Our Summer Spotlight member is Patt Yount. She was born in Akron, a city just south of Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up with three brothers. Her mother took care of the family, did part-time secretarial work, and was always involved in volunteering. Her father was a business owner who was involved in charitable work through the Kiwanis Club. So, Patt’s propensity to support charitable endeavors was ingrained at a young age.
During the summers the family would vacation at an idyllic resort on Lake Erie. Patt and her brothers attended public and private parochial schools. She worked in retail while attending the Akron Art Institute and the University of Akron where she met Jay, her husband of 49+ years. After dating for two years, they married and settled into their careers. Jay worked in his family business and Patt worked in banking.
Patt and Jay raised two sons, Jamie and Daniel. Jamie lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife Amber, and their two grandchildren, Quinn who is 7 and his sister Arden, who is 3. Their youngest son, Daniel and his wife Mimi, live close by in Maitland.
When her sons were still young, Patt earned her real estate license and worked at Coldwell Banker for eighteen years. She also became involved in charitable work. For many years, Patt was on the Women’s Board of the Akron General Medical Center working to raise money for the many needs of the hospital. Also, she became the president of the Modern Child Study Club where, as young mothers, they would study early childhood development and raise funds for the Children’s Hospital. Later on, she held the position of House Chairman of the Akron Women’s City Club, a social as well as, historical place in Akron.
After their sons grew up, Patt and Jay decided it was time to move to Florida. In 2002, they left northeastern Ohio for Naples, FL, where they had many friends. Soon, Patt was offered a position at AAA and Jay worked part time. After she retired in 2014, they traveled in the US and then decided to move to Central Florida to be closer to their son Daniel and his wife. They loved Heathrow and decided to make it their home.
A neighbor suggested that Patt join the Heathrow Women’s Club and she did! She serves on the Hospitality Committee and enjoys socializing in many groups including Bunco, Ladies Night Out, Lunch Bunch, Movie & Dinner, Dine Around and Mélange. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and visiting family, gardening, antiquing, decorating and floral design. But most of all, Patt shares that she enjoys the time she spends with the wonderful friends she has made through the Heathrow Women’s Club!
By: Lee Granger