July 10, 1929 - July 3, 2010
Lucy Alice Bergman (Nee: Brown) was the firstborn daughter of Allen and Della M. Brown. At the time of birth the family lived in Omaha, Neb. The family along with grandparents, William and Alice Waas, came out west to farm in the Fruitvale area when she was age 9.
She started school in Umapine and as the family moved she stayed within the greater Milton-Freewater School System. Finally graduating from McLaughlin Senior High in the spring of 1948. Beginning in the fall of 1948 she attended Northwest Nazarene University for a year and a half.
In 1952, Lucy decided to join the U.S. Navy and was sent to Bambridge, Md., for her basic training. While there she rekindled her friendship with Lee Patterson. They married in February of 1953. They were both stationed in San Diego, where Lucy was a communication specialist for the naval Postal Service.
After returning to the Walla Walla Valley alone, she worked for many years at St. Mary's Hospital, Mutual of Omaha Insurance Agency and Frontier Farm Equipment. At times she served as the church secretary at Aldersgate Nazarene. She retired from the position of accounts payable for the City of Walla Walla. In the fall of 2003 she married, C. Arthur Bergman.
She is survived by her husband, Art of Walla Walla; son, David Patterson, of Walla Walla; brother, William (Bill) and Joyce Brown, of Lakewood, Calif.; sister, Carol and John Carlson, of Edmonds, Wash.;sister-in-law, Pat Brown, of Spanaway, Wash., along with nieces and nephews; two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Kenneth; and two nephews, Randy and Jeff.
Lucy had the biggest of hearts for God and served him faithfully to the end. She was a member of the Amazing Grace Church of the Nazarene and Life member of Ladies Auxiliary Post 992 VFW, Post 32 American Legion and AM Vets Post 111, all of Walla Walla.
Over the years she maintained many friendships with people she had gone to school with and with many family friends in the area. She was always happy and will be sorely missed when the families next gathering around the dinner table.
A celebration of her life will be held on July 13, 2010, at 10 a.m., at the Amazing Grace Church of the Nazarene at the corner of Alder and Clinton streets, with Pastor Ron Alexander officiating. There will also be a military honor guard. The family would like to encourage you to send any contributions to the Walla Walla Community Hospice in care of Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA.