Mary Ann Patterson
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Was born August 7, 1922 in Yugoslavia, to her parents Nicholas and Barbara Zaharia. She passed away the morning of November 19, 2012. She is survived by her six children, Kathleen (Dennis King), Richard, Michael, Mark (Berdie), Kevin (Kim), and Ellen (Tony Jardino). She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Chad (Bri), Kristin (Mark), Kenny (Kylie), Tyler, Shawna, Tommy, Andrew, and Aaron, her five great- grandchildren, Kyle, Keira, Brooklynn, Kennedy, and Justus, her sister Hilda, and many nieces and nephews. Mary was pre-deceased by her husband Thomas, her parents, her brother Tony, and her sister Elsie. Mom was truly an earth angel and she will be remembered as a kind and gentle person.
Mary immigrated to the United States at the age of 7 in 1929 with her mother and siblings, settling in St. Louis where she spent her formative years. On her own, Mary moved to southern California in 1945 and began working in the unemployment office in Pomona, CA. It was there she met a returning WWII sailor looking for work, Thomas Patterson. Mary and Tom married in 1946 and began raising their family. Mary was a devoted wife and mother and continues to have all six of her children convinced each was her favorite. Upon their retirement in 1976, Tom and Mary began their lives' second chapter by exploring the United States in their RVs, enjoying many cruises and developing a large circle of friends. They were also able to be a large presence in the lives of their grandchildren, leaving them with enduring and loving memories. Mary enjoyed rose gardening, crocheting and listening to Lawrence Welk music as hobbies, and she always loved a good joke and a good laugh. A testimony to Mary's nature and devotion to family is the love and affection she received from her children and her sons-daughters-in-law. Our angel will be forever loved and never forgotten.
Services will be held on Monday, November 26th at 3:00 pm at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Claremont. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mary's name to VNA Hospice Care in Claremont, CA.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Nov. 22, 2012