Patricia Jean ‘Pat’ (Costello) Albright
March 11, 1935 – July 17, 2021
Patricia Jean “Pat” (Costello) Albright (formerly known as Patricia Magley), 86, was born in Patton, the daughter of Josephine and Ralph Costello.
Pat became the first of her family to graduate college, obtaining her Bachelor of Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She settled in Ebensburg, with Dr. Robert C. Magley and had four children: Scott, Karen, Ellen and Stephen.
Pat embarked on a career in emergency medicine with a pioneering spirit. She served her community as an EMT, paramedic and pre-hospital registered nurse with the Ebensburg Area Ambulance Association. Pat spent more than 20 years as the pre-hospital trauma coordinator at the Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital, where she played a vital role in developing the Disaster Assistance Response Team that still offers the exceptional care she demanded. As a flight nurse, she was a key part of Conemaugh’s life flight program and its integration into Conemaugh MedStar. Pat helped set minimum standards for ambulance services and personnel statewide. She inspired her colleagues with commitment, compassion, and a belief in being “the best you can be.”
In 2013, Pat married her high school sweetheart, Bill Albright, and moved to Jackson, Mich. She grew to love everything about life in Michigan: including trips to Jackson’s Poison Frog Brewery with her choir friends, cherries in Traverse City, Petoskey stones from Fishtown and endless sunsets on Lake Leelanau. To Pat (a singer, instrumentalist, choir and bell choir director) music was a passion that flowed from her like breath. Music, she felt, connected us all. She infused classical music from the radio and the baby grand piano in her home, into the lives of her children and grandchildren. She shared her passion with her community for nearly 50 years at the Ebensburg Presbyterian Church.
Love of family and desire to help those around her fueled Pat’s life. She felt the trauma suffered by friends and strangers alike. A pressing responsibility to improve the world propelled her. She was a woman of faith who believed in using her life to glorify and improve God’s creation. Pat baked pies and bread from recipes her grandmother and mother perfected on wood-burning stoves. She loved to garden and cook and prided herself on never entertaining with a dish previously made. Hers was a temple of love, compassion, and growth full of good food and stories and an ever-curious mind.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen; her father, Ralph; and her mother, Josephine.
Pat is survived by her three children: Scott (Sandy), Ellen (David) and Stephen (Betsy); her husband, Bill; her grandchildren, Samuel (Rachel), Douglas (Summer), Jenelle (Adam), Mackenzie (Mario), Max, Micah, Marcus, Lyra, Benjamin, Jacob, David (Madeline), Daniel (Stacy), Nathan, Zoe and Aiden; and great-grandchildren: Landon, Madison, Landon, Leann, and Nolan; Bill’s children, Matthew (Julie) and Michael; and grandchildren, Andrew and Katie.
Pat’s family thanks her Allegiance health care team and the angels at Vista Grande Villa who diligently cared for her and grew to love her wit, humor and compassion.
Memorial services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at First Presbyterian Church, 743 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson, Mich.; and at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, at Ebensburg Presbyterian Church, Ebensburg.
The family is collecting memories of Pat’s life at email@example.com.
Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to www.pawswithacause.org.