RICHMOND—Patricia Gavin Calkins, 88, of Richmond died October 7, 2020.
She was predeceased by her husband Dr. Ronald F. Calkins Sr.
Known to her father as an angel blessed and handed down to him directly from heaven, and known to her grandchildren as the desert fairy, she began her adult life as a radiological technician at the University of Tennessee Medical School, where she met a medical student who soon thereafter became her husband.
She was a devoted wife and a fiercely dedicated mother who prized and enjoyed her family and extended family immensely. She had the rare quality to be able to find humor in any situation. She had an infectious laugh and lit up any room she went into. She had a keen interest in people and a talent for gourmet cooking. And now heaven has called their angel home again.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Kath C. and Litt Thompson; sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald Fleming Jr. and wife, Joy T. Calkins, Michael Gavin Sr. and wife, Kelley T. Calkins, all of Richmond; grandchildren, Gavin Thompson and his wife, Britney, Parker and Litt Thompson, Ronald Fleming III, Nellie, Claire, Michael Jr. and Lily Calkins; a niece, Patricia Palmeri; and two nephews, Mark and Matthew Livingston.
A Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church, Kilmarnock, with interment at Historic Christ Church Cemetery, Irvington, will be private due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The family would welcome contributions to Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary, 93600 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, FL 33070.
Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.