Barbara Kay Patterson
1939 - 2017
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Barbara Kay Patterson
Barbara Kay Patterson was born October 3, 1939 and passed away December 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Barbara was born in Chicago, Illinois but spent most of her childhood in St. Paul, Minnesota. She loved the outdoors and fishing on the lake.
Her family moved to Houston, Texas and she graduated from Lamar High School. Barbara was voted "Miss Braeburn Valley" when she was 15 years old. She attended the University of Texas and was a member Chi Omega sorority. She was the manager of a large gift shop at a hospital for many years and retired at age 70. Barbara enjoyed this job and was passionate about helping families and patients that came to the shop. Her friends described as "vibrant" and "full of life." After retiring, she enjoyed gardening, making meals for those that were sick or in the hospital, and taking care of her rescue dogs. Barbara was an energetic, strong, independent woman. She loved and cherished time with her family. During her illness, she fought hard and was extremely brave. Her love, strength, laughter, and compassion for others will always be remembered.
Barbara is predeceased by her parents Russell and Phyllis Ekblad. Her surviving family members include her children - Diana Peters, Martha Aucoin, and Robert Patterson. Her grandchildren - Cassidy Aucoin, Matthew Aucoin, Logan Patterson, and Julia Patterson. Also, her brother, Russell E. Ekblad. Her nephews and nieces - Russ Ekblad Jr. and his children Max and Tess, Michael Ekblad, Eric Ekblad and his children Ellery and Morgan, her niece Ann Ekblad, her nephew Andrew Ekblad, and his children Callum and Ada.
A Memorial Service will be held at Lakewood United Methodist Church Friday, January12 ,at 10:30 AM. The address is 11330 Louetta Rd, Houston, Texas 77070. In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of the following organizations: Brain Injury Association of America, Alzheimer's Association, or a "No Kill" animal shelter of your choice.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 31, 2017.
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January 15, 2018
Martha, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother-My thoughts are with you and your family during this time
Andrea Chriss
January 11, 2018
Dearest Diana, so very sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. She fought so hard to recover from her illness. Thinking of you and sending you my love. Kathy Smith xx
Kathy Smith
January 11, 2018
Diana, Martha, Robbie and Family, we are so sorry to hear about your sweet Mom. My older sister Kim, myself (Karen) and my little brother Johnny, well, we loved hanging out with you three as kids while our parents laughed and joked around together. Your Mom was always so funny, always giggling and laughing. I especially remember her for her "sideways" look she would give me with a glint in her eye when she was about to do or say something to make us all laugh. When I was older and would head to Houston to see my folks, I would stop at the garden center on my way back home to Austin and guess who I would run into?!! Yep, your Mom. Barbara and I would catch up, laugh and talk flowers. She always caught me up on her wonderful kids and your aspirations, and then talked of her love for her beloved dog, Lady. I believe all dogs go to heaven, and Lady is with your Mom while she watches over you all.

Much love and peace to you Diana (my class mate) Martha and Robbie and all of your beloved family.

Sincerely, Karen (Rene') Spencer.
Karen Rene Spencer
January 8, 2018
Kathy, our kids, and I, will always remember the fun times we had with Barbara and the Family on the tennis courts or just doing plain ole fun stuff! Barbara was always there to help you in any way! I still remember that mischievous little giggle of hers! God Bless you Barbara! Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family!
John and Kathy Spencer
January 2, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Bev & Harry Hilton
January 2, 2018
When I was 7, we moved from Northern Virginia to Houston, TX, and the day we moved in, Barbara Patterson was the one neighbor who went out of her way, baked us a lemon cake, and brought it over to welcome our family to the neighborhood. Her daughter, Diana, and I became best friends during those 3 years we lived there, and she became a second mom to me. She was always so kind, generous, and was excited, and encouraging about any little thing I did, and I absolutely adored her. Rest In Peace, Barbara. I will love and miss you forever.
Linda Haggerty
January 1, 2018
May "the God of all comfort" strengthen you at this time of sadness, and may His promise for the future bring you peace ~ Hosea 13:14.
December 31, 2017
Although it's been over 20 years, it seems like yesterday that I met Barbara on the greenbelt with her walking Lady and I had Abby & Cody. Since then we shared many walks with our various dogs, holidays, sporting & cultural events and spur of the moment dinners. She will always hold a special place in my heart and be remembered for her thoughtfulness. At the end I know she recognized Barney, Roxie and I when we'd make our visits. Rest in peace my friend. My deepest sympathy to Diana, Rob & Martha.
Sheila Gurwitz
December 31, 2017
A "sister-friend" since 1959, I shall always
miss Barb's zest for life, and her compassion
for her furry babies plus her wonderful laugh
and sense of humor. She was Lucy to my Ethel!
I shall miss her the rest of my life. Deepest
sympathy to Diana, Rob and Martha.
Deanna Snell
December 31, 2017
I called on Barbara when she was the manager of the gift shop and she was always buying for her customers and patients needs. She always had a smile and was a friend to me. We also shared the same birth date, Oct. 3rd. We shared lots of cake together and laughter! Rest in Peace dear FRIEND!
Gary Boyd
December 31, 2017
Words cannot describe what I am feeling. I give my condolences to the entire family. My dear and loyal friend, Barbara, will be cherished in my memory forever.
May you rest in peace, my dear friend, I will miss you.
With love and remembrance,
Renee Snow
December 29, 2017
My prayer for you is that our heavenly Father will hold your family in His loving arms as you travel these days of mourning, give you strength to embrace your faith, and to find peace in the knowledge we will meet again. Barbara was such a good friend to me - we were almost like sisters. I will miss her beyond measure. Diana & Bruce - all our love to you and your family.
David & Jane Bilberry
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