Elsie M. Patterson, 92, of Dixie, Wash., died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in the General Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash., with family by her side.
Services will be held Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, Wash. Burial to follow at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens. Viewing will be Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Elsie was born to Clyde Moore and Grace (Witt) Moore in Commerce, Oklahoma, one of seven children. In 1935 she married Emmitt Patterson in Los Angeles and the couple went to his farm in Neosho, Missouri. They were blessed with six children.
In 1945 the family moved to Weston, Oregon. In 1952 another move to Lowden, Wash., where her husband continued working as a machinist and farm/ranch foreman until he retired. While in Lowden the home became a registered Emergency Intake Home to 32 foster children. One of these children, David McBee, now of Joplin, Mo., resided with them for several years. The couple moved to Dixie, Wash., to reside with their oldest son.
She was a stay-at-home mom and homemaker. As her family was growing she was active as a leader for Blue Birds/Camp Fire Girls and Cub/Boy Scouts.
She was active in numerous organizations including:?Touchet-Gardena Homemakers; Touchet Church, there as a Sunday School teacher; Dixie First Christian Church and as a 4-H leader, serving for many years. For services to these organizations she received many awards including 4-H Hall of Fame for 50 years of service as a superintendent, Walla Walla Co. Homemaker of the Year in 1972 and the Degree of Chivalry through Rebekah Lodge #356 in June 1990. She also served many years at the South Eastern Washington Fair in the Horticulture Division, with the thrill of having personally met Charlie Pride.
Family love was a big part of her life and there were lots of get-togethers at the home for dinners, reunions, parties, etc., and always a chair for everyone.
She is survived by sons Roy G. Patterson of Dixie, Wash., and Ronald (Flora) Patterson of Hermiston, Ore., daughters Gwenn )Lloyd) Fisher of Hermiston, Ore., and Patricia (Criss) Mayfield of Dixie, Wash., 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.
Preceding her in death were her husband Emmitt of 68 years, sons Donald and Billy Joe, one grandson and two granddaughters, and all of her siblings.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may be made to Walla Walla Co. 4-H, First Christian Church of Dixie or a charity of choice through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.