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Marian Patterson

July 14, 1920 — July 3, 2014

Marian C. Patterson, 93, of El Paso, passed away at 11:29 a.m., Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.

She was born July 14, 1920 in Buckingham, IL to William and Elsie (Johnson) Havener. She married Ray M. Patterson on October 15, 1940 in Minonk, IL where Marian grew up. Ray passed away on October 9, 1978.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, sister Genevieve Walls and brother William Havener.

Surviving are her children; Sharon (Bud) Malcom of El Paso, Janet (Bob) Hunsaker of El Paso, Sally (Loren) Armstrong of Tulsa, OK, Dr. Laura Patterson of El Paso, Mary (Larry) Liesman of Atlanta, IL, Raymond (Deb) Patterson of El Paso, IL; one brother, Richard Shelby of Minonk, IL; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Marian and her husband farmed in the El Paso area for more than 38 years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society.

Marian enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle, and spent many years involved with St. Mary's card club and card clubs from the surrounding area. Marian was also fortunate to be able to travel with friends as well as taking many bus excursions. For many years she also continued as a part time beautician in addition to working with her husband Ray, farming in the El Paso area. Marian enjoyed family gatherings with her children, grandchildren and their families. They were Marian's pride and joy and the source of her best entertainment. She will be greatly missed.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Paso. Father Don Roszkowski will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, at Ruestman-Harris funeral home in El Paso with Scripture service beginning at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery or El Paso Emergency Squad.

Online tributes and condolences may be made at

scripture service

JUL 7. 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)

Ruestman-Harris - El Paso
40 West Main Street
El Paso, IL 61738


JUL 7. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)

Ruestman-Harris - El Paso
40 West Main Street
El Paso, IL 61738


JUL 8. 10:00 AM (CDT)

St. Mary's Catholic Church
79 W. Third Street
El Paso, IL 61738

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