Patricia “Pat” L. Moody Van Heynigen, 80, of Mooresville, N.C., died November 6, 2020. Born April 25, 1940, in Springfield, Mass., Pat was the daughter of the late Lydia (LaMontagne) and William Moody. Pat attended public schools in Springfield, and graduated from Westfield State College, Massachusetts, where she met her husband, Richard “Dick” Van Heynigen Sr.

Pat and Dick made their home in Westfield for many years, where they raised their three children, Richard Jr. of Falmouth, Mass., Cynthia King of Mooresville, and Debra Colson of West Suffield, Conn. Their children fondly remember the many activities their parents involved them in, including camping, swimming, scuba diving, hiking, and more. For a number of years the family enjoyed summers on Cape Cod.

Pat taught special education in the Westfield public schools for many years. As teachers, both Pat and Dick were strong supporters of public education.

Pat was artistic. She loved drawing, knitting, making jewelry and pottery. She enjoyed many hobbies, including birding, reading, camping, and traveling as well as antiquing and old houses. She was an active member of her church.

Pat has six grandchildren, Colin Van Heynigen of Falmouth, Mass., and Rhianna Candido of Somerville, Mass.; Robert King of Mooresville, and Leanne King of Greensboro, N.C.; and Kate and Amy Colson of West Suffield, Conn. Pat also enjoyed her two great-grandchildren, Savannah and Hunter King of Mooresville.

Pat was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Dick, who died in 2011.

Graveside services for Pat will be held at Glenwood Memorial Park in Mooresville on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 2 p.m.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the Van Heynigen family. Condolences may be made to the family at

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