Patricia Marie Saxton, 53, skin care specialist

March 05, 2003

Patricia Marie Saxton, a skin care specialist and founder of Stars Esthetics Spa, died of breast cancer Friday at her Catonsville home. She was 53.

Born Patricia Marie Barrise and raised in Waldwick, N.J., she later moved to Baltimore, where she attended the Maryland Institute College of Art.

While working as a fashion buyer for Lord & Taylor in New York in the late 1960s, she met her future husband, Stewart Stars Saxton. The couple were married in an open-air wedding ceremony in Wyman Park in 1970.

An accomplished seamstress and artist, Mrs. Saxton, who was known as Pattea, began her skin care career in 1978. After earning her cosmetologist's license in 1984, she opened Stars Salon in the Lake Falls Village shopping center in North Baltimore.

After selling the business in 1991, she worked at Skin Care Progressions of Rockville for six years.

Mrs. Saxton traveled the world studying skin care methods, as well as pursuing spiritual studies.

She established Stars Esthetics Spa in Bare Hills in 1998, where she introduced innovative skin care techniques to male and female patrons.

"She was on the cutting edge. She offered hot-stone therapy, seaweed wraps and golden spoon facials, which was a massage done with 24-karat gold spoons," said Kitsy Lee, a longtime friend and Roland Park resident.

"This was all combined with a spiritual, meditative side, which was also a part of what she offered," she said.

Mrs. Saxton enjoyed travel and was a dog fancier.

Services were private.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Saxton is survived by her mother, Italia Barrise of Waldwick, N.J.; and a sister, Judy Webster of Ridgewood, N.J.

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