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Brenda C. (Godsell) Paterson


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Brenda C. (Godsell) Paterson Obituary
Brenda C. (Godsell) Paterson
longtime resident of Merrimac; 82

Brenda C. (Godsell) Paterson, age 82, longtime resident of Merrimac, died in the comfort of her home and in the presence of her loving family on Sunday morning, September 30, 2018, eleven days after her thirty first wedding anniversary to Donald Paterson.

Born Brenda C. Godsell in Cheltenham, England on July 19, 1936, she married Ronald Wiggins before immigrating to Toronto, Canada and later to the USA. They settled in Chelmsford, MA, and she gave birth to four sons, Paul, Glenn, Jeffrey and Richard. Post divorce, she met and married Donald Paterson, born in Boston, MA, who had two girls from a previous marriage, Laura A.Balcom and Erica A. Nagy.

They enjoyed a whirlwind life together, hiking, skiing, and golfing while living at the home they built in Merrimac, and wintering in St. Augustine, Florida, where she made many lasting friends and a hole-in-one at Palatka Golf Club. After registering the shot with the Pro, she went up to a group of men and said out loud, "you gentlemen would not expect an old lady to pay for your drinks, would you!"

Brenda was an accomplished quilter and belonged to numerous quilting guilds as well as at the Merrimac Senior Center where she helped new quilters get started. Her prolific quilting after retirement from Holt & Bugbee in 1995 led to many friends and a three month exhibit of her work at the Merrimac Public Library. She entered numerous shows and won several blue ribbons. She won the "Vendors Choice" as best quilt not entered in the competition at the Newburyport Quilt Show several years ago.

Brenda's health started to decline after a bad fall at home which required hospitalization and two weeks in re-hab which she did not like. A second fall several years later while wintering at their condo in St. Augustine Florida also required hospitalization. These occurrences led to intense diagnostic testing and to the conclusion that Brenda was in the early stages of a form of Parkinson's. Over the next few years her symptoms intensified and we both vowed never to leave our home. This day she got her wish.

In addition to her husband, Donald, her three sons, Paul, Jeffrey and Richard, and her two step-daughters, Laura and Erica, she leaves behind several grandchildren, extended family members and friends from near and far, all of whom loved her dearly. She was predeceased by her son, Glenn Wiggins.

By her request, there will be no services. Hold her close to your heart and always remember her generosity of spirit, her endless energy, her caring ways and her eagerness to help others, which brought her such joy. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 36 West Main Street, Merrimac.
Published in Lowell Sun on Oct. 2, 2018
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