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Mildred Cecil Patterson

Memorial for Mildred Cecil Patterson

Born in Hillsboro, Texas on Dec. 29, 1919
Departed on Oct. 3, 2009 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Oct. 9, 2009
09:00 am - 8:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009
11:00 am
Cemetery: Cook Walden Memorial Hill
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Mrs. Mildred Cecil Patterson was born December 29, 1919 in Hillsboro, Texas to Julia "Jimmie" & Samuel Shelton, the youngest of 6 children. The life of this gentle spirit, devoted homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother came to a close on October 3, 2009.

Mildred graduated from Peabody High School in Hillsboro, Texas in 1938 where she was a fierce competitor of all sports: basketball, track, and volleyball for which, she was instrumental in leading the teams towards many victories.

The Shelton Family was a well known musical family. In the 1930's, Mildred and her 3 sisters Myra Bell, Sammie, and Netta Mae formed a successful gospel singing group called, "The Shelton Sisters" accompanied by her brother H.D Shelton. They were recognized in Black Texas Women, a source text by Ruthe Winegarten, for having one of the first successful African American Gospel Radio Shows in the 1930's in addition to spending many hours working in the family businesses in Hillsboro.

Mildred was a faithful member of Ebenezer Baptist Church where her husband, Roy was the founder and director of the Ebenezer Church Band. She was a strong supporter her husband's career as an educator and director of the Kealing Jr. High School Band.

Mildred was a woman of elegance with a soft spoken demeanor and those who knew her will always remember her wit and comical ways of expressing herself. She was a natural caregiver of children of all ages and like a mom to many of the children in her husband's bands, neighborhood kids and friends of her children. Mildred's care and concern for the well-being of others carried over to Govalle Nursing Center where she was a resident and fondly called, "Granny" by staff. Mildred strongly felt that her purpose was to care for others and share with those who cared for her the importance of caring for family.

Mildred married the love of her life Roy L. Patterson (deceased) in 1942. They were blessed with 3 adoring children: Myra Glover (deceased), Albert Patterson (Helen) and Jacque Patterson-Holmes and faithful son-in-law Calvin. She also leaves to cherish her memory: Grandchildren: Paul Patterson and Anjie Patterson (Austin, TX.), Traci Patterson, Kedric Patterson (Kenya) and great granddaughter Kori (Houston, TX.), Sister Myra Bell Sims (Hillsboro, TX) and a host of other nieces, nephews and extended family members.

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