Lillian Elaine Patterson
Lillian Elaine Patterson (nee Christie) passed away peacefully at Brockville General Hospital on Wed., April 23, 2014 in her 82nd year.
She was born in Grantly, Ont., on March 14, 1933.
She was the only child of Donald and Jean Christie. She grew up on the family farm spending summers with her grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins on the Christie farm in Winchester Township. She attended public school at Melvin Settlement and later in Winchester.
When she was 16 she traveled to Ottawa daily to attend the Marvel Hairdressing school where she received her hairdressing license. When she was 17 she met Ron Patterson and fell in love. They were married on Sept. 16, 1950. The early years were difficult, but she was determined to make a life and loving home for her young family. They lived in several local communities, eventually settling in Cardinal where they raised their four children: Lynda, Peter, Rhonda, and Rosemary. Although she never worked outside the home, she worked tirelessly inside it. Whether sewing dance costumes for a recital, working on Brownie badges, doing her daughter’s hair, driving to piano lessons, attending hockey games, or cooking for a bake sale, she built a happy, healthy family with the perfect mix of discipline and fun. She was happiest when her home was full of the laughter and love of family. As her family grew, she extended her caring and generous nature to her daughter-in-law and sons-in-law, and their families. Every holiday and birthday was an occasion to cook that special meal or dessert for one of her family members.
As grandchildren came along, her heart grew bigger yet. Even though everyone wasn’t close by she kept them close, attending hockey, soccer and baseball games, dance recitals, school pageants, plays, and graduations or just a catch up phone call. She was thrilled in recent months to be able to hold her two great-grandchildren, and show off their pictures.
As busy as she was with family, she still found time to babysit and volunteer at the hospital doing hairdressing. She also cared for her parents in their latter years, as well as a dear aunt. More recently, she shared fun and laughter with her friends at euchre and during the daily Tim’s visits she always looked forward to.
She was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed watching hockey and baseball. She especially loved to watch the local teams like the Cardinal Pats and the old timers softball league.
For 63-and-a-half years, she shared this life and her love with her constant companion, Ron. It has been a life and love that their children and grandchildren have watched, admired, and sought to emulate. Her strong will, determination, quick wit, and big heart will be deeply missed by all her family and friends.
We love you Mom