Evelyn Shirley Patterson
On September 29, 2019, after an extended illness, Evelyn Shirley Patterson, 83, of Grants, New Mexico went home to be with her Lord Jesus and her beloved family. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends and lots of love.
Born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts, Evelyn loved the ocean, seafood, swimming and the pool, as well as spending time with her family. Moving to New Mexico with her husband and family, she spent more than 60 years in this area. Her love of children led to her working as a teacher for more than 25 years, touching the lives of her students with her understanding and concern.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Clarence, two sons Rick and Randy, as well as three daughters Robyn, Melissa and Laurie. She will also be fondly remembered by her nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and her sister Dolores Senra.
Her memory will be cherished and kept alive by her family and friends, as well as all those whose lives she touched with her kindness and compassion.
A private service will be held by family and close friends.
"Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened" - Theodor Geisel
Special thanks to Dr. Stacey Dimitt, MD and Nicole Ramirez, LCSW and the staff at Cibola Family Health Center, Debbie Erickson RN and Maria Gayle CNA and the staff of Compassus Palliative Care & Hospice, the staff at Parkhurst Pharmacy and Direct Cremation & Burial Services, who treated her with such respect and dignity on her final earthy ride, and to our wonderful friends who never left us for a moment to suffer alone.