Patricia Joan Hanna Barritt

Patricia Joan Hanna Barritt, 3/22/1924 – 1/3/2014.“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” — John 14:3Patricia Joan Hanna Barritt, age 89, of Tecumseh, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at Herrick Manor. She was born March 22, 1924 in the upstairs of the Dr. Samuel Catlin House in downtown Tecumseh. She was the only daughter of Joe and Bess (Poole) Hanna. She was united in marriage with J. Frank Barritt on November 17, 1944 at the First Presbyterian Church in Tecumseh.Joan was secretary at the First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh, and nothing was more important than her faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Being at both her grandchildren’s births and caring for them was a very close second in her heart. She loved spending as much time with Ian and Tricia as possible, watching them as they grew. Joan loved the life she lived, and would especially love to tell everyone about the 15 years spent with her husband in California. Shortly after World War II, Joan and Frank followed their dreams to the West Coast and together with Joan’s mother Bess, lived and learned during the rapid expansion that was Los Angeles at the time. After the birth of their only son, and a short stint in Florida, Joan found her way back to her hometown where she spent the rest of her life. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.In addition to her husband Frank, Joan is survived by her son: Brad (Samina) Barritt of Ann Arbor, and her grandchildren: Ian and Patricia Barritt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Bob, Bill, and Jack Hanna.Cremation has taken place at her request. A memorial service will be held January 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Tecumseh with Pastor Richard Mortimer officiating. A luncheon will follow the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to any organization reflecting Jesus’ teachings on caring for the needy and less fortunate among us.Arrangements by J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh.Condolences may be offered online at

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