In Memoriam: Geneva Patterson

A place to share memories, photos, condolences on the passing of Geneva

Vital Statistics

Geneva Helen Abbott was born to VIrginia (Virgie) (née Hawkins) and Fred(erick?) Abbott on February 21, 1916 in Commerce, Scott county, MO - a town on the Mississippi River where her Hawkins ancestors had settled three generations earlier.

When G was 2 years old, her parents moved the family - which included Dorothy, G's older sister - to St. Louis. G grew up in the Maryland Avenue neighborhood a few blocks east of Forest Park. Eventually she attended Sunday school at Giddings-Boyle Presbyterian Church.

Involvement with the youth at Giddings-Boyle under Rev. O. Wright led to Geneva's meeting Donald S. Patterson. They married July 15, 1939 - driving to Kansas City to be married by Rev. Wright at his house where he'd moved the previous year.

G and Don lived in St. Louis until January 1980, when they moved to the villa on South Sea Pines Drive, Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC, that they had bought in 1973. A few years later, they moved to a house, also in Sea Pines.

In October 2002, G and Don moved into Conway and Betty Kuhlmann's former house in Vero Beach, FL. Since April-May 2009, their home has been with Pat, near Deltaville, in Middlesex county, Virginia.

Geneva passed away peacefully in her sleep about 7:54 pm on Saturday, March 19, 2011, while Don was napping at her side. They were married 71 years, and she had made it to her 95th birthday - longevity surpassed in her family only by her cousin Esther. Rest in peace.

Geneva left us yesterday

Mom and Dad napped all afternoon, holding hands/touching arms; Mom hadn't wanted anything to eat or drink all day, didn't want to move. I'd spent all afternoon and eve with her till 1:30 am the previous day/night, she was happy, these were nice quiet loving days. She slipped away from us just before 8 pm tonight. An enormous loss, but we are thankful she had no pain or struggle, and that we were home together.

Help! All set up but does not work.


Welcome to the pages for GENEVA PATTERSON

Friends and family have been active on Facebook, and it's been great to share messages there.  But Facebook is here today, gone tomorrow, and I'd like to have a more lasting record.  I hope family and friends will share thoughts here.  Much like funeral parlors' online condolence pages, but with more possibilities for sharing photos and thoughts, this blog is devoted to G.

How to Participate

If you're on Facebook, I'll have tried to set up a user account for you.  Log in with your first name, written as you normally capitalize it: like Ron, or JoAnn.  Your password is your Facebook email address (or address you've used to write me personally) with an exclamation point both before and after, like !!  ALL lower case, no matter how you might sometimes write it.

If I don't have your email address, I couldn't sign you up, so please try signing up yourself (I'll have to shut that down if I can't block spammers) - if you have trouble, send me email and I'll make the account for you.

Ready to log in, if you so choose: Ananda, Andrew, Angela, Arne, Barbara, Beth, Bob, Bryan, Carlie, Chris, Christy, Dawn, Diana, Don, Erin, Flori, Frank, Gunilla, Jamie, Jan, Jasmine, Jay, Jerry, Jill, JoAnn, Judith, Kristian, Margaret, Marguerite, Pat, Patrick, Raynell, Rob, Ron, Samantha, Stacy, Sue.  I don't have email for Keaton or Jaimie.

I've taken the liberty ...

of copying Facebook messages over here.  After all, you'd all already put them online.  You can log in and edit or remove what you want.

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I cannot get this version of BlogEngine to play nicely with the site pages I've had for Geneva's artwork. After endless attempts, I have set those pages up on my own (genealogy) site. Better there than nowhere.