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Obituary - Patricia Tataronis Orcutt

Patricia A. (Tataronis) Orcutt, 67, of Rowley and formerly of Danvers, MA, died August 27, 2005, after a long struggle with ovarian cancer. Born in Salem on August 9, 1938, she is survived by two brothers and two sisters, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She married Dr. S. Robert Orcutt of Burkland Farm, Rowley, on February 14, 2003. She especially loved his grandchildren and taught them everything she knew about Morgan horses and riding.

She worked for Dr. Orcutt as a veterinary assistant and Morgan horse trainer for more than 40 years. She became one of the finest professional horsewomen the Morgan breed has ever known. She had a super ability to get along with difficult horses. She won numerous awards in the show ring and was always ready to share her knowledge and skill with others.

She also had great success competing in long distance riding, especially her favorite, the Green Mountain Horse Association 100-Mile Ride, in South Woodstock, VT, where she was a lifelong member. She served as president of the Rowley Riding and Driving Club since its inception in 1977, and at the time of her death, she was president of the North Shore Horseman’s Association, where she had been a member for many years. She was a recognized horse show judge, officiating at events all over the United States and Europe.

Memorial contributions in Pat’s name may be made to the Rowley Riding and Driving Club, c/o Pat Zarba, 53 Prospect St., Rowley, MA. 01969, and/or Meals on Wheels, c/o Rowley COA, P.O. Box 523. Rowley, MA 01969.

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