Patricia L. Noonan, volunteer

Posted: September 01, 2013

Philadelphia native Patricia Leslie Noonan, 66, who spent years as a volunteer at the Woodmere Art Museum, died Aug. 19 after a fall in her home in Amelia Island, Fla., her family said.

A tireless volunteer, Mrs. Noonan also worked for Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and William Penn Charter School, and the Chestnut Hill Musical Cocktails, one of the Philadelphia Orchestra's fund-raising committees.

After graduating from Harriton High School, she went to Washington College and afterward earned her master's in education at Tufts University. It was there that she met her future husband, developer John Robert Noonan.

He described her as energetic and filled with creativity and enthusiasm. She was an artist in the kitchen who would make their children's birthdays special by baking unique cakes on their special day.

"She's remembered fondly as a dedicated volunteer," said Bill Valerio, director of the Woodmere Art Museum. "As an artist herself, she could give unique insight into the artwork in the gallery to visitors.

Mrs. Noonan's mother, Kathryn "Kit" Leslie, was a well known artist celebrated for her oil and watercolor paintings of Wissahickon landscapes, performances at the Academy of Music, and scenes familiar to Philadelphians. She died in November 2009 at age 94.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters Vanessa Leslie Mullen and Kimberly Isobel Noonan; sons John James Noonan and Andrew Leslie Noonan, and two grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 4, at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Chestnut Hill. Burial will be private.

The family has asked that memorial donations be made to the All Saints Fund at St. Martins-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martins Lane, Philadelphia, 19118

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