Patricia has always been known as a strong woman, ahead of her time, and a force of nature. However, despite her strength she succumbed to a long battle with dementia.
She is preceded in death by her husband: Joseph C. Schwent in 2009, father: Elbert Milam 1983, mother: Leola Milam 1986 and Brother Cletus Dale Milam 2022
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri she attended Soldan-Blewett High School and Boroughs Business College there. She and her husband Joe met at a Rival High School gymnastics event and were instantly in love. They were married for 57 years before his passing in 2009
They have three surviving daughters, Debie Robinson and husband Bruce, Cindi Simmons and her husband Jerry, Pati Hoffman and her husband Kevin. Seven grandchildren, Veronica Barrington, Niki Sallese, Robert Kane, Kenny Kane, Harry J. Clark, Joey Clark, and Jacob Clark. Nine great grandchildren Sophie, Mali, Natelli, Nico, Myla, Fynli, Scarlett, Violett, and Anthony.
Pat and Joe moved to Cocoa Beach in 1971 where they worked together as partners in two businesses, Joe Schwent and Assoc. Inc. A Hawaiian Tropic Distributer and Cocoa Beach Storage until they retired to Cocoa, FL in 2001.
Pat was a firecracker in every sense. From her fiery red hair to her bursting personality, her presence was always impressive and enjoyed. She was a devoted wife and Catholic. She set the example of motherhood, and family for her daughters. “Nonni” instilled traditions and values to her grandchildren, and she encouraged the dreams of her great grandchildren. Her commitment to family was never more present than at holidays.
Pat was community minded. She and Joe were original founders of the Cocoa Beach Business Improvement Council. (BIC) active members and volunteers for Our Saviors Catholic Church in Cocoa Beach, then Blessed Sacrament Church in Cocoa, FL.
Pat was also a strong supporter of the Surfside Playhouse, and The Space Coast Jazz Society. Also known for her many fund raising projects for various local and state representatives.
The family is asking that any remembrance be made in the form of a donation for research for the Dementia Society of America a@ dementiasociety.org/donate