Patricia Patterson

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  • "So sorry to learn of Pat's passing. My condolences to her..."
    - Linda Gorsuch Crawford
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After a three month valiant struggle with complications from a spinal fracture and lymphoma, despite the ministrations of doctors, nurses, and caregivers, Patricia Jeannette Patterson, a resident of Pilgrim Place, Clermont, CA since Dec. 2000, peacefully breathed her last on Jan 10, 2017 at 4:05pm at the Health Services Center of Pilgrim Place. Born May 3, 1935 the eldest of Lester and Hilda Patterson, she grew up on their working farm near Gamber, MD. Pat earned a BA in English and Education from Western Maryland (now McDaniel) and a MA in Religion and Literature from Drew University. Besides teaching high school English at her alma mater in Westminster, MD she worked for almost 40 years with the United Methodist Church in various capacities. She was an educational missionary and associate professor at Aoyama Women's Junior College and University in Tokyo, Japan (1957-72). She was called to the New York- based executive staff of the mission board in 1972 with successive positions in Missionary Affairs and as liaison in programmatic relations with Indochina, Japan and Korea, working to end the war in Vietnam and consulting with Protestant church leaders, Vietnamese and US negotiators; she also participated in ecumenical support for Japan-North American Commission on cooperative mission (JNAC) based in New York but including five denominations in the US, two in Canada and two in Japan (1990-2000). Pat described the primary influences on her life: "My work as a mission-related person shaped my career and my Christian commitment. The suffering of the Vietnamese in the US war, the struggle of the Korean people for democracy and human rights and the constancy of women to be fully human despite sexist circumstances, all inspired and shaped me." She was an active leader of Pilgrim Place programs such as World Affairs and Doing Theology; she also convened the Pomona Valley Peace Network and supported local justice and environmental groups. Along with all these endeavors and accomplishments, Pat was a warm, generous and loyal friend, a great team player and a staunch encourager of others, including her first Bible class of Japanese college students, with whom she was still enjoying a lively relationship lasting six decades. Though she lived most of her life in big cities, her rural origins nourished her love of nature wherever she found herself. For the past 30 years, she would retreat to a little house in beloved green Berkshires around Alford, MA which she owned with fellow mission worker Ruth Harris. She wrote hymns and many poems to honor people and events; she published five books of her poetry illustrating her perceptions of the natural world and the world of human relations. Pilgrim Place named her Poet Laureate during its 2015 centenary celebration. Pat (Trish to her family) is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Vivian and Jack Alvrus of Conyers, GA, sister-in-law Rosalie Patterson of Gettysburg, PA, first cousins Louise Glover of Louisville, MD, Mary Marzullo, of Westminster, MD, Linda Null of Keymar, MD, Dennis Null of Westminster, MD. Nieces Annalisa Alvrus of Tempe, AZ, Mary Davis (Ted) Snellville, GA, Sharon Patterson, Gettysburg, PA. Nephews Russ (Joanne) Patterson of Cosby, TN, Jack (Michelle) Alvrus of Wake Forest, NC and other cousins and nieces and nephews. A west coast memorial service was held Feb. 13 in Clermont, CA. On June 25, 2017, a memorial/ remembrance service will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church 3939 Gamber Road, Finksburg, MD at 2pm. For more information re: the service contact Mrs. Marzullo at 410-848-1041



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Calvary United Methodist Chr
3939 Gamber Rd
Finksburg, MD 21048
Published in Carroll County Times on Apr. 23, 2017
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