Sarah Key (Patten) Gwynn
1932 - 2017
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Sarah Patten Gwynn died October 26, 2017, in Atlanta. She was born Sarah Key Patten on September 23, 1932, in Chattanooga, the daughter of Zeboim Cartter Patten, Jr. and Elizabeth Bryan Patten. She grew up at Ashland Farm at the base of Lookout Mountain in Flintstone, Georgia. Ashland is a classic residence that was designed by noted Atlanta architect Thomas Dowling. Sarah often told her children stories of growing up at Ashland and they remember them fondly to this day. In her childhood, Sarah and her sister Emmy had a pony cart that generated many adventures. As well, both were accomplished horsewomen and often rode together. In the summers, the Pattens would go to their home, Topside, on Walkers Pond in Brooksville, Maine. Both Ashland Farm and Topside are on the National Register of Historic Places and remain in the family to this day. Sarah went to the Girls Preparatory School where she was the May Queen in her senior year. Sarah attended Vassar College where she graduated with a degree in chemistry in 1954. After completing her freshman year, she was honored by being the Queen of the Cotton Ball in Chattanooga in the summer of 1951.

On June 18, 1955, Sarah married Philip Gwynn of Baltimore whom she met on a blind date. They were introduced by her cousin David Abshire who was Phil's roommate at West Point. The ceremony was at Ashland. Phil's mother told her grandchildren that it was the most beautiful wedding that she ever attended. Phil and Sarah then moved to Philadelphia where Phil completed his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. During his final year, Sarah worked as a chemist at Hahenemann University Hospital. Upon Phil's graduation, they moved to Pittsburgh where Phil worked for the Mellon Bank and Sarah at a lab. After two years, they moved to Chattanooga, then Greenville, South Carolina, ultimately settling in Atlanta in 1961.

Sarah will be remembered for her elegance and her beauty which she retained till her dying day, her keen intellect, her sharp, somewhat dry wit and her understated nature. She was a kind, decent, generous soul. Sarah was beloved by all including her numerous friends, her husband, her children and her grandchildren. She was a member of the Cherokee Garden Club, the Junior League of Atlanta and the Colonial Dames in the State of Georgia. Sarah is survived by her husband of 62 years, Philip Haines Gwynn of Atlanta, her son, Nowland Gwynn (Suzanne) of Atlanta and her daughter Elizabeth Perdue (David) of Somerset, Virginia. She was predeceased by her son Philip H. Gwynn, Jr. Sarah is also survived by her brothers Z. Cartter Patten III and W.A. Bryan Patten and her sister Emma Patten Casey, all of Chattanooga. As well, Sarah had six grandchildren, Bennett and Fontaine Gwynn, Jack, Gus and Gwynn Perdue and Philip Gwynn III. The funeral will be held Wednesday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30305. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Hospice Atlanta Center.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, 2017.
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March 13, 2020
Sarah was so nice to me as the co-coordinator for her group of distinguished and interested "Buckhead Ladies," when I used to give monthly lectures on great cities of the world" during 2000 and 2001. She certainly gave as much as she received from her many friends in that group and I felt privileged to know her. My belated condolences to her family.
Chip Carey
November 20, 2017
My condolences to the family I use to to be a caregiver to her I will really miss her God bless the Family Mr Phil u are in my prayers
Latonya Cooke
November 5, 2017
I remember visiting my Aunt Sarah and family in Atlanta as a child and her warm welcomes made me feel at home.
Matt Gwynn
November 3, 2017
May the wonderful memories of your love one fill your hearts with love and bring you peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
Atlanta, GA
November 2, 2017
May the love of family and friends bring you comfort, alone with God words at 2 Cor. 1:3-5. She will be greatly miss by all who knew her. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
November 1, 2017
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your love one Sarah.May you find peace and comfort in the words of God.
Chuck Jonesboro
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