Mrs. Faye Patterson Overton Webb, 83, of Williamsburg, Va., and formerly of Petersburg, Va., died Saturday, Nov. 24, at Williamsburg Landing after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.
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She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Robert Basye Webb Jr., M.D.; and her four children, Robert Basye Webb III of Fairfax, Va., and his wife, Nancy, Susan Patterson Webb Dreyfus of New York, N.Y., and her husband, Jean Francois, David Fields Webb of Washington, D.C., and his wife, Martha, and Mark Overton Webb of Richmond, Va., and his wife, Jill. She is survived by nine grandchildren. She also leaves her two brothers, Dolphin Henry Overton Jr., M.D., of Rocky Mount, N.C., and Joseph Louis Overton of Atlanta.
She was born Oct. 1, 1929, in Waynesville, N.C., to Dolphin Henry Overton and Faye Lutz Overton, and was raised in Shelby, N.C. She graduated from Shelby High School in 1946 as the class valedictorian. She graduated from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., where she was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa. In 1949, she was selected to represent the World Council of Churches in Stuttgart, Germany, in their post-World War II recovery rehabilitation program. Following graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a Spanish and Portuguese translator for the Department of the Air Force and then as a cryptoanalyst for the U.S. Army Security Agency. While working in Washington, she was introduced by her brother, Henry, to her husband, while the two were interning at Walter Reed Medical Center.
She devoted her life to her children, her husband and her faith. She had a brilliant mind, a wonderful wit and a warm North Carolina charm that she carried with grace throughout her life. She had a lifelong love of language and literature, with a particular fondness for Edith Wharton, Emily Dickinson and political biographies. Her love of learning permeated her life, as she constantly challenged herself and those around her to continue to grow in both knowledge and compassion.
She was an active member and past-president of the Petersburg Women's Medical Auxiliary and was a past officer of the Women's Auxiliary to the Medical Society of Virginia. She was also a member of the Petersburg Women's Club, the Petersburg Study Club, the Petersburg Garden Club and the Country Club of Petersburg. She was an active member and volunteer at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Petersburg, for the Tri-City Literacy Council and for the Virginia Association of Competitive Swimming. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Petersburg Home for Ladies.
Pat touched every heart she encountered with her overwhelming love of life and others. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
The family will receive visitors at Nelsen Funeral Home in Williamsburg from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. A memorial service will be held in the auditorium at Williamsburg Landing at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, following a private interment.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to Agnes Scott College or to the
. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.
Published in The Progress-Index on Nov. 28, 2012