2006-01-25 / Obituaries

Helen R. Patterson

Helen R. Patterson passed away December 29, 2005 in New Bern, NC. The daughter of Oscar and Annie Lumpkin Reynolds, she was born in Danville, VA. She was 93 years old.

Mrs. Patterson married James Donald Patterson in 1935 and moved to Hartwick, NY where she lived for the next 66 years. She assisted her husband in running the Patterson Funeral Home for 50 years. Mr. Patterson passed away in 1995.

In 1996 Mrs. Patterson moved to Garrison, NY with her daughter Betsy, where she lived for the next nine years. More recently she moved into an assisted living in New Bern, NC, near her daughter, Ann.

Mrs. Patterson is survived by her two daughters and a son in law, Patricia Ann and Frank McGrath, New Bern, NC, and Helen E. (Betsy) Briggi, Wareham, MA, formerly Garrison. She is also survived by eight beloved grandchildren: Lawrence Briggi, Croton-onHudson, NY; Stephen Briggi, Wareham, MA; Christopher Briggi, Roseville, CA; Peter McGrath, Apex, NC; Susan Santacesaria, Rochester, NY; Jeffrey McGrath, Potsdam, NY; Laura Beam, Fort Plain, NY; and Eric McGrath of Greer, SC. She leaves twenty loving great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Patterson was blessed with, and loved by many close friends wherever she lived.

Services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Patterson were held at the Hartwick Methodist Church on January 2, 2006, with each grandchild participating. Donations may be made in memory of Mrs. Patterson to the Hartwick Methodist Church, in care of Mrs. Louise Lauria, Treasurer, 131 Bunn Hill Road, Mt. Vision, NY 13810.

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