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Elizabeth Broaddus (Simmons) Patton


1914 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Elizabeth Broaddus (Simmons) Patton Obituary
Elizabeth Broaddus Simmons Patton was born on May 9, 1914 in Hobart, Okla. Her parents were Emma Hollingsworth Broaddus Simmons and Robert Mosby Simmons.
Bettie died on Nov. 21, 2015 at the age of 101 in her home in Sweetwater, Texas.
Holy Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 at Holy Family Catholic Church, officiated by Father Nilo Nalugon. Interment will follow at Rotan Belvieu Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends for visitation at 6 p.m. on Monday evening with a Rosary to follow at 7 p.m. at McCoy Chapel of Memories.
The Simmons family moved to Sweetwater in 1919. Bettie attended school in Sweetwater and graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1930 at age of 16. She attended Incarnate Word College in San Antonio and represented the school in the Battle of the Flowers Fiesta parade. She transferred to the University of Texas at Austin her junior year where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She graduated with a degree in Education. Bettie returned to Sweetwater and worked in the family business, the Planters Gin Division of Sweetwater Cotton Oil Company. She was an accomplished comptometer operator and was very proud of the fact that she worked when Social Security was initiated in the mid-1930s. One of her jobs was to calculate benefits for all employees. During this time, Bettie was President of the Young Women's League and the Sweetwater Women's Golf Association. She was the organist for Holy Family Catholic Church, Chairman of Social Welfare for the American Red Cross and a Girl Scout leader. Bettie met John Henry (Jack) Patton at the Green Lantern Inn in Sweetwater and they were married on June 30,1941. They lived in Rotan, Texas where Jack was in the oil refining and trucking business with his father and brother. Jack enlisted in the Army and Bettie traveled with him whenever possible. They lived in Rolla, Missouri where Jack trained as a Petroleum Engineer at Fort Leonard Wood and in Alexandria, Louisiana when he was stationed at Camp Claiborne. Jack served with Patton's Third Army in the European Theater landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day+3.
After the war ended, Bettie and Jack made their home in Rotan. Bettie was a member of the Study Club, the Music Study Club, the Book Review Club, the Monday Bridge Club and the Wednesday Club that met on Thursdays. She was active in St. Joseph's Catholic Church often serving as the organist. In 1964, she was named Woman of the Year by the Rotan Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. For 13 years, Bettie served on the Rotan Independent School District Board and for many of those years served as the only woman. She represented the school district on the Fisher County Welfare Board and was involved with the building of a new high school in the 1960s.
After Jack died in 1971, Bettie returned to Sweetwater. She traveled the world with family and friends. She played bridge in several bridge clubs until recent years. Bettie served on the Boards of the County-City Library and the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital Foundation. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and enjoyed her lady friends of the LDS.
Bettie was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; and her sister, Maryemma Simmons Williams.
She is survived by her daughter, Carroll Ann Patton Matthews, of Corpus Christi; her grandson, Thomas Miller Matthews, his wife, Elizabeth and children, Lillian and Charles of Corpus Christi; and her son-in-law, Thomas Miller (Tim) Matthews. She is also survived by her nephew, Robert Simmons Williams of Dallas; nephew, Clayton Barton Williams of Long Beach, Calif. and her niece, Marialice Williams Garrett, Marialice's husband, Randy and their children, Alissa and Chase and Chase's wife, Kate. Bettie is survived by her "other daughter," Catharine Martinez Fretz; many cousins from her Simmons family; and many nieces and nephews from her Patton family.
Please send donations to: Sweetwater County-City Library, 206 Elm Street, Sweetwater, TX 79556; National WASP WWII Museum, 210 Avenger Field Road, Sweetwater, TX 79556; Nolan County Foundation, 201 Elm Street, Sweetwater, TX 79556 or an organization of your choice.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on Nov. 24, 2015
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