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North Country Lady

Started by TOMINCT, July 11, 2017, 02:33:08 PM

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 I was informed by Roger that his wife Pat, aka North Country Lady, has passed after being stricken with cancer.

Pat was Roger's better half, always there and ready to help when she could. We met as she was trying to attain Rifleman status, and she did years back at a shoot in Columbia, Maine. Once she accomplished this she became an AC/RSO and never turned back. She was at most all Maine events I can recall, doing pre registration and helping those who needed it. In the last few years she would tell strikes one and two and did so in a very serious manner. She was also involved with scheduling at the national level of Appleseed.

  Here is a list of some of her other accomplishments:

Pat attended the Newport schools, graduating from Towle High School, Class of 1960 as valedictorian. She went on to the University of NH, graduating Cum Laude in 1964 with a BA in English Education. Pat began her teaching career in a high school with 4,400 students. She had 160 students in her first year out of college. Many were new immigrant students and Pat taught them English after school where her voluntary class grew to 153 students and became the first English as a Second Language (ESL) program in the nation. She was the national women's field archery champion in 1958. Pat got her first deer with a bow on her grandfather's farm. She was a Navy Wife, keeping home and hearth safe as Roger served in the Navy, She earned two master's degrees in education and taught in six states. She was a child advocate for those students who had no advocates. Her ham radio call was N1ZDH.  She was an advanced EMT and saved lives. She served on many boards in many organizations. She climbed mountains, ran most of Maine's white water rivers and won sled dog races. She was the NH state Debate Champion and a great story teller, most recently with Project Appleseed.

Besides her husband of 52 years she leaves two son's, Adam Ek, wife Ailsa and grandson David of Merrimack, NH., Matthew Ek and wife Candace of Portland, Maine and other out of state relatives and friends.

It was a priviledge to have known Pat Ek, she will be sorely missed.
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 So very sorry to hear this. Project Appleseed has lost a very "Special Member".

Roger please know we are here for you.  Although not physically with you we stand with you in spirit and offer our condolences and support in any way we can.
Pat IS special and what she has accomplished and added to those she touched will go on forever. We won't mourn her but celebrate her life and what she has done for her Appleseed Family.

Stand tall my brother, Pat will ALWAYS be right beside you.

I for one will honor and celebrate her accomplishments by adding her name to the list of those who gave all on April 19, 1775 at our annual "Memorial Event" in April.


Anyone who would like to join me please add Pat to your list as a very well deserved salute.

Two Wolves

A very accomplished woman---my deepest condolences, Two Wolves   :cool2:
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Instructor Scheduling

Although I never met Pat in person, we were in communication, as the two of us have been keeping instructor scheduling running for the past eight years. Pat was the one who did all the heavy lifting around IS. She will be missed.

Old Guide, know that I have been thinking about Pat and sending prayers her way since she informed me of her illness. She was an amazing woman and my life is better for having the honor of working with her.

IS / Miki


Pat was a regular at the many Appleseeds we held at Pleasant River Fish & Game in Columbia, enduring conditions ranging from snow and rain to hot summer sun, always cheerfully, never a complaint. Very sorry to hear of her passing, the program in Maine will not be the same without her.



I worked with Pat and you over 3 AS at North Berwick Rod and Gun  and learned a bunch from you all.

Pat was always ready to help both the new and veteran ASers.

We all know the hard work that goes into an AS event and we appreciate your and Pat's kindness.

My condolences.


Shooting North

Very sorry to hear this. I met Pat at last year Skowhegan shoot, she was a class act.
My family's thoughts are with you.