Patricia Elizabeth McCracken

May 13, 1935August 11, 2020

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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Penny Carnathan

August 30, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to Mrs. McCracken’s family. I have many wonderful memories of time spent at her home as a kid - she was kind, welcoming, and introduced me to great new experiences, including the UU church and Ragu spaghetti sauce. Though it has been nearly 50 years, she touched my life in the nicest way and I remain grateful.

Robert Boileau

August 29, 2020

I met Patricia when I first attended our church, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa (UUCT), in April of 1983.
Soon after, I became a member of UUCT and within a year, Patricia had recruited me to join our Membership Committee for which she was the Chairperson. We served several years together on Membership, and on our Social Justice Committee as well.

She was always so warm, friendly and outgoing to everyone she met. I have many fond memories of Patricia and our service together at UUCT.

My sincerest condolences to Patricia's family and other friends.

Robert Boileau