Patricia was born in 1919, being the second of six children. She spent her childhood at Batley Farm on the Kaipara Harbour. Patricia attended boarding school, after which she worked in a local shop and it was here she learned the skills for her career with the Post Office. She worked in the post office at Maungaturoto for eight years before traveling to Scotland in 1948.
Upon her return, she started working for the Post Office Savings Bank in Tauranga in 1954, becoming the first woman supervisor and retiring in 1979. Tauranga was her home for 56 years.
Patricia enjoyed gardening and making scrap books and was a very active member of the Forest & Bird Society.