Patricia Angela Stokes affectionately known as “Aunt Pat” to most was born to Essie and Rufus Stokes on December 14, 1948, in Margret Hague Hospital Jersey City, New Jersey.
She received her education in the Jersey City Public School System.
In her youthful years, she marched as a Captain in the Majorette for the Elks of Jersey City.
Patricia was baptized by her stepfather Pastor Melvin Kennedy in her early teens. Many of her teenage and early adult years were spent with her best friends; her sister Linda and brother Rufus. These three were like glue on a stick. As Patricia began to explore the world it took her on a path that could have led to destruction but her strength and God’s grace afforded her many opportunities to live a life that exhibited love and endurance.
Pat's VOICE would sing out melodies like a mocking bird. You could always catch her singing an oldie but goodie or one of her favorite gospel songs Be Grateful. At any family gathering, you were bound to find her dancing as if she owned the dance floor. She was a SPECTACULAR ARTIST. After choosing a different path in life Pat received her Certification to be a Nurse Assistant with Bayada Assistive Care. She enjoyed reading the Bible, dictionary, drawing, writing in calligraphy and solving crossword puzzles. With such a big heart and love for children, she dedicated many years to caring for her great-nieces which were more like her Goddaughters: Devin, Destiny, Davonna, and Malaya. Pat devoted her time to homeschooling them and preparing them with the necessary skills to be successful in school. Pat was known for caring for her pet son “Juicy” and decorating her apartments in the most classiest combination of red, black, and white!
Patricia attended bible study in her building (Berry Gardens Senior Living) where her sister Rev. Carolyn Stokes Lassiter taught weekly bible study. After battling with renal failure and COPD she spent several months back in forth in the hospital and rehabilitation.
Thursday, January 17, 2019, Patricia was bought home from rehabilitation by her sisters with plans of continuing her healing process and having more of their precious sister time. However, God had a different plan and later that day Pat closed her eyes to begin a life with no more suffering and struggling.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents: Rufus Stokes, Essie Stokes Kennedy (Melvin). Two brothers Rufus and Michael Stokes, and one nephew Paul Stokes.
She leaves to mourn one brother Joseph Stokes, 3 sisters: Linda Stokes, Carolyn Stokes Lassiter and Karen Kennedy Barley, one godbrother Earl Cunningham (Lana), and one sister-in-love Linda Stokes-Crite. Three uncles Al, Milton, and Ronnie. One aunt Doris. Nine nephews Michael (Nora), Adonis, Rashawn, Christopher, Ralph, and Darnell. (1)
niece Tyria. Five great-nephews: Nickwon, Taylor, Dwayne, Nahlim, Miracle, Adonis, and Zion. One great great-niece Milani. One special sister friend Mamie. (8) special nieces Haroline, Kawanna, Rochanda, Devin, Destiny, Davonna, and Malaya. (4) special nephews Korey, William, James, and Ramone and a host of other nieces, cousins, and friends.