Pat Monahan

Fear knocked — Hope answered — No one was there.

No services are planned for Patricia Monahan, who died Thursday, July 28, 2005 at her home in Aptos, Ca.

Pat was born of Navy parents in Manila, Philippines, and attended elementary school in California. In 1942, she graduated from Punahou High School on Oahu, Hawaii, and attended three universities in three states before receiving a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Houston, Texas, in 1946.

In 1952, Pat married Dr. James L. Monahan, an army dentist stationed in Kaiserlautern, Germany. With so much traveling under her belt at age 28, Pat could have been featured in a travel brochure. She collected woodblock prints in Japan, mastered lapidary techniques while living in Texas (and was an avid "rock hound" from then on, searching for agates and jaspers in many states.) Pat also studied silversmithing and photography at Cabrillo College, after the couple moved to Aptos in 1973.

On a 1986 trip to Tennessee, she noticed American quilts of the Midwest and her creative interests changed. She eventually won Best of Show in the 1995 Quilt Fair of the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association. As a breast cancer survivor, Pat cherished her Light at the End of the Cancer Tunnel quilt (detail view), which was inspired by 450, 2-inch squares sent to her by quilters from across the country. The quilt was featured in the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Mass., and is on the cover of Reflections on Breast Cancer, Pilgrim Press, Cleveland.

Pat and her husband were enthusiastic Airstream Travel Trailer travelers.

She is survived by husband Jim of Aptos, son Kevin and daughter-in-law Barbara of Santa Cruz and brother Adm. Peter Cullins, USN Ret, and wife Val in Maryland.

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Donations are preferred to the Hospice Caring Project of Santa Cruz County, 6851 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003.