Patterson, Betty J.
86, of Mesa, AZ passed away on February 9, 2014. passed away on February 9, 2014. Betty was born in suburban Chicago, Illinois, to Ruth and Mr. Anderson. Early in Betty's life the family moved to Mesa. Soon after the move her father fell ill and passed away. Betty's mother struggled to make a living as a cook. One of her cooking jobs required the young mother and daughter to move to Canyon Lake, northeast of Mesa. It was there that her mother cooked for a construction crew while young Betty attended school at Tortilla Flat in a one room school house. Jobs were few and far between and after the Canyon Lake task was complete, Betty and her mother moved back to town. Ruth met and married Edward Peterson who promptly adopted Betty. Alma School and Mesa High brought a more traditional education. It was through a customer of Betty's father that she met her future husband, Ross (Pat) Patterson. Upon the breakout of world war two Betty became a war bride and took a job as a telephone operator. Following the war the couple bought a bicycle store that was located in downtown Mesa. This store, which came to be known as "Pat's Schwinn Cyclery"along with her two sons became a focal point in her and Pat's life. In 2006 Pat passed away. Shortly after which she moved into Courtyard Towers in downtown Mesa, within blocks of the major milestones of her life. Betty is survived by two sons, Don and Ken. She has two grandchildren and five great grandchildren who were her pride and joy. Visitation will be held at Meldrum Mortuary at 52 N. McDonald Mesa, AZ 85201 on February 14, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.