Mary Evelyn Patterson
8/23/1942 - 2/13/2021


Mary Evelyn Bolles Patterson, 78, passed away on February 13, 2021 at Hunt Regional Hospital in Greenville, Texas.  A graveside service will be held 2:30 PM, Monday, February 22, 2021, at Memoryland Memorial Park with Rev. Chris Yost officiating. Visitation will be 1:00 P.M. until 2:15 at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home on Monday.

Mary was born on August 23, 1942 in Houston, Texas to Richard and Kathleen Bolles. Mary graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur in 1960 where she was very active in the band and played the trombone. Mary was involved in Rainbow Girls, high school band, Future Teachers of America and numerous other organizations which fueled her passions. Mary was a voracious reader and had an adoration for childrenís books.  She enjoyed playing the piano and had a deep love for music from the time she was a young girl.   On July 20, 1963 Mary married the love of her life, James Charles Patterson in Port Arthur, Texas. Mary went on to earn a masterís degree in education from Texas A & M Commerce.  She dedicated over 40 years of her life teaching.  Mary was not only a teacher, she was a passionate educator who regarded her students and fellow faculty as family. Her devotion to her faith and family was everlasting.  Mary was a loyal member of Wesley United Methodist Church and was an active retiree.  In her free time, Mary loved playing mahjong with friends, volunteering at her church and spending precious time with family on their farm. Maryís zest for life will live on in all the lives she has touched over the years.

Mary is survived by her loving husband James Charles Patterson, son Kyle Scott Patterson, daughter Emily Kay Peters, brother Robert Bolles, sister Kay Stanford and grandchildren Danielle Patterson, James Matthew West, Thomas Andrew West, Caroline Abigail Peters, Courtney Addison Peters and Cooper Andrew Peters.

Pallbearers are Kyle Patterson, James West, Drew West, Leo Peters IV, Bobby Stovall, and Paul Patterson.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenville, Texas.

We are requesting that you limit the size of the gathering during the viewing due to concerns regarding the current health crisis. Please feel free to come and pay your respects but limit your contact with others as per recommended guidelines from the CDC. Please wear mask while inside the funeral home.


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