Patricia J. Tallman

Life Story

LOUISVILLE, KY – Patricia J. Tallman, 87, passed away peacefully, Oct. 11, 2018. She was born March 16, 1931, in Auburn, Maine, to Wilhelmina and Robert C. Ford. She is predeceased by both of her parents; her husbands Kenneth Dumas and Grant Stageberg; and her sister Arlene Fortin. She is survived by her sister Shirley and husband Thomas Bennett.

She will be especially missed by her husband Kenneth Tallman of Louisville, KY, and her five children: Debra and husband James Keezer of Palm Springs, FL; Douglas of Winston-Salem, NC; David and wife Carla of Littleton, MA; Pamela Dumas Serfes of Essex, CT; and Daniel and wife Jane of Louisville, KY. Her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, will miss her encouragement and reminder to always trust in God: Eric Keezer, Molly, David Serfes, Caroline, Aidan and Elijah.

She was a 1949 graduate of Edward Little High School in Auburn, ME. Following her graduation, she held many different jobs, including secretary in the executive offices of Bates Mill; secretary for the Robert C. Ford, Inc. plumbing company; City Clerk for the City of Pinellas Park, FL; and secretary at Dean Witter Reynolds investment firm. By far her favorite position was secretary to the principal at Fifth Street Junior High in Bangor, Maine, the school her five children attended. Upon her retirement, she took up missionary work in Costa Rica, living there for seven years and ministering to thousands of people with her husband Grant. She came to love life on the farm, especially her beautiful horses.

Patricia loved traveling to countries including Israel, Hungary and Russia, and spending time with her children. She was happiest when her family was together for the holidays and special occasions. Camping with Ken and the Dumas clan provided an unending source of funny stories that were retold over the years, especially Ken’s ongoing challenge of backing the Cox camper into the site and the practical jokes he played on fellow campers.

Anyone who knew Patricia loved her tremendous strength and resilience. She was tough but compassionate, loving but determined in every aspect of her life. She knew she could achieve anything she set her mind to, and she was fearless. Patricia was an exceptional Mother who set the bar high for her children, never doubting they would all lead successful and meaningful lives. In her later years, Patrica’s greatest joy was to love and serve people in countries around the world.

The family would like to personally thank the many caregivers who showed extraordinary love and care for Patricia in recent years: Kathy and John Magee; the staffs of the Corinthian and Hallmark Houses; and her beloved daughter-in-law Jane Dumas.


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