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Patricia Hawley McLaughlin

Obit-McLaughlinPatricia Hawley McLaughlin, 93, passed away March 4th, 2014 in her home in Islamorada, Florida. Patricia was born June 3, 1920 in Evanston, Illinois to Don Milliken Hawley and Mary Wood Hawley. Patricia’s early life was spent in St. Charles and then Geneva, Illinois. She attended both Depauw University and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she majored in Sociology and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Patricia’s first husband, Captain Bonnie Alfred Little, a marine in WWII was killed, 1943, in the line of duty on Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, being awarded both the silver star and purple heart. Patricia enlisted, following college, into the Red Cross. While serving in the Pacific Theater Islands, she met her lifetime partner and husband Captain Mano “Mac” McLaughlin, a decorated marine.

Patricia and Mano married on July 19, 1947 in the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Geneva, Illinois. Pat and Mac began their 63 year married life together in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mano’s hometown. Patricia volunteered at the hospital and the VA. It was here that their first two children were born. Soon after, they moved to Geneva, Illinois. Pat and Mac enjoyed summers of family fun around their pool, swimming, gardening, and romping in the Fox River-front property. Two of Patricia’s many talents included arranging fresh flowers and spectacular table settings. Holiday dinners will always be remembered having the 20-plus members seated around her table basted in candlelight

Sharing a deep love of America, they actively campaigned at the local and national level. They worked within the 15th congressional district of Illinois for Federal House of Representatives: Cliff Carlson, John Grotberg and Dennis Hastart. At the presidential level, Patricia again, was found behind the scenes managing the details for Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. In all cases, they brought victory to their supported candidates within their district, Her campaign work was highlighted by a personal invitation to Reagan’s Presidential Inauguration, at which she and Mac attended.

Patricia and her husband started a manufacturing company, Industrial Foam Corporation. She was the secretary and accountant of this corporation producing speaker horns and computer housings.

Pat’s father, Don M. Hawley, built a home in the Florida Keys in the 1950s. He was a co-founder of the Islamorada Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament. Pat and Mac shared Don’s love of fishing and spent many wonderful years fishing the flats of the Florida Bay with the likes of Captain Jack Brothers and Captain Eddie Wightman. Patricia held the women’s world record for largest Permit caught on six pound test line. Their shared love of fishing has been passed down to 14 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren who affectionately call her “Mimi” dubbed so by her first granddaughter, Patty.

During their three year stint in Estes Park, CO, Patricia could be seen piloting her mobile scooter with her dog, ”Suzy Q,” in the front basket. Behind her spectacular sunglasses, she enjoyed our mountain views and warm sunshine.

Patricia was a gracious, warm, and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved to laugh, dance, and never went anywhere without her lipstick! She will be an enduring memory to all who were fortunate to know her.

Patricia is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her brother, Don “Din” Hawley; her three daughters Mary McLaughlin, Margo “Midge” (George) Berry, Dorothy “Dody” (John) Carlson, and son, James (Karolee Sidler) McLaughlin. 14 Grandchildren: Patricia Norton (Scott) McNiven; Mary “Alyssa” Norton; B. Roy “Brett” Norton; Don M. (Laura Erickson) Norton; William H. “Bill” (Leslie Happas) Norton; Sterling M. Berry; George A. “Bert” Berry; Hawley McLaughlin (Clinton) Vining; Brittany J. McLaughlin; Janis M. McLaughlin; Cliffard D. (Lila Honey) Carlson; James M. Carlson; Laura M. Carlson; Clayton “Mac” Carlson.

Eight great grandchildren: Ryan McNiven; Sophie Norton; Carly Norton; Noah Norton; Carter Vining; Drake Vining; Miles Vining; Mano Carlson.

The family will hold a Florida memorial in the fall.

Donations may be made to the Don Hawley Foundation (benefits for Islamorada Fishing Guides and families) at PO Box 88, Islamorada, Florida, 33036 or online:



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