Erma Patterson


Erma Patterson
Feb. 2, 1924 - May 29, 2011

Erma Pauline Patterson, 87, passed away on May 29, 2011, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. She was born Feb. 2, 1924, to Joe and Lurina Martin Fondahn in Walla Walla.

She married George H. Patterson on March 6, 1943, in Walla Walla. They had two children: son, Dallas Patterson; and daughter, Catherine Madole. They were married 56 years. George died in April 1999.

She lived her entire life in Walla Walla except for one year, 1944-1945 when she and her husband lived in Sacramento, Calif., while he was serving in the Air Force.

For many years, she worked as a secretary, beginning part time while still in high school. She worked at Cox-Dunning Investments Insurance, Inland Empire Waterways Association, Pacific Power Light, Central Christian Church, Washington State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and Walla Walla Community College.

She was a lifelong active member of Central Christian Church and was currently serving as a deaconess. In earlier years, she taught children's Sunday school classes. She was a Cub Scout den mother, a member of the National Secretaries Association and a member of Narcissa Rebekah Lodge, holding various offices.

She loved to travel, especially to visit their son Dallas and his family in eastern U.S. cities. In later life, she toured the British Isles by bus and took a cruise to the Baltic countries.

She is survived by her son, Dallas Patterson of Brentwood, Tenn.; her daughter, Catherine Madole of Walla Walla; grandson, Christopher Patterson of Murphysboro, Tenn.; granddaughters, Jodie Caruso of
Waterbury, Conn., Marcie Martin of Reseda, Calif., Bobby Jo Lindsay of La Grande, Ore., Sandi Finch of Walla Walla; and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Wayne Fondahn of Walla Walla. She was preceded in death by brother, Robert Fondahn; and her parents.

The memorial funeral service will be held on Friday, June 3, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Central Christian Church with Rev. Roland Shanks officiating. Private family interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Christian Church of the Christian Aid Center through the Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA.


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