Beatrice Patterson was a kind, generous woman who was always willing to help others, her children said.
“She was very giving,” said her son, Jim Patterson. “If you came over and admired something she had, you’d be walking out the door with it.”
Beatrice Patterson, 96, of Portage, died April 28. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Patterson.
She was a strong, independent woman who lived frugally and was willing to work hard.
“If she didn’t absolutely need it, she wouldn’t spend the money on it,” her son said. “She grew up during rough times and knew the value of a dollar and of having a good neighbor and of being a good neighbor.”
The family lived in a house that Patterson and her husband built themselves.
“She thought it was a castle,” said her daughter, Barbara Martin.
She always had a garden, and always canned the quarts of fruits and vegetables that she grew.
“I’d always leave her house with quarts of beans,” her daughter said.
Patterson loved to cook, and was an excellent baker, her children said.
“She did a lot of Southern cooking, with lots of fat and grease and stuff that tastes good but isn’t good for you,” her son said.
She loved animals, and took care of the neighborhood wildlife.
“She loved crows, and had all of them named,” he said.
No matter what she was going through, she never complained.
“She just dealt with things and went on,” he said. “She thought that if you sat down, you’d get old.”
“She was a widow for 40 years, and she was the hardest-working person you could imagine,” she said. “Everyone loved her, and she loved everybody. She was always smiling.”