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Elmhurst Cemetery

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Submitted by: Nyree Coffman

Patricia Patterson
Dec 8, 1937-Jun 12, 2023

Patricia (Patt) Louise Rathgeber Patterson passed away June 12th at her Woodward home surrounded by family.
Patt was born December 8, 1937 in Kiowa, Kansas to Gladys (Schwanz) and Cecil Rathgeber. She attended Kiowa Public schools graduating with the class of 1955. Patt was active as the band majorette and in the school choir.
She married Calvin Eugene Patterson in her childhood home on August 26th, 1956. They lived for a year in Fairfield, California but returned to Kiowa and Wichita, Kansas then settled in Cherokee, Oklahoma for the arrival of their son, Michael in 1957. Two more sons, Jim and Gary arrived in 1958 and in 1960. Their fourth son Dick was born in 1967.
While in Cherokee, Patt worked at Dairy Mart and opened her own flower shop called Patt’s Flower Shop.
In 1971 Patt and Calvin moved to Woodward, Oklahoma for Calvin to begin teaching at Woodward High School. Patt was employed for a time at Akards Florist and later at Irwin Chevrolet. In 1998 Patt retired after serving as the school secretary at Westwood Elementary School for 21 years.
Patt and Calvin were active members for many years in the Woodward Coin Club. They also traveled the United States finding a record number of Geocaches. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren, crafting, and collating family pictures in many volumes of scrapbooks.
Patt is preceded in death by her parents Gladys and Cecil Rathgeber, her four siblings Don Rathgeber, Bob Rathgeber, Christine Rathgeber Corr, and Biantha Rathgeber Martin. Also preceding her in death were her mother and father in-law Dorothy Wilson Patterson and Wilfred (Cotton) Patterson.
Patt is survived by her husband of 66 years, Calvin and their four sons Michael Eugene and Kristy Patterson of Guymon, Oklahoma, James Edwin Patterson of San Diego, California, Gary Lee and Alicia Patterson of Newport News, Virginia and Dick Alan and Shaunda Patterson of Fritch, Texas. Grandchildren are Kiley Patterson Rios and husband Aaron of Yukon, Oklahoma, Lindsay Patterson Skelton and husband James of Texhoma, Oklahoma, Kelsey Patterson Sanders and husband Sean of Piedmont, Oklahoma, Amanda Patterson of Gloucester, Virginia, Tyler Patterson of Newport News, Virginia, Shey Patterson and Trace Patterson both of Amarillo, Texas. Great grandchildren are Berkley Rios, Tate Skelton, Lily Skelton, Quinn Skelton, Calvin Sanders, Kris Sanders, Alicia Patterson, Korbin Patterson, Tristen Patterson and Alexander Patterson.
Patt will be remembered for her devotion to Calvin and her family, her love of the 4th of July, the fact that she never met anyone she didn’t like, her extensive collection of mouse figurines and stuffed toys, her ability to roller skate and twirl her majorette baton well into her 70’s and her special, homemade noodles.
Patt is under the care of Bunch - Roberts Funeral home in Guymon, Oklahoma. A graveside service will be held Monday, June 19th at 10:00 a.m.in Elmhurst Cemetery in Guymon with Todd Singleterry as celebrant.
The family requests no flowers. Any donations in Patt’s memory will be given to a local 4th of July fireworks fund. Memorials will be accepted at Bunch - Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1112, Guymon, Oklahoma 73942. Friends and family can sign the online guest book at www.bunchroberts.com

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