Elsie Marie Patterson
Dec. 25, 1918 - Nov. 12, 2011
Elsie Marie (Moore) Patterson, 92, went to be with her Lord on Nov. 12, 2011.
Born to Clyde Moore and Grace "Witt" Moore on Dec. 25, 1918, she was one of seven children. Elsie spent most of her early life in the Missouri/Oklahoma area.
On April 19, 1935, she married Emmitt L. Patterson in Los Angeles. Shorty afterward, they moved to Neosho, Mo., to her husband's farm, where they began their marital journey and family. Together they had six children: Roy Gene, Gwenn Rose, Billy Joe, Patricia Esther, Ronald Dean and Donald Emmitt.
In 1945, the family moved to Weston. Then in 1952, a move was made to Lowden, where her husband continued working on a farm as a machinist and farm/ranch foreman, and she worked as a highly respected homemaker in the community. While there the home became a registered Emergency Intake Home to 32 foster children. An "adoptive" son, David McBee, lived with them for several years. The couple made their final move to Dixie in 1983.
After moving to Dixie she became a member of the First Christian Church of Dixie and Rebekkah Lodge #356. She also participated in various volunteer services within the area. While she was still able to join her Dixie Church family for Sunday worship Elsie often requested her favorite hymn #96: "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow."
During her life, Elsie had been involved in numerous organizations. Included were: Touchet-Gardena Homemakers; Touchet Community Church, where she enjoyed her Christian service as a Sunday School teacher and became a Walla Walla County 4-H leader serving for several years. As her children were growing up, she was an active leader in Blue Birds/Camp Fire Girls and Cub/Boy Scouts. She had also worked at the Marcus Whitman as a caregiver for one of the residents.
For her service to these organizations she received numerous awards. They included the 4-H Hall of Fame Award for 50 years of service as a superintendent, Walla Walla County Homemaker of the Year in 1972 and the Degree of Chivalry through Rebekkah Lodge #356 in June of 1990. She also dedicated many years of service to the Southeastern Washington Fair in the horticulture division. She was thrilled to have met Charlie Pride during one of those years.
Elsie was a lady of many talents. She was well known locally for her invention of the "Pet Rock'' prior to the patented version years later. She also made "Applehead Dolls" and sugar-mold Easter eggs, which resulted in her teaching classes on both.
Elsie bathed in her love for her family. Large family gatherings, which were frequent at the home, and reunions were of great delight for her. There was never a lack of homemade dishes to enjoy nor an empty chair.
In her departure she leaves behind her children and their spouses, Roy Patterson of Dixie, Ronald and Flora Patterson of Hermiston, Gwenn and Lloyd Fisher of Hermiston, Pat and Criss Mayfield of Dixie; daughter-in-law, Evelyn Patterson of Walla Walla; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her husband of 68 years; two sons, Billy Joe Patterson and Don Patterson; one grandson; two granddaughters and all of her siblings.
Viewing will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, from 4-8 p.m.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla.