JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Patria (Panajon) Dague, 95, passed away Dec. 14, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla., after complications due to pneumonia.
She had emigrated to the United States from the Philippines in 1947, after marrying Clyde Dague (deceased 1975) of Johnstown, Ohio, after WWII. She graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1940, with degrees in physical education and English and represented the Philippines as a swimmer/diver in international competition before WWII. After graduation, she formed a dance group with the university that researched and catalogued the various native dances within the Philippine archipelago, and performed them for both the Japanese occupiers and American liberators, where she met her future husband at a USO show in 1945. Following her emigration to the U.S., she taught Sunday school in Gahanna, Ohio, at the Presbyterian Church, where she became a member. She did the books on the farm worked by her husband. She received her Ohio teaching certificate in 1952, and taught English at Gahanna High School for several years.
A larger farm opportunity presented itself in 1962 in Knox County near Martinsburg, Ohio, and she would spend the next 20 years at Utica/North Fork Schools, teaching English, Phys Ed, and coaching nearly all the women’s sports including basketball, volleyball, and even cheerleading. Her passion, however, was in women’s gymnastics, and she was considered a pioneer in bringing the sport to Ohio at the high school level in the late ’60s. When told by the athletic director that there was no money in the budget to buy gymnastics equipment, she bought it herself, and coached many early successes at Utica. She then donated the equipment to the school following her retirement in 1982. Later years were spent traveling between Ohio, Florida, and California to visit relatives and friends in a small pickup truck with a cap, where she kept all her sewing and knitting machines. She would not hesitate to make anyone a special outfit for a wedding or prom, a sweater or afghan to keep them warm in the winter. Always selfless, whether raising her four grandsons for her son Michael, while still teaching at Utica, or volunteering at church in Jacksonville to make banners that still hang today. “Pat” will be greatly missed by her family and the fortunate people that she touched in her time here.
She is survived by grandsons, Leon Dague (Gloria), Morgan Dague (Marla), Clinton Dague, (great-granddaughter, Stephanie Dague, and Ricardo Dague from son, Michael Guy Dague (deceased); son, Carlos (Pam) Dague, and grandsons, Christopher and Connor of Cleveland.
A memorial service will take place in Jacksonville at Christ Cares Alliance Church at http://ccacjax.org/ on Dec. 28, at 6 p.m. for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please donate generously to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
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