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This memorial website was created by her children David J. Brownhill, Ginny Quintana and Theresa Phippen in loving memory of  their mom Patricia Shanley Overberg.

Patricia was born on September 10th, 1933 and sadly passed away with her children at her side on August 11th 2011 at the age of 77.

Patricia is missed greatly by family and friends and will be remembered forever.

Patricia Shanley Overberg, 77, died in the morning hours of August 11, 2011. She died as she always wished, with her children by her side.

Pat was born September 10, 1933 in Providence R.I. to Daniel J. Shanley and Ella M. Paine of Lawrence Street. She grew up on Lawrence St., attended St. Anthony’s School and graduated from Saint Xavier Academy in Providence. 

After attending URI, Ohio State University, and Rhode Island School of Design Pat met and married Thomas Brownhill of Massachusetts. During their five years of marriage Tom and Pat had three children. Pat later married Kenneth Overberg and moved herself and her children to West Greenwich. 

After raising her children Pat moved to South Florida where she completed her education at Barry University, earning a Masters in Social Work.

In May of 1980 Patricia fulfilled a life long dream and relocated to California where she began her life’s work. Patricia’s career in working for victims of domestic violence spanned over 30 years.

She was the director of numerous domestic violence centers, and was nationally recognized for her accomplishments in the field.  Many would agree that although she received a substantial number of awards, her greatest professional achievement was as a leader for the National Coalition for Men (NCFM) in the successful fight to change domestic violence legislation in California.

In addition to her passion for civil rights, as well as her continued efforts to stop domestic violence, Patricia enjoyed the serenity of the sea and never tired of watching ocean waves, surfers, birds, and beachcombers.

She was also an accomplished artist, avid reader, loved to travel, and most recently worked on several books for publication.

She is survived by her loving family; daughters Virginia and Theresa, son David, and six grandchildren.

In fulfillment of her wishes part of her ashes were spread in her beloved Oceanside Beach, CA on August 13th.

A family celebration of Patricia’s life is planned in October when her ashes will be spread in her favorite RI beach, Green Hill.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Pat’s memory to the Valley Oasis Shelter for Domestic Violence in Lancaster, CA.








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Mother's Day - Mom, We lost you 9 mos ago today, and now I find myself facing the first Mother's Day without you. I am unable to hold back the tears. I wish I could hug you, smell you, tell you that I love you and take you to the beach for lobster. I am grateful for the moments we shared and the 54 Mother's Days I had with you. I miss you sooo much. - from Ginny

Still Hurts - Mom You are deeply missed by all but I can't even begin to tell you how much Ginny is hurting. I try my best every day but when I get to this web site I lose it. I miss out talks Mom. Merry Christmas. - from David

Your Memorial Service - Mom..your memorial service was held on Wednesday October 12th in Rhode Island. The service was held at St. Anthony's in Providence. So fitting for you, to bring your ashes back to the place you were Baptized, Confirmed, and made your first communion in. Your old friends and loving relatives were there. Later we ate your favorite seafood at George's in Galilee and spread your ashes off the rocks and into the ocean that you so loved. You are so loved and missed by so many. - from Ginny

Ohio State - Well momma, we finally got to go to a Ohio State vs Miami Hurricaines Football game together. Unfortunately it wasn't the Rose Bowl, and your Buckeyes didn't win. I missed you painfully on Saturday...some of your ashes were sprinkled on the Ohio State sideline in memory of you and your love for the team. I love and miss you constantly! - from Ginny

nXDFIJgr - Great stuff, you helepd me out so much! - from Jorja

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David - Mom Another Mothers Day is coming and although you are not on this plane of life with us any longer, I have faith that you are present. An early Happy Mothers Day. Rest well and we will see you in the future. I Love and Miss you. David

Ginny - mom, I missed you so much yesterday. Mother's Day just wasn't the same without you to talk to, send flowers to, love and share with. I hope that you are happy and know that you are truly loved, appreciated, and missed dearly.

Carlee - In awe of that anewsr! Really cool!