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Obituary for Joyce Ann Patterson

We announce with deepest sadness the death of Joyce Ann Patterson (nee Powell), formerly of Merritt Island, FL, and more recently of Jacksonville, FL and York, PA, on February 15, 2018. She was Jo to her beloved late husband of 51 years Col Wm H Patterson Jr and as mommy and Mutti to her children and grandchildren. Joyce was born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 30, 1928. She was 89 years young. Awaiting her in God’s palace in addition to her late husband “Pat” are her parents Ellis and Margaret Powell and numerous extended family and friends from around the world.
Our mother raised her family, often times by herself, throughout the country and across the world. The wife of an Army officer is not an easy task, yet she was able to create a home for her family anywhere we went providing love guidance and comfort under the most challenging of conditions.
She often started, or reorganized a thrift store on the military posts we were assigned to, directing the proceeds to local charities serving the needy. She would make sure any family lacking the essentials received what they needed before anything else happened. She worked with The Catholic Church helping the St. Vincent DePaul society deliver groceries, pay utilities, rent, and offer any other assistance to those in need. Mutti never met a stranger, everyone who met her immediately knew they had a new special person in their life.
She was gifted as an artist. Being able to bring the beauty of what she saw or felt to others through her abilities.
Mourning for her here on Earth are her children: Cathy D’Angiolini and her husband Joe-their children and grandchildren, Col (ret.) William Henry Patterson III and his wife Teresa, Carol Miller and her husband the Reverend Glenn Miller-and their children, Patricia Dinkla and her husband Klaas-and their child, Christopher Patterson and his wife Beth-and their children and grandchildren, Michael Patterson and his wife Stephenie-and their children.
The heavens are richer for her presence, not that they needed another angel or our “living saint”. Earth’s struggles no longer have sway. Those she touched will always remember knowing such a loving being. Striving to live as our mother lived brings nothing but humanity, compassion, love and lightness to our lives. She will of course continue caring for us from above as we miss her so dearly here.
A Memorial Mass will be held Monday, March 5th 2018 at 11:00 am at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 6320 Bennett Road, Jacksonville, FL 32216. Co officiates Father Callistus Onwere and Reverend Glenn Miller. Internment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington DC, at a future date.
Funeral arrangements by Naugle Schnauss Funeral Home 808 Margaret Street Jacksonville, FL 32204, www.nauglefuneral.com.