Patricia Leslie Noonan, of Chestnut Hill, a longtime community volunteer, died Aug. 19 from an accidental fall at her home on Amelia Island, Fla.
Mrs. Noonan was actively involved in volunteer work relating to the arts, children’s education and music appreciation. She had been a volunteer at the Woodmere Art Gallery, Springside School, Chestnut Hill Academy and the William Penn Charter School, and had served on the board of Chestnut Hill Musical Cocktails, a volunteer committee of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
She was the daughter of the late Dr. James Watt Leslie and Kathryn Sobey Leslie of Wyndmoor. Dr. Leslie, of Falkirk, Scotland, served as a doctor during World War II in the British army and later was head of anesthesiology at St. Mary’s Hospital. Kit Leslie was a well-known Philadelphia artist who painted throughout the world.
A Philadelphia native, Mrs. Noonan was a graduate of Harriton High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington College and a master’s degree in education with a focus in economics from Tufts University.
While studying at Tufts, she met her future husband, John Robert Noonan, and the couple settled in Concord, Mass., in what the family called “the house that Jack built” – a barn Mr. Noonan had converted into a house on Walden Pond. It was there that the couple raised their two daughters, Vanessa and Kimberly, and Mrs. Noonan worked as a volunteer teacher at The Brooks School.
The Noonans later moved to Jeffersonville, Vt., and to Chestnut Hill in 1982 where two boys were added to the family.
An artist in the kitchen, Mrs. Noonan every year delighted her children with elaborate, personally designed birthday cakes.
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. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Interment will be private at West Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the All Saints Fund at the above church. – WF
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