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Mary Irene Patterson

Mary Irene Patterson, 71, of Nixa, Missouri, and formerly of Willow Springs, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

She was born on November 4, 1939 in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of Luther and Eleanor (Gavin) Fletcher.

Mary was raised and attended school in Willow Springs.

She was united in marriage to Donald Patterson, and to this union three sons were born, Donald, Jr., Danny and David. They spent most of their lives in the Willow Springs area. After Donald’s passing in 1988 she moved to Greeley, Colorado, where she lived until May of 2011 when she moved back to Missouri and lived in the Springfield area.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Donald.

She is survived by her sons, Donald Patterson and wife Debbie of Eaton, Colorado, Danny Patterson and wife Kateri of Marshfield, Missouri, and David Patterson and wife Kristine of Nixa, Missouri; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Terry and husband Leon; three brothers, Joe Fletcher and wife Dorris, Jim Fletcher, and Butch and wife Sandy. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Graveside services were at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at Willow Springs City Cemetery with Father Sherman Wall officiating. Interment was under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri.

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