Patricia ‘Pat’ Spang Ogden, 91, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Williamsburg, Va. Mrs. Ogden was born in Bayonne, N.J., the daughter of Murray G. and Ruth Gershel Spang on Feb. 4, 1926.
A graduate of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn., Mrs. Ogden taught English and Latin at Bernards High School in Bernardsville, N.J., and English and creative writing in Westfield, N.J. She also studied at the College of William & Mary, Rutgers University, Christopher Newport University and Seton Hall University. At Worthington Corporation in Harrison, N.J., she was copyrighter and editor of a sales newsletter as well as a contributor of articles for stock managers, published by the advertising department.
In 1961, Mrs. Ogden married Howard A. Ogden, a young naval officer. She accompanied him on tours of duty to Italy and Japan. Returning to the states in 1972, her husband, now retired, pursued a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Upon completion of the program, he accepted the position of library director for the City of Hampton, Va. Mrs. Ogden then taught in the Hampton school system for 15 years. In 1993, four years after her husband’s death, Mrs. Ogden moved to Kingsmill in Williamsburg, where she was involved in numerous activities sponsored by the Kingsmill Women’s Club.
Mrs. Ogden served as secretary of the Peninsula Catholic School Board, a board member for the Officer’s Wives Club in Sasebo, Japan, and publicity chair for the Willow Oaks Garden Club. She also worked as an interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, and was a member of St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg, Va. Mrs. Ogden was loved by many for her keen sense of humor, entertaining stories and elegant sense of style.
Mrs. Ogden is survived by her daughters, Carol Ogden Swindell, and her husband, Gregory, of Williamsburg, Va., Janet Ogden Bell, and her husband, Dave, of Williamsburg, Va., and Patricia Ogden of San Diego, Calif.; granddaughter, Jennifer Hayden, and her husband, Joseph Cunningham; grandsons, Jacob and Joseph Bell; and great-granddaughter, Genevieve Cunningham, all of Williamsburg, Va. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert H. Spang.
Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the American Heart Association.
To celebrate the life of Pat, please visit her Everlasting Memorial at mem.com.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at Nelsen Funeral Home, Williamsburg. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, at Saint Bede Catholic Church, followed by interment in Hampton National Cemetery.