Patricia Elizabeth McCracken

May 13, 1935August 11, 2020
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Patricia Elizabeth McGarty McCracken, 85, of Temple Terrace, originally from Brooklyn, New York, passed away August 11, 2020 due to complications of COVID-19. Her motto in life was "pay it forward" and she spent her life doing just that. She received her B.A. in psychology from Barnard College. She moved to Tampa in 1964, Temple Terrace in 1969 and worked for the State of Florida as a social worker with Health and Rehabilitative Services and later a supervisor in Aging and Adult Services.

She was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa since 1968. With a focus on social justice, she was a recipient of the Betty McCluer Lee award for dedicated service to UUCT. Her passion was making the world a better place, and she worked tirelessly to that end all her life. She was always available to anyone in need and all she asked in return was to do something for someone else who needed help. She loved jazz, fine art, good books and travel.

Her family was her great pride and happiness. A devoted daughter and niece, she was preceded in death by her parents Francis McGarty and Gladys Laxon McGarty, and her aunt Florence Laxon. A beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, she is survived by her children and their spouses: Alicia Morgan (David), Leigh Young (Jay), Willard McCracken III, her adored grandchildren Jena Young, Lauren McCracken, and Sam, James, Nancy Leigh and Evan (Nao) Morgan, and her great-granddaughter Maila Morgan, with whom she shared a birthday.

An online memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 29th at 1pm EST. Email for Zoom info.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Patricia’s memory to the Unitarian Universalist Church at 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa, FL 33637 or online at

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