Elizabeth Bokop Patterson died Oct. 5, 2006, at Wallowa Valley Care Center. She was 97.
Mrs. Patterson was born on June 30, 1909, in New York City, New York to Frederick and Augusta Bokop of Defiance, Ohio, where she grew up. She attended Western College in Oxford, Ohio and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1931, with a bachelor's degree in secondary education. She was invited to visit friends in Baker City where she met and married Franklin W. Bill Patterson in 1938. He preceded her in death March 3, 1983.
Mrs. Patterson worked for T.B. Health Association, later called the American Lung Association and was a substitute teacher while raising her children. She became a full-time teacher in Latin and English at Baker High School until her retirement in 1971.
In 1991, Mrs. Patterson was recognized as the "Legacy Woman of the Year" by the Baker County Chamber of Commerce, for her half-century of work in Baker County. Among many activities she was very involved with the American Field Service Program, which sponsored foreign exchange students in Baker City. One student, Rankine from Whitley Bay, North Umberland, England, lived with the Patterson family in 1961. She also supported the Community Convert Association, where she sold memberships each year.
Her other activities included the American Association of University Women on both a local and state level, the Trail Regional Museum, the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, and St Stephen's Episcopal Church where she was an active member for over 60 years, as well as the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon. She moved to Joseph in 1998 to be closer to her daughter and family, and to enjoy the cabin at Wallowa Lake.
She is survived by her three children, William Robert (Bob) Patterson and wife Marvel of Chandler, Ariz.; John Frederick Patterson of Walla Walla, Wash. and Charlotte Williams of Joseph; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held on Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Baker City.
Memorials in her memory may be made to St. Stephens Episcopal Church or St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in care of the Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W Main St Enterprise, OR, 97828.