Patricia Fox McIlroy

Patricia Fox McIlroy (Alice Patricia Fox) was born Aug. 7, 1917, and passed away Jan. 6, 2013.

Born in Cortland, NY in 1917 to Alice and Albert Fox, Patricia grew up in Syracuse, NY, graduated from Wells College, married Robert G. McIlroy in 1939 and moved to Detroit, Mich.

During WW 11 while her husband served in the Navy, Mrs. McIlroy and her children moved to Destin, FL to live with her parents who had just built a home on Calhoun Avenue. When Bob McIlroy came to see his family while on leave after the Normandy invasion, he looked around at the beauty of the place and remarked, “Someday we’ll come here to live.”

After the war, they moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., where they lived for 36 years, always vacationing each year in Destin. Mrs. McIlroy was active in numerous civic and charitable causes in Pittsburgh and continued such activities after she moved to Destin in 1980.

She was on the board of the Destin Library, following in the footsteps of her mother and father who were among the founders.

With her husband, she was active in the drive for incorporation of Destin. Subsequently Mr. McIlroy was elected Destin’s first mayor. Together they were members of the Greening of Destin committee.

Mrs. McIlroy was benefactor and friend to Harvest House, the Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast, Destin House, the Children’s Advocacy Center in Niceville, the Mattie Kelley Arts Foundation, the McIlroy Gallery at Northwest Florida State College, and to Destin Elementary where she supported the Adopt-a-Class Program. She was a member of the Destin United Methodist Church, and the Living Forever Sunday school class.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert, who died in 1993 and by her daughter Judith who died in 1947.

She is survived by her son, Peter McIlroy II and his wife Pamela who reside in Pittsburgh, Pa.; her daughter, Lucinda McIlroy Higgins and her husband David who live in Evergreen, Colo.; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Her entire family had a joyous celebration of her 95th birthday at her home in Destin last August.

A memorial service will be held at Destin United Methodist Church at 2:00 on Jan. 8.