Wilma Patterson, 93


Wilma B. Patterson, 93, of Versailles passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Sun Coast Hospice Center in Pinellas Park, Florida. She was born at Jefferson in Green County, Pennsylvania on July 10, 1922 the daughter of William and Carra Hill Bennett. She was married to Oliver S. Patterson on September 5, 1946 and he preceded her in death on June 1, 2001. Survivors include three daughters Judy Sanders of Versailles, Janice (Roger) Skinner of Indianapolis, and Sue (Gus) Dunker of Madison; 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; one brother Ewing Bennett of Tucson, Arizona. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Robert Bennett and William Bennett, and her son-in-law Archie Sanders. She graduated from the Washington Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, Pennsylvania and was inducted into the US Army on July 1, 1944 where she rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant with the Army Nurses Corp of the 193rd General Hospital in Verdun, France. For her service in WWII she received the WWII Victory Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. She was discharged from the service on March 8, 1946 and in civilian life worked as a registered nurse at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. Wilma was a member of the Tyson United Methodist Church in Versailles where she participated in United Methodist Women’s group. She was also a member of the Versailles American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Home Art home ec club, the former Fortnightly Study Club in Versailles, and enjoyed playing bridge in the Osgood and Versailles clubs. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 16th at 11am at the Tyson United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Dixon officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles with military honors by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Saturday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Tyson United Methodist Church Endowment Fund or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.