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Jean (Frazier) Patterson

January 8, 1930 ~ December 9, 2017 (age 87)
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Jean Frazier Patterson

Jean Frazier Patterson of Winchester, Tennessee died early Saturday, December 9 at Southern Manor, a place she dearly loved and with people who lovingly cared for her.  She was born on January 8, 1930 to Thomas Carey Frazier and Beatrice Cook Frazier in Dover, Delaware.  She was the third of three daughters and is preceded in death by her parents and her sisters Ruth Ann Roepke and Margaret Rebecca Balascio.  She grew up in Kent County, Delaware, where she graduated from Dover High School.  After high school, she attended Beacom Business College in Wilmington, Delaware and was secretary to the Director of Conservation for the State of Delaware. 

In 1953 she married Stanley Dwight Patterson (deceased).  They then moved from Dover to Lafayette, Indiana, where they lived while he completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees.  During this time, Jean was secretary to the Director of the Purdue Alumni Association and a secretary at the Jet Propulsion Center in West Lafayette, Indiana. 

In 1963 Jean gave birth to a son, Neil Thomas Patterson and her family moved to Madison, Wisconsin. In 1968 she and Neil moved to Urbana, Illinois to be near her sister Ruth.  She worked as a secretary for both the Department of Education and the Department of Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution at the University of Illinois until retiring in 1996. 

After retiring, she continued living at Delmont Court in Urbana, after which she moved to Windsor of Savoy in Savoy, Illinois, until she moved to Tennessee in 2012. 

After retirement Jean continued to read fiction, non-fiction, and poetry and she enjoyed keeping up on current events and politics through TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines.  She enjoyed eating out with friends, spending time with family, and going to the movies.  She loved attending the annual Ebertfest film festival in Champaign, Illinois where she watched numerous films.  Jean continued to do tai chi with friends, something she started after moving to Illinois.  She also was a member of an investment club.

Jean was a member of Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church in Champaign, Illinois, where she was a long-time member of altar guild, helped with the nursery, and served on vestry.  While on altar guild, she decorated thousands of Easter Eggs (over many years) for the altar guild’s annual Easter egg fundraiser. 

Jean is survived by her son, Neil Patterson (Amy) and her granddaughters Sophia Margaret Patterson and Isabel Rose Patterson, all of Sewanee, Tennessee.  She is also survived by her nephews Carey Balascio of Newark, Delaware and William Balascio of New Castle, Delaware. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 3 at 10:00 AM at Otey Memorial Parish Church in Sewanee, Tennessee.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Episcopal Relief and Development ( Online condolences may be sent at .


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