Mary F. Patterson, 93

Published 5:30pm Monday, November 19, 2012

Born: March 1, 1919

Died: Nov. 17, 2012

Mary F. Patterson, 93, of Niles, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.


She was born on March 1, 1919, in Three Rivers, to the late Claude and Ellen Brown.

On July 27, 1940, Mary wed Walter D. Patterson at a ceremony in South Bend.

Mary was first and foremost a wife, mother and homemaker. Later, when her children were grown, she worked for Simplicity Pattern for many years. Mary enjoyed quilting, gardening, being outdoors, traveling and mostly spending time with her family. Mary was a gifted cook and fed anyone who came to her home. She also had a great love for her pets through the years. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter Patterson in 2007; a great-great granddaughter, Brooklyn Patterson; and two brothers, Richard C. and Larry E. Brown.

Mary is survived by a son, Dennis (Patricia “Pat”) Patterson, of Niles; daughters, Janice (Bobby) Morrison, of Niles, and Marsha (Kenneth) Burger, of Niles; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.


Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at 1 p.m. with visitation beginning at 11 a.m. at Mission Hills Memorial Chapel in Niles. Mary will be interred next to Walt at Mission Hills Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to Hospice at Home Inc. 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, Mich., 49085 or to the Old Rugged Cross Foundation, P.O Box 41, Niles, Mich., 49120.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home and Mission Hills Memorial Chapel.

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