BENTON—Heaven opened the gates for Patricia Ann (Grard) Hoyt, 81, early in the morning of March 31, 2021. She was sleeping and her eyes opened; there was a new world; without pain, with her loved ones, and forever, she could smile.\r\n\r\nPatty was born on an island in the Kennebec, in Fairfield on May 22, 1939. Henry William Grard and Verna Mildred (Reid) raised her in Fairfield where she attended school, graduating from Lawrence High School, class of 1957. She was raised as a happy Baptist with her three younger sisters.\r\n\r\nFollowing High School, Pat was a waitress at a Winslow eatery where she met her future husband. She raised four children with him. She was a cook for SAD 49 in later years, but mostly she was mom, or Grammy, even great-Grammy; always loved.\r\n\r\nThere were many afghans knitted, she crocheted; if a needle was involved, she could do it. She sewed her families clothes, made clothes for her daughters, and enjoyed quilting with Nana Grard. She always made sure her children were happy. \r\n\r\nIt wasn’t always easy as military life took them from Maine to Morocco, California, Boston, Mississippi, and Maryland. In her old age she was content to try and solve all the world’s crossword puzzles. \r\n\r\nShe was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Edward E. Hoyt II; her youngest daughter, Verna Alta Gregoire; her youngest sister, Nancy Hall (Winslow); her brothers-in-law, Gerry Routhier (Shawmut), Raymond Hoyt (Boston), and David Hoyt (Rochester, NH); her sisters-in-law, Ruth Hoyt, Eileen Kaskeski, and Barbara Comeau (all from Boston).\r\n\r\nShe is survived by her children, Edward Hoyt of Benton, Theresa Hoyt of Oakland, and Patricia Doughty and her husband, Jerry of Winchester, NH; her grandchildren, Edward and his wife, Ashley of Fairfield, Natasha Hoyt of Oakland, Michael Doughty and his wife, Dr. Joy Doughty of VA, Tommy Doughty of NH, and Annie Gregoire of Augusta; one great-grandchild, Henry of Fairfield; and her sisters, Butch Routhier of Waterville, and Bev Hamlin and her husband, Tim of Vassalboro.\r\n\r\nVisiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 9 at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street in Fairfield. Prayers are welcomed as always.