Joan Elizabeth Patterson
Joan Elizabeth Patterson, 97, of Bishop, passed away at Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop on Sept. 27, 2013. She was born on Nov. 28, 1915 in Lisse, Holland and with her family came to the United States at Ellis Island, N.Y., in 1920.
Joan lived most of her life in Southern California where she had owned and operated her own businesses and later worked for several large grocery markets as a meat wrapper. After spending much of her time in the Sierra Nevada hunting, fishing and camping, she moved from Sacramento to Bishop in 1964. In 1977 Joan married Robert A. Patterson of Bishop and together they toured many parts of the southwest United States as well as traveling to her homeland of Holland.
It’s difficult to paraphrase her almost 98 years of a very full and adventurous life. She was a caring and generous mother, great companion and good friend that always tried to see the best in everyone. Her family of brothers and sisters are since gone as are some of her children, nieces and nephews.
Until the last six months or so she would always read the L.A. Times daily and the Sunday newspaper from cover to cover.
Joan would, and could talk to you about politics, finance, and current affairs. Since I lived so far from Bishop in a remote part of the country, she would cut out articles of interest and save them until I came to Bishop or send them to me to make sure I knew what was happening in the world.
When she turned 95, I asked her what were some of the things she remembered about the world during her life. She said she thought about all the Presidents and world leaders she’d seen: about the advancements in health and such and she wondered if ALL the wars and conflicts had made any difference.
She particularly enjoyed talking about some of the things she’d done in the ’40s and ’50s; like a job she’d had in a Defense Plant during World War II, making bladders for gas tanks of P-38 fighter planes, “So when hit by bullets from other planes, the gas would not leak out.” She talked about the difficulties of driving truck loads of turkeys and chickens to her businesses in Los Angeles while still raising a family.
There were lots of stories. Too many to quote, but easy to remember during those quiet moments now when I realize she is no longer here to tell them. I enjoyed my mother and I will miss her.
I know she’d like to thank all those friends, neighbors and organizations; too many to mention, that made her life a little easier in her later years. I too thank ALL for your care and kindness.
Joan is survived by her son, Raymond Davis (Marianne) of Curlew, Wash.; grandson, Neil Davis (Allison) of Stockton; granddaughter, Leselle Davis of Yearington, Nev.; stepdaughter, Lynda Christensen of John Day, Ore. and Harriett Davis of Bishop; and her dear friend and caregiver, Chris Anderson of Bishop. “Joan loved you special.” Thank you for everything!
A date for a memorial service and celebration of her life will be set for a later date.