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Mildred Patterson

A celebration of life for Mildred I. Patterson, 105, will be Friday, December 29 at 10:30 AM at the Kalona United Methodist Church, Kalona. Pastor Gerry Kahler will officiate. Burial will follow in the Sharon Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 28 from 4:00 PM till 7:00 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home, Kalona. A memorial fund has been established for Ronald McDonald House or St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, FL.

Mildred Irene Patterson was born August 15, 1912 ,in Roanauke, IL, the daughter of Jacob and Jacobeana (Yotty) Speas. She attended rural schools in Washington County, Iowa.

On October 1, 1940, she was united in marriage to Linus Patterson in Kalona.

The couple lived east of Richmond and raised their family there.

Mildred had many interests: quilting, sewing, playing cards, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren were always happy to spend time at Grandma’s because they knew it was going to be a special play time, animals and great food. After Linus’ death in 1989 she moved to Kalona.

She was a member of the Kalona United Methodist Women and attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, FL.

Survivors are her three children: Jim Patterson (Sue) of Cedar Rapids, Margi Teets (David) of Kalona and Alice Patterson Bayne of Jacksonville, Fl.

Also surviving are Carol Teets-Miles(Rob)of Atlanta, Jodi Teets Peer(Dennis) of North Liberty, Tanya(Tani) Teets Downs( Tony) of Katy, TX, Melissa Patterson Haars(Chris) of Cedar Rapids, Matt Patterson(Blair) of Ankeny, Adrienne San Feliz, Colorado, Jennifer Parker, Portland, OR, Johanna Murphy (Scott), Tampa, Fl., Mark Bayne, Jacksonville, FL, and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Linus, and grandson, Michael Teets.

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Mildred lived a full & wonderful long life. God saw that it was time to come home. May she be remembered fondly & lovingly. Rest in Peace.

Virginia Jacob Dec 29 2017 12:00 AM

Jim, Margi, Alice & Family,We offer our sincere condolences for the loss of your Mother. She enjoyed a long, full life and left you all with so many memories to cherish. With deepest sympathies, Tom & Sandy Bauer

Tom & Sandy Bauer Dec 28 2017 12:00 AM

Mildred came into our lives when she relocated to Jacksonville so we didn't know her as long as most. However, it didn't take long for her to find her way into our hearts. I concur with all of the other wonderful comments about Mildred. What I have to add is that she always showed us how to live a beautiful life. This beautiful woman was always doing and caring. Whether it was enjoying friends and family, a good meal, a party, working on a craft project or puzzle, or keeping Gracie entertained, she was always busy with something.Even when she was so sick and nearing the end of her journey, she showed such grace and dignity. Her last words to me a few evenings before she died were, "Thank You. I love you" along with her beautiful, but tired, smile. She simply knew how to love! Memories of Mildred will remain in my heart forever. Thank you for sharing her with us! Sharon, Chuck, & Erin White

Sharon White Dec 28 2017 12:00 AM

Mildred was such an inspiration to all of us at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Rarely did she miss a Sunday, and enjoyed the fellowship time in coffee hour, especially for her birthday parties. We were fortunate to have her with us, and are thankful she was able to make her home in Florida her last years! God has a real saint in Mildred, and we have a huge loss! Sympathies to all of the family!

Merilyn Kaufmann Dec 27 2017 12:00 AM

Mildred truly set the best example of patience, acceptance, and most of all love. She always exuded a positive aura, continuously being a pleasure to be around. She proudly passed on these qualities throughout her family and anyone who was lucky to spend any time with her knew how proud she is of each of her loved ones. My daughter Bella and I are beyond fortunate to have been able to have Mildred in our lives and are forever grateful to her amazing family for sharing her with us. Heaven has a new Phase 10 champion Love always - Mike and Bella Ciero

Jax, Fl Dec 27 2017 12:00 AM

I've kept in touch with Mildred since my Mother passed away in 2006 as they kept in touch. I always looked forward to Mildred's letter that she sent in her Christmas card each year. I don't think I ever met her but knowing that she must have been a caring, loving person, just by her nice notes that she sent back to me. I send my condolences to her family and know that they have a LOT of wonderful memories to always have with them. Sorry for your loss.

Rosalie Krebs Hancock Dec 27 2017 12:00 AM