We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Piedmont Cremation & Funeral Service
Patricia Ann Kauff, 77, of Pittsboro, passed away at home on Monday, May 16, 2022.
Patricia was born in Winston Salem and through the years lived in Indiana, Louisiana, California, Maine,
Kentucky, and Florida. She bravely fought polio at the age of 10, she was a traveler, she was a mother,
and a loyal and loving wife. She was one of the first of her family to graduate college and an alumni of St.
Mary's Dominican College in New Orleans with her first degree in nutrition. She broke through the glass
ceiling at Ochsner Medical Center and later Johns Hopkins Hospital.
In her first marriage she gave birth to three children who idolized and lionized her to her very last day.
Through the 70's she joined millions of her peers in being a single mother raising three children and
fighting for equal pay and the right to succeed. She was a power house and a trailblazer. Never afraid to
do what needed to be done. She had spunk and even at one time a CB handle which was Delta Queen. She
was never afraid to love and there are so many to attest to that.
With change came more opportunity and at the tender age of 50 she returned to school to achieve and add
an RN degree. Just as in her life before, she pursued one of the toughest areas in medicine succeeding in
cardio thoracic intensive care and organ transplantation nursing. In nursing, she succeeded at Duke, UNC,
University Hospital Medical Center in Tucson, and UC Davis. Never missing an opportunity to help
others that were less fortunate than her or in need of a leg up. She was in the sense, a gem.
On May 16th, she died in home hospice after a prolonged illness surrounded by her loving husband,
her loyal brother, and her loving children. She leaves six grandchildren, many friends and all of those
people who she stopped and gave her precious time to. She was preceded by her grandson, Josiah, who
waits for her in heaven.
She will be missed terribly and loved eternally.
Arrangements entrusted to Piedmont Cremation and Funeral Service of Graham, NC