Mary Patrice Finlay Darrell (nee Heinrich)
Age 88, of Edina
Passed away peacefully on September 14, 2022, after a long journey with Alzheimer’s.
Pat grew up in Edina, MN. Having graduated from Edina High School in 1952, she went on to Trinity Washington University and the University of Minnesota. Pat earned a degree and masters in elementary education with emphasis on children’s literature. From approximately 1962-1993 she was a teacher in the Edina Schools system at Morningside, Wooddale, Cornelia, and Concord. Former students would have known her as Mrs. Finlay or later as Mrs. Darrell.
Pat was a wonderful mother, loyal friend and wife. Faith was important to Pat. She was a very active charter member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina. Pat lived her life loving to read, garden, travel, ski, hike, boat, craft, sew, play piano, swim, and dance. She especially loved to golf with family and friends.
Preceded by parents, John and Margaret Heinrich; sister, Jo Nelson; and brother-in-law, Jack Nelson.
Survived by her children, Teresa (Steve) Mikutowski; step-children, Charles (Leslie) Darrell, Patricia (Jim - deceased) Huston, and Trudy (Howard) Namur; grandchildren, Kathryne, Mary, and Grace Mikutowski, Adrienne Sokol, Lauren Erickson, and Amy and Elle Namur; along with 4 great-grandchildren, 2 nieces, 2 nephews, her former students and friends.
A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30AM, on Thursday, October 6th, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina. Visitation one hour prior. Luncheon to follow service. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pat’s memory to a public library or catholic school of your choice.