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July 13, 1959-July 4, 2012

WILMINGTON -- Patricia "Patty" Lynch Mangum, 52, Wilmington, formerly of the Rosewood community in Wayne County, passed away July 4, 2012.

She was the daughter of the late O. Clyde and Eleanor Mitchell Lynch.

Patty was valedictorian of her graduating class at Rosewood High School in 1977. She attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1987, followed by a Masters in Business Administration from the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

She was employed by Measurement Inc. of Wilmington, where she was a beloved and respected team leader.

Patty was the wife of 30 years of James Sanford Mangum of Wilmington.

In addition to her husband, Patty is survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Olivia and Randolph Rash, Cathy Lutz, Susan and Dennis Strickland and Tina Lynch all of Goldsboro and Debbie Mateovic of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sarah and Greg Needham of Greenville; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Patty was a gentle soul, who loved making others feel special. She was kind and thoughtful and always ready to help out. She was a great lover of animals and nature.

To honor Patty's love of all creatures, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to Share Our Strength, a child hunger relief charity, P.O. Box 75475, Baltimore, Md., 21275, or call 800-969-4767; or the New Hanover Humane Society, 2405 N. 23rd St., Wilmington, N.C., 28401, or call 910-763-6692.

Family will receive friends at the home of Tina Lynch, 112 Jackson Hollow (off of Friendly Drive), Goldsboro, from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 7.

In accordance with Patty's wishes, a casual graveside service will be held at Mitchell Family Cemetery, located on Braswell Road in Rosewood, Sunday, July 8, at 2 p.m.

A memorial service will be held in Wilmington at a later date.

Arrangements are by E.M. Matthews.


Published in Obituaries on July 6, 2012 1:52 PM