Avis Warthan Patterson
Services: Have been held.
Avis Warthan Patterson, 93, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at her home in Albuquerque.
She was born on Jan. 10, 1912, on the family farm and ranch in Red River County, Texas, to William Robert Warthan and Margaret Ann Clenny. She was raised there and graduated as valedictorian from Avery High School. She attended Paris Junior College and graduated from East Texas State University. She was an accomplished pianist and, organized and led a jazz/dance band. After college, she taught in Oak Ridge, Avery, and Big Spring, Texas schools and married Henry Buckner Patterson in 1937. She moved to Clovis in 1946 and taught at Pleasant Hill and Texico until her retirement in 1977. Before moving to Albuquerque in 2002, she resided in Clovis and enjoyed traveling. She was proud to have taught a college president, a professor at Texas A&M, three ministers, one banker, many successful farmers, and one Fulbright Scholar. Friends and family said she could still knock your socks off with her renditions of “Deep Purple” and “Wabash Blues.” While residing in Clovis, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Bobby Dale Patterson (and wife, Patricia) of Warrenton, Va.; a daughter, Patricia Ann Bigham (and husband, Ross) of Albuquerque; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; three brothers, Carl, Herbert and Clarence Warthan; and her sister, Mary Warthan Roberts.
The Rev. Veronica Greanead and Kevin Donohue will officiate the services.
Memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Warthan Cemetery Association, C/O Sam Buzbee, P. O. Box 36, Bagwell, Texas 75412.