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Mary Patten

Mary Louise Patten (Thomas)

Thursday, September 26th, 1918 - Monday, February 18th, 2019
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Mary Louise Patten (Thomas) of London, passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019 at Huronview Home For The Aged at the age of 100.

Wife of the late Thomas Neil Patten. Mother of Leigh Selk (Jerry), of Bayfield, and their daughter Amanda Selk (Mark Craig). Great grandmother of Calvin and Allienna. Mother of Kathy Patten Heal (the late Mike Heal) of London and her children Tom Chatterley (Kim), Chris Patten (Laura) and Rebecca Brown. Great grandmother of Clara, Lily, Tim and Jenna. Mother of Susan Patten van Baardwyk (Mike) of Bayfield, son in law Terry Walzak (the late Janie Patten Walzak) and their children Natalie (Adam Nicholson), Jordan, Emily and Great grand daughter Andie Jane. Mary was the God mother to Mike Fitzgerald and Aunt to Ted Fitzgerald. Mary is predeceased by her sister Ruth Fitzgerald.

Mary Patten was in her one hundred and first year! She was always considered a visionary. She was the oldest living Graduate of the University of Western Ontario obtaining her degree of Bachelor's of Science and Nursing.
She was a Bridge Master, Nature and Animal lover, inspiring all who knew her. She was always accepting and affirming of the differences in everyone. She will be long remembered and sorely missed.

A private family service will take place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Thursday, February 21 with Rev. David Carrothers officiating. A gathering to Celebrate Mary's Life will take place this summer.

As Mary Patten would say, "most of all, I wish you love."

Donations are appreciated to the Humane Society London & Middlesex. Arrangements entrusted to M.Box & Son Funeral Home, 183 Broad St., Parkhill. Please leave a memory or condolence online at
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    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 2:00pm
    Mount Pleasant Cemetery
    303 Riverside Drive
    LONDON, ON N6H 1G2
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. David Carrothers
  • Interment

    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 2:00pm
    Mount Pleasant Cemetery
    303 Riverside Drive
    LONDON, ON N6H 1G2
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


Donations are being accepted for: LONDON HUMANE SOCIETY.


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Betsy Hanes & Janice Sinker

Posted at 11:37pm
Dear Sue, Mike & Family,
We are so very sorry to learn of Mary’s passing. She was a force of nature who will be greatly missed. Now she can re-unite with Aunt Doris, Uncle Jack, and the rest of the gang. Please know that we are thinking of you.
With sincerest sympathy,
Betsy Hanes & Janice Sinker

Willa Greenwood

Posted at 01:41pm
Did Mary teach the RNA program for the government about 50 years agp? I had a wonderful instructor named Patten but unsure of the spelling. Regardless she seems like an incredible lady

Janet Stevenson

Posted at 01:33pm
This message of condolence is particularly for Kathy Patten Heal. Kathy, sincere condolences on the passing of your mother whom I met at the Senior Alumni/ae Lectures a few years ago. Also, a special tribute to you for the loving care which you administered to your mother for many years 24/7. Your cooking and special care probably prolonged her life immeasurably. I don't know how you gave this care while in poor health yourself and while caring for your husband, who was also in poor health. (I'm sorry that I didn't know that he had died until this obituary.) I hope that you can take some solice, knowing that you gave support for Mary beyond the call of duty of a loving daughter.
Janet Stevenson

Truus and Sondra

Posted at 12:06pm
Our sympathy to you and your families, Leigh and Sue. We know how much you loved your Mom and how much you will miss her.
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Nicole Bullbrook

Posted at 08:44am
Mary's wonderful sense of humour and loving presence is missed by Senior Alumni and staff at The University of Western Ontario.

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