GREENSBORO - Denolda Reynolds Patten, 93, formerly of Graham, N.C., died May 20, 2013 at Well Spring Retirement Center.
Denolda was born Oct. 22, 1919, in Jacksonville, Texas, to Dexter Floyd Reynolds and Mary Ann Trantham Reynolds. She grew up in Texas, attended Lon Morris Methodist Junior College and graduated from Tyler Commercial Secretarial School, Tyler, Texas.
Denolda met Lt. Allen J. Patten, U.S. Army, while both were working at the War Department in Washington, D.C. They married in 1942, just before he was sent to England with the Signal Corps to join the secret Enigma project. After Allen returned from his service overseas, they moved to North Carolina, eventually settling in Graham, N.C., where they raised their family. They were married 50 years before Allen's death in 1992. Denolda moved to Well Spring Retirement Center in Greensboro, N.C. in 1998.
Denolda received an Honorary Life Membership, Women of the Church, in 1987 at Graham Presbyterian Church, where she attended many years. She also served as the first woman Democratic Precinct Chair in Alamance County and was a former chair of the Alamance Mental Health Board. She was an active parent in the Graham school system while her children attended and worked as a substitute teacher after that. Denolda treasured her many loyal friendships through the years and could ask for nothing more than that.
Denolda is survived by her three children, Judy Patten Broom (Knox) of Greensboro, N.C., Marian Reynolds Patten of Asheville, N.C. and Edward Allen Patten of Fredericksburg, Va.; two grandchildren, Hal Lee McAdams III (Rosalia) and Emily McAdams Scott (Rick), all of Greensboro, N.C.; two stepgranddaughters, Lynn Broom Peraldo, also of Greensboro, N.C. and Shea Broom Pitlik (Mike) of Lake Forrest, Calif.; one great-grandson; three great- stepgrandsons and three great-stepgranddaughters; sister, Mary Floyd Johnson of Jacksonville, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, Denolda was preceded in death by a sister, Cleta Reynolds Thompson of Beaumont, Texas.
The family thanks the staff at Well Spring for the years of kindness they demonstrated with Denolda and for their dedicated professionalism.
There will be a private graveside service for family at Alamance Memorial Park and a memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in Wellspring Richardson's Auditorium, 4100 Well Spring Drive, Greensboro, N.C. 27410 by the Rev. Lou East.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405 or to Graham Presbyterian Church, 216 W. Harden Street, Graham, NC 27253.
Information provided by Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Services, Greensboro, N.C.