Mrs. Irene Patton Kauffman, a resident of Westchester Manor in High Point, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Dec. 27, 2012.
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Mrs. Kauffman was born on Nov. 12, 1921 in Mebane, N.C., the first child of Clay Joseph Patton Sr. and Lillian Beatrice Brown Patton. She lived most of her life in Mebane, attending Mebane Schools and Alamance Technical Community College. She attended God's Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio. While there, she met the love of her life, Robert Kauffman.
After they married in Mebane in June of 1946, the couple returned to Robert's hometown of Caro, Michigan, where they lived for 4 years. In 1950, the Kauffmans returned to Mebane. There, they became involved members at the Mebane Wesleyan Church. Irene enjoyed teaching Sunday school and directing the choir. She also served as the pianist at the church. Throughout the years, she taught private piano lessons in her home. She was also a member of the Gideon's Women's Auxiliary, an organization dear to her heart.
Irene and Robert also spent 8 years in Raleigh, N.C. and after retirement moved to High Point, N.C. in order to be closer to family. During this time they became members of the First Wesleyan Church in High Point, NC.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents and her brother C.J. Patton Jr.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 66 years, Robert L. Kauffman, of the home; her daughter and son in law, Carolyn and Edward Winslow of Thomasville; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Wendy Kauffman of Greensboro; and four grandsons, Ryan and Shannon Kauffman of Summerfield, Chris and Carrie Kauffman of Kernersville, David and Holly Winslow of Colfax, Robert and Amy Winslow of Winston-Salem; and nine great-grandchildren, Cameron and Julianna Kauffman, Will, Wesley and Wyatt Kauffman, Luke and Avery Winslow, Reagan and Jake Winslow.
The family wishes to thank all the wonderful staff of Westchester Manor and United Hospice from North Wilkesboro, N.C., who lovingly cared for her in the final years.
A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Wesleyan Church in High Point, N.C. Visitation will follow in the church foyer.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at Oakwood Cemetery in Mebane, N.C. at 11 a.m.
The family request, that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Gideons International, P.O. BOX 5275, High Point, NC 27262 or United Hospice Foundation, 902 West D Street, Suite B, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.
McClure funeral home in Mebane, NC is serving the Kauffman family.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.mcclurefuneralservice.net
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2012