Patricia Joan Lidy, daughter of Elizabeth and Howard Noonan, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on 16 October 1935 and passed on 16 April 2022. She received a BA in history from the University of Connecticut in 1958 and began what became an extensive elementary and middle school teaching career in Windsor, Connecticut. She received an MA in Education from Hartford University and in 1960 taught at the Kitzingen American School in Germany for the Department of Defense, where she met her beloved Martin Lidy, an Army officer. They were married in 1962 and returned to the U.S. in 1963. She continued teaching at the Emory University reading lab in Atlanta, the Leavenworth, Kansas Public School system, and the Fairfax County School system as a learning disability and resource specialist. Pat received a second MA in Human Resources Management from Marymount University in 1993. When Pat retired from Fairfax County schools in 1996, she was a Career Level II Teacher serving on the Superintendent’s Teacher Professional Committee, and a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society.
She continued her teaching career at Blessed Sacrament School in Alexandria and with the Arlington County Public School system before retiring in 2001. Throughout her teaching career, she was an active member of the American Federation of Teachers. During retirement, Pat served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in West Virginia. She was an active member of the Seminary Hills Neighborhood Association and Friends of Fort Ward Park where you would see her walking daily rain or shine. Pat always looked forward to vacationing in Hilton Head Island where she played tennis, walked on the beach, biked, and observed the wide range of wildlife.
Pat is survived by her husband (Mart) of 59 years; daughters Catherine (Simon) of Nashville, TN, and Bridget (Andy) of Savannah GA; son Christopher (Ann) of Washington, DC; grandsons Henry and George, and granddaughter Caroline. She was predeceased by her parents and brother Richard. A celebration of life memorial service will be held on July 9, 2022, 11:00 a.m. at The Fairfax Retirement Community, 9140 Belvoir Woods Parkway.