THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Mavis L. Patterson
Issue Date: May 31, 2017
Mavis Lucille (Pauls) Patterson, 89, of Peshtigo passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at home surrounded by family.
She worked at Morely-Murphy Wholesale House as a bookkeeper, the Eagle Star in sales and education reporter and as a census taker for the 1980 census. She helped in gaining civil rights for children with disabilities before Federal Law was implemented to provide equal education to handicapped children. In the 1970's she traveled to Madison many times to lobby for children's rights and went to meetings and conferences throughout Wisconsin speaking for the benefits that she knew were necessary for all children and also started the Parent Helper Program. She served with Bart Starr in Green Bay on the board of Community Service Center and organized the first dance for disabled children.
She volunteered as a lector at the Crooked Lake Chapel and organized social events for the communities where she lived in. A joyful, loving, generous and humorous person, she always had a joke to tell, loved time with family and friends and enjoyed Bridge, Cribbage, golfing, tennis and dancing.
She is survived by her best friend, husband of 66 years, Don Patterson; three children, Craig, Laura (Maye) and her friend, Mike Keller and Carolyn and partner, Daniel Lintereur; a sister, Joyce Hurkman-Mummert; a brother, Chet Paul; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Laura (Parins) Pauls; a sister, Bette King and a brother-in-law, Johnnie Foxgrover.
Visitation took place at St. Mary Catholic Church in Peshtigo on Tuesday, May 30 from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass at 11 a.m. Entombment was held at Nicolet Memorial Park Cemetery in Green Bay. Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home of Peshtigo assisted the family with arrangements.