Willa Mae Patterson
Willa Mae Patterson passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, April 29, 2022 in Tucson, AZ, at the age of 92. She was preceeded in death by her husband of almost 60 years, George Eldon Patterson and daughter, Sally [Patterson] Cox.
Willa Mae is survived by brothers, Charles and Nolan Coplan, and sister, Coralee Donaldson.
She is also survived by her sons, Eldon Patterson and James Patterson and daughter, Betty [Patterson]Fisher.
Willa Mae is also survived by her blessed grandchildren Audri Patterson, Shane Fisher, April Winter, Ryan Fisher, Cory Fisher, Ruth Sepala, Megan Totherow, Traver Patterson, Alan King, and Amber Patterson; and 14 great grandchildren.
She was born on December 5, 1929 in Lakeside, AZ to Earl Taylor and Lula Emily Coplan. She was the second child of 9 in the Coplan family; the nine were [including Willa Mae] Kenneth, Willa Mae, Willis, Ruby, Charles, Nolan, Bonnie, Coralee, and Martha.
Willa Mae married George Patterson on July 26, 1946. They resided in McNary, AZ and later moved to San Manuel, AZ, finally settling in Tucson, AZ, where they remained until their deaths. George and Willa Mae had 4 children; Betty, Eldon, Sally, and James.
Willa Mae loved her family. She spent lots of time over the years caring for her grandchildren who grew to love and appreciate her. She always welcomed friends and family into her home. She also loved to cook and to crochet. Willa Mae always had beautiful indoor plants throughout her home. She had a green thumb. Willa Mae was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all of her life. Willa Mae was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was friend to many over the years. She will be missed by all.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Friday, May 20, 2022 at the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – Sumter Chapel, Tucson, AZ. Willa Mae will be laid to rest in the Lakeside Cemetery, Lakeside, AZ on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:00 am.