Patricia Arlene Wilson, East Palestine, Ohio

Van Dyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home

November 11, 2020

Patricia “Pat” Arlene Wilson, East Palestine, Ohio-obit
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EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Patricia “Pat” Arlene Wilson, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at Salem Regional Medical Center from complications of pneumonia. She was 89 years young and had resided in East Palestine.

Pat was born to Clayton F. Smith and Lena (Pugh) Smith in 1931.

She was a graduate of East Palestine High School.

She went on to work for Adamson Company for 47 years in bookkeeping. She relocated to Richmond, Virginia for her job and then returned to East Palestine in 2006 with her husband Francis.

Pat lived a full life, filled with laughter and wit. She also felt the losses of several beloved who passed before her including her husband, Francis J. Borelli, whom she had married in 1990. She greatly missed her son, Lawrence “Larry” Wilson; grandson, Tanner Wilson and siblings, Richard C. Smith, Betty L. Treece, Cecil L. Smith and John C. Smith.

Surviving family includes siblings, Kenneth P. Smith (Gerry) East Palestine, Ohio and Mary Ann “Buba” Lindner (Jim) of Athens, Ohio; stepdaughter, Janett Beatty of Columbiana and numerous nieces and nephews and their families who also celebrate her life and the precious memories made with her.

Some of us are born with a delightful quality that can lighten a room. Pat was one such soul. Her grand storytelling pulled us in, wanting to stay a little longer and laugh a little more. A kindhearted person, Pat was giving to a fault (if such exists) and loved by those lucky enough to share life with her. Even after her many losses of loved ones, Pat shared her grief and then she marched on in life with a determination to make the best of each day. While most her age did not embrace technology or social media, Pat was undaunted in learning how to master the internet and all it had to offer. She was a marvelous woman, a grand teacher of life and how to live it to the fullest.

Due to the current health concerns regarding COVID-19, there will be no memorial services at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society. Pat was a brave survivor of breast cancer. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Van Dyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home, East Palestine. Family and friends may send condolences at

A television tribute will air Thursday, November 12 at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV.

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