Patricia Hughes Sweeney

  • Born: July 27, 1936
  • Died: November 9, 2021
  • Location: Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home

PO Box 2035
2000 N Morrison Blvd
Hammond, LA 70404
Tel. (985) 345-5801

Tribute & Message From The Family

Patricia Hughes Sweeney, of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away at North Oaks Medical Center on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at the age of 85. She was born on July 27, 1936, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of the late James J. "G.G." Hughes and Inez Fererro Hughes. Pat, also known to many as Mamo, was a devoted wife and mother. She and her late husband of 54 years, Michael M. Sweeney, dedicated their lives to raising a family and creating a loving home. They had a passion for restoring antique cars and were founding members of the Gulfport Antique Car Club which later became Cruising on the Coast. Pat had so many interests and talents. She was an expert seamstress who could go from sewing children's clothes to reupholstering car interiors. Pat could bake and garden, she loved swimming and would enter into diving competitions. For fun she loved visiting the casino and going on cruises. She was an active member of the Ponchatoula Community and was a longtime member of the Gardenette Club, being awarded Rose status. Pat was the classic picture of a mother in every way while still being so unique and her children regard her as a saint.

Pat is survived by her children, Tonya Ferguson (Bill), Mike Sweeney (Valerie), Bridget Bennett (Hollis), and Sean Sweeney (Staci); grandchildren, Billy Ferguson (Amy), Chris Ferguson (Fanny), Jason Ferguson (Lindsey), Rachelle Ferguson Rayburn (Scott), Ronnie Gautreaux II (Jennifer), Megan Wells Majorie (Mark), Skylar McCrea (Louie), Ian Santana and Zach Santana (Corinna); and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Michael M. "Mickey" Sweeney and brother, James J. Hughes.

Family and friends will be received at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, 100 W. Magnolia St., Ponchatoula, Louisiana 70454 on Monday, November 15, 2021 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday at 2:00 pm.

Interment will follow at Sand Hill Cemetery in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

So saddened to hear of your mom's passing, Tonya. We had some fun times in Gardenettes. Condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Karen Moran - Ponchatoula, LA - Friend   November 16, 2021

My beautiful Aunt Pat,I love you so much. You,filled my life with enough love. That it has carried me,a long way. I will miss you,but it brings me comfort to know you are with Uncle Mickey,ya'll keep an eye on us,you are forever with us #HugsToAbove
To the family,so very sorry,for your loss,she is forever in your hearts.My prayers are with you all,I Love you,Big Hugs

Posted by Starr Lamastus - Slidell, LA - Family   November 15, 2021

Mrs. Pat, Our families met in Jamaica and have been'family' for 50 years. I loved being with The Sweeney's. Gelion Beach, Tresure Beach, and just being together at Woodleigh or down the street at Y'all's house. Always a trooper. You, Mr. Mike, George & Joyce Davis and Valorie are having a blast. Also Your Mother Gram is cooking up everything. Love You dearly. Till we meet again. Just George.

Posted by Georganna Davis Hargroder - Independence, LA - Family Friend   November 11, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to your family for this great loss.

Posted by Maureen Roe - Atlanta, GA - Family   November 11, 2021

Mrs.Pat was a true jewel of our community. I loved her and cherished our friendship over the years. My heartfelt condolences to all of the family.

Posted by Gary Stanga - Ponchatoula, LA - Friend   November 11, 2021