In Memory of

Patricia

A.

Stone

(Stone)

Obituary for Patricia A. Stone (Stone)

Burlington, VT – Dr. Patricia “Pat” Stone, 82, went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 10, 2024. She was with her beloved son Cooper, as she passed peacefully into Jesus' welcoming arms.

Pat was born on June 13, 1942, the daughter of Napoleon and Lucy Stone. Having grown up in Burlington, she attended Rice Memorial High School and graduated as class Valedictorian in 1960. Pat continued her education at the University of Vermont where she graduated in 1964 with a BA in Psychology and Pre-Med. Pat was the first in her family to attend college and graduated Cum Laude; she was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. The first doctoral degree issued by UVM in clinical psychology was issued to Pat in 1968; not only was she the first to graduate with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, but she was also the first woman to graduate in the field as well.

Dr. Stone practiced for a span of over 50 years, starting in Community Mental Health in 1968. For 10 years she served the South Burlington School District as the Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services. From 1980 to 2019, Pat worked in private practice, evaluating various learning disabilities and psychological disorders; she was instrumental in advocating for services and treatments for children and adults who otherwise would not have had them. Pat provided evaluation and consultation services from referrals made by public and private schools, colleges, courts, Public Defenders, private attorneys, Vermont Department of Children & Families, physicians, parents, adults and self-referrals. In the early years, Dr. Stone taught part-time as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Vermont and Trinity College; she was also a consultant on the Hospital Improvement Program at the Dannemora State Prison in New York.

Her life’s work focused on helping thousands over a long career, many of whom, years after being seen, returned to thank her and provided updates on their achievements and triumphs.

Pat served on numerous boards including membership on the Chittenden County Republican Committee and was appointed by Governors Richard Snelling and Madeleine Kunin to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Adult Education. Pat served two years on the Vermont Psychological Association Legislative Committee and 5 years on both the Christ the King School Board and the Heineberg Senior Center Board of Directors.

Pat gave selflessly of her time and energy to the community she loved; she was a member of the Finance Council, Parish Council and lector at St. Mark’s Church in Burlington. Pat could be found as the volunteer cashier at St. Mark’s for Parish Dinners, lawn parties and as Deacon Tim affectionately referred to her as, the “chief pickle slicer” for the annual Thanksgiving dinner that serves nearly 600 people. She also spent countless hours pricing and cashiering for the Heineberg Senior Center tag sales. Pat was also a member of the Elk’s Lodge #916 Scholarship Committee. For many years, Pat worked at the polls on election days as Assistant Election Official. During earlier years, she served on the board of directors for the South End Little League and volunteered as scorekeeper for youth hockey games.

Pat is survived by her most beloved son, Cooper P. Stone; only nephew Bradley J. Nikel; special cousin Larry Lacaillade of Florida; several relatives; numerous, very close, supportive friends, colleagues and neighbors. Pat would like to acknowledge and thank the many friends and well-wishers from St. Mark’s Church and Burlington Elk’s Lodge for the prayers, food and cards over the past several years. Pat is predeceased by her parents; only sister and best friend, Margaret Stone Nikel; devoted brother-in-law, LaCaze “Nick” Nikel and dedicated, loving cousin, Thomas Lacaillade.

Pat often said the best decision she ever made was to travel to Peru and adopt the infant who would become her son, Cooper, the dearest and most important thing in her life. She treasured every activity and event they shared. She especially loved being “hockey mom”, attending all his games from the time Cooper was a mere 5 years of age, into the adult league, as recently as 2021.

Pat was a true patriot with a deep love of our country, its history, heritage, and achievements. She understood that the strength of a nation lies in its citizens' awareness and appreciation of their shared past. Her commitment to preserving traditions and values was unwavering, and she instilled that same sense of pride in family, friends, and community. Pat prayed the rosary each day for our country to embrace the principles and values that she held dear. It was her father who instilled this patriotism in Pat. Throughout her life, she proudly flew the American flag, attended numerous parades, never missed Independence Day Celebrations and helped at the election polls. Pat’s love of politics and our country’s history is reflected in her collection of Dwight D. Eisenhower memorabilia, which is impressive and highly cherished.

Pat’s religion was the foundation for all that she did; her church community was treasured by her. Jesus was a priority in her life, and she happily displayed that love daily. Pat prayed for all of us; in fact, her prayer list became so long, she had to categorize it! Her family will miss her warm smile and sense of humor that blessed us all.

A celebration of Life will be held at St Mark Church, 1251 North Ave., Burlington on Saturday, January 20, at 10:00am. Burial will be at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Pat’s name to the Family Parish Center Handicapped Accessible Restroom Fund, St. Mark’s Church, 1251 North Avenue, Burlington VT 05408