Pat’s memory to the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation, 302 West Main St., #100, Avon, Connecticut 06001; or to a memorial at Dawes Arboretum and contribute online, at   Please note that the contribution is “In Memory of Pat Deering.”  Otherwise people can send check to The Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Road, Newark OH  43056 attn:  Alex, with “In Memory of Pat Deering” in the memo line.

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  • Sincere condolences. Pat will be missed. I have many sweet memories of her, especially when my kids were little.

  • Pat was an inspiring colleague for all of us working to preserve farmland and natural places in Ohio. She was so very focused on her work, and on helping us all forward on our cause — preserving Ohio’s special places and bounty. Her courage and example lives on.

  • Pat was a committed conservationist who cared deeply about community. I knew Pat as a land trust colleague and will always see and remember Pat as a kind and genuine women who touched me with her grace, kindness and generosity. I admired Pat’s positivity and courage and ever-smiling disposition and will be forever grateful for knowing Pat Deering, a beacon of how to live and share the spirit of life.

  • My heartfelt condolences to all who loved Pat Deering. Pat was a leader in all issues related to farmland preservation and especially in the context of unique issues encountered by SWCD’s. Toward the end of her life she was engaged in visionary thinking about sustainable and effective stewardship of ag easements, including easement defense by government entities. She was a delightful person and wonderful colleague. She will be deeply missed in the land preservation community. Her legacy will live on in many ways, not least of which will be the many hundred acres she helped to preserve as “forever farms.”

    Sincerely yours,
    Laura A. Curliss
    Attorney at Law
    President of Cardinal Land Conservancy, Inc.

  • I was saddened to hear of Pat’s passing. She was a special person and my heart goes out to her family and everyone who knew her.

  • Pat was…passionate about her work to save farmland, generous in sharing her knowledge and experience, committed to making the world a better place, gracious and courageous. She will live on in the lives of those she touched.

  • Keith,

    We did not have the pleasure of meeting Pat , only heard about her from talking to you. She sounds like she was a great person who loved and appreciated the small things in life. We all probably could have learned a lot from Pat. You and your family are in Mary Ann’s and my thoughts during this tragic time you are facing. She will be remembered. We are deeply very sorry for your loss…stay strong.

    Tim & Mary Ann Graham

  • Heartfelt condolences to Pat’s family and friends. I will miss her bright warm smile! Her passion for people and nature has left a mark on many. Until we meet again my friend.

  • Sympathy for the family, friends, and colleagues of Pat.
    She will be missed by all who knew her.
    – Amy Reeher, Trumbull SWCD

  • Sending heartfelt condolences to all the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for your loss.

  • Pat was such a lovely, warm person. Her passion for conservation and her dedication to continuing the work was extraordinary. She was the kind person who planted the tree knowing she might never enjoy it’s shade. My deepest condolences to her family. Our land has lost a protector of its natural beauty and heritage who will be deeply missed.

  • We were fortunate to have just met Pat in the last few months. She was a truly warm and caring person, radiating life and love, beautiful inside and out. Our sincere sorrows go out to her husband and all of her family. Our prayers and love are with you.

    Jane and Robert

  • My heart is heavy. I met Pat when I was 15 and she was 17. She was a force of nature. A strength of comfort. My friend. My confidant . My family.

  • Kathryn Deering I;m sorry for your loss and your familys. Prayers of comfort and peace sent.

  • My condolences to Pat’s family and friends. She was warm and kind, full of positive energy, and a joy to have known.

  • I was very sad to hear that Pat had passed away. I didn’t see her that often, but whenever I stopped into the LCSWCD office to borrow equipment for public education, she always greeted me with a warm smile. We would chat a little, and catch up…she always made time for a quick visit with me. I think the choice for a “Returning To Nature” Service is a very fitting way to honor what Pat loved in life. She was passionate about protecting (and enjoying) nature, and educating people to be good stewards of our natural world. She was a wonderful person who will be missed.

  • Sending heartfelt condolences to Pat’s family, friends and collogues. She will be missed by her conservation family.
    -Michelle Mattix, Marion SWCD

  • Keith, my condolences to you and your family. I regarded Pat as a true friend and colleague in farm land conservation and fellow conservationist. I had the pleasure of having Pat accompany me last Fall on my trip to the Land Trust Alliance Rally in Pittsburgh. Pat was always an upbeat person and a great person to know. I truly appreciated her optimism and outlook on life. She will be missed.

  • Pat has truly been a generous soul to me and my family. She has mentored and shared her knowledge with me. She has been kind and thoughtful to my children with genuine concern for our troubles despite all that she was going through. Her manner encouraged us to see that there is always something to be positive for, if just for every new day. I am thankful to have had her in my life.

  • The very first time meeting Pat it was clear, she may be compact in body, but her smile was bigger than life. When she laughed, you were drawn in, hooked, and felt incredibly warm at how genuine and generous in spirit. Whether she was tending to the farm, sharpening the pencil on a grant proposal, educating you on the flora and fauna of the farm, or just taking the perfect picture of family and friends at a reunion, she was someone you wanted to hug, be around, or be elevated by her positivity and appreciation for the beautiful things in life. She made us truly believe in God as no one else could make someone so beautiful, humble, and so worth loving. We hope to achieve similar achievements in the eyes of God so we can spend eternity with someone so beautiful. God be with you,
    Love Frank & Cousin Margaret D’Agostino and your Oregon & Washington Families

  • Pat was a kind, warm soul, who made the world a better place, as she shared her gifts with everyone who knew her. She is already greatly missed, but her memory will surely live on through the differences she made and the lives she touched.
    – Shana Byrd, The Dawes Arboretum

  • Keith – We are so sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. Pat “fought the good fight” and has now been called home by our Lotd. May she rest in peace and in the loving presence of God. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

  • I am heartbroken to hear of Pat’s passing. We have known each other since high school. A true friend to everyone she met. Always a positive upbeat outlook. Caring and Kindness to all she knew and this planet Earth. Thoughts and Prayers to all of her family. Forever in our hearts she will be.

  • My Aunt Pat was a light in my life. She was there at every major event but I cherish the little moments most. Especially the walks through many gardens where should could list off every plant in sight. Her laugh was infectious and I will always remember the sound of it. I am so grateful to have such an involved and loving teacher, family member, and most of all friend. Many of us wouldn’t be the same without her.

    All my love,

  • Keith & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. She was such a wonderful person who taught me so much during my time at LC Soil & Water. When I see native flowers or birds flying by I will think of Pat. When I enjoy a little bit of dark chocolate I will think of Pat. When I see a beautiful piece of Licking County farmland I will think of Pat. I pray our memories of Pat, like her, will always be strong and beautiful.

  • Pat was such a wonderful person. David and I will miss her. She had such a sweet spirit and loving respect for nature. We always felt good just being around her to share that spirit. She was a blessing.
    David and Jeanne Rouse