Alma Patterson was born April 15, 1920, and raised in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The daughter of Leopold J. Schreiber and Mary Smith Schreiber, she was the youngest of six children. She passed away on January 8, 2014, in Lebanon, Indiana. She was 93 years old.|
In 1937 she graduated from Plymouth High School and went on to attend Boston University and Brockton Business College. She worked in Plymouth in the law office of Morton Collingwood. After the outbreak of WWII she accepted the position as a legal secretary and administrative assistant with the War Production Board in Washington, D.C. It was here that she met her future husband William H. Patterson, a captain in the Army.
In 1945 Alma was selected as one of 15 administrative assistants to join a team of technology people from government, industry, and universities to study German industry at the end of the war in Europe. The committee operated under the American Embassy in London, and later at the Eisenhower Headquarters in Frankfort, Germany. On June 20, 1945, Alma married Bill Patterson at St. James Spanish Place Catholic Church in London.
After returning to the States, Bill and Alma moved to La Jolla, California. They were married for 54 years before his death in 1999. They have five children, Gail Patterson, Vaudene Kelly, Evy (Mark) McBee, Carolyn Patterson and William (Victoria) Patterson; fourteen grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. Alma was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings and her husband.
Alma was very active in the PTAs of all her children. She was a member of the Social Service League of La Jolla, St Germaine Auxiliary, La Jolla Woman's Club, Scripps Hospital Auxiliary, La Jolla Republican Women, North Shores Catholic Women's Club, All Hallows Church and the La Jolla Country Club. She was an avid bridge player and loved swimming and walking on the beach. She had a great appreciation of art, music and literature and loved to travel. She had boundless energy – becoming a successful realtor in her mid-50s, and dancing, going to theater, playing bridge and volunteering well into her 80s. She was an inspiration to her family and all who knew her. Alma moved to Darlington, Indiana, seven years ago to live near three of her children.
There will be a celebration of life followed by mass at St Bernard Catholic Church in Crawfordsville on Saturday, January 25, 2014. The visitation will be from 12 noon to 2 pm and the mass will follow at 2 pm.
Published in La Jolla Light on Jan. 16, 2014