Patricia A. Wood-Miles, 82, passed away on Wednesday (February 2, 2022) at Wellsville Manor Care Center following a lengthy illness.
Patricia was born on August 23, 1939 in Wellsville, the oldest daughter of Edward R. and Veronica (Graves) Fogle. She was a 1956 graduate of Wellsville Central School and many years later earned her Associates degree in Human Services from Alfred State College in 1982; graduating in the same class with her son Dave. In 1989, in Little Genesee, she married Robert A. Miles, who predeceased her on April 10, 1990.
Pat spent many of her early years tending to the needs of her family. With that responsibility fulfilled, she began a career of helping with various programs in the area. Combining her talents for problem solving and her resourcefulness with being very articulate, she was instrumental in organizing the Family Violence Task Force of Allegany County, which began on April 23, 1985. She was also involved in the Charlie Home in Pennsylvania which helped abused children, as well as other projects to help the less fortunate.
Pat is survived by two sons, David G. (Barbara) Nickerson and Dean E. Wood, both of Wellsville; two grandchildren, Danielle (Jeremy) Cavagna of Whitesville and Khristy Nickerson of Wellsville; three great grandchildren, Aiden Cavagna, Liam Cavagna and Adalida Cavagna; one niece, Nancy Swift of Hicksville, Ohio; an “adopted son”, Robert Cook of Canisteo; and a dear friend, Fay Billings of Wellsville.
Pat was a kind person and had a deep love for people and animals. On many occasions, she was rescuing animals, especially cats. She also enjoyed watching wildlife out her window and keeping her bird feeder full.
Pat loved spending time with her two sons. In spite of her love for animals and nature, she was the inspiration for the many hunting, fishing and camping trips to Allegany State Park, Darien Lake and the Genesee River. To this day her boys still consider these the favorite memories growing up. Pat also had a love for Blue Grass music and enjoyed going to festivals and Gaither Concerts with her husband Bob.
Per her wishes there will be no prior visitation. Burial in Stannards Cemetery will take place in the spring. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
Memorial contributions in Patricia’s name may be made to SPCA Serving Allegany County, PO Box 181, Belmont, NY 14813. © 2022 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.