Beverly J. Patterson

Beverly J. Patterson

Beverly J. (Baldwin) Patterson, wife of the Reverend Paul E. Patterson, died April 19, 2016 in Grand Rapids.

She was born in Lawton on April 11, 1934 the daughter of Roy and Marian (Rodgers) Baldwin. In 1942, the Baldwin family moved to Albion, where Bev graduated from high school and then attended Central Michigan University. On August 27, 1955 at the First Methodist Church in Albion she married Paul Patterson. Together they served United Methodist churches throughout southwestern Michigan until Paul’s retirement in 1990. They moved to Otsego where they spent their retirement years.

Surviving are her husband, siblings, Georgia (Larry) Bearman of TN and Rodger (Janet) Baldwin of AZ along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Polly Colwell and Evelyn Buckenberger.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A graveside service will take place Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 12:30 P.M. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Lawton with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Contributions in memory of Beverly may be made to Hospice of Michigan or Clark Retirement Community of Grand Rapids.

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  1. Jeanne & Ken McCaw says:

    We have so many good memories of time spent with Bev and Paul in several of their churches, at Annual Conference, in pastor-support groups, in their Otsego home…We were saddened to see her slip away from Paul and all of us. Her laughter and hospitality will remain in our hearts. May God grant peace, mercy and full-life.

  2. Cheryl Bistayi says:

    I send this with warm memories and gentle hugs…

  3. Fred and Nancy Douglas says:

    Dear Paul — Our deepest condolences on Bev’s passing. She was truly a partner for you over the years and a good friend to many including us. The recent years have been difficult, with health problems, but we’re know your faith and hers never faltered. We hope to see you soon. Shalom. Fred and Nancy

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