She was born June 26, 1928 in Cleveland, to Ralph Gordon Hickey and Edith Smith Hickey.
She graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1946, where she was Homecoming Queen and Head Cheerleader.
She attended the University of Chattanooga where she was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity and was presented as a debutante at The Cotton Ball.
She was married to her husband of 52 years, Charles Louis “Buddy” Patten and they had three children. She was a faithful member of St Luke’s Episcopal Church since 1950 where she served in many capacities including The Altar Guild, the Episcopal Church Women, the St. Luke’s Annual Bazaar, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, EYC youth leader and was the very first female Chalice Bearer. She was a charter member of the Cleveland-Athens Cotillion and served on the Board.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Patten; her parents, Ralph and Edith Hickey; brother, William “Bill” Hickey; sister, “Bunny” Hickey Leppink, and by longtime companion and employee, Elizabeth “Woowoo” McClellon.
She is survived by her children, Lou Patten and wife, Debbie, Edie Feehrer and husband, Kelly and Janey Patten, all of Cleveland; grandchildren: Amy Beard Markham and husband, Joe, Christy Cannon and husband, Josh, James Jackson and wife, Heather, Jonathan Jackson and wife, Molly, Emily Davidson and husband, Corey, Catherine Patten, and Rusty Snyder, Natalie Ghrist, Amy McGranahan and husband, Brian, all of Cleveland; Patten Feehrer of Knoxville, Sarah Jane Moore and husband, Chase,and Charlie Patten, all of Nashville, and Maggie Patten and fiancé, Danny Schoenbaechler of Louisville, Ky; great-grandchildren: McKenzie Jane Mahan, Ashtyn Cannon, Madison Jackson, James “Buddy” Jackson, Addison Jane Davidson, Alex McGranahan and Charlotte Cannon, all of Cleveland; sister-in-law, Joyce and Bill Edmondson, Dot Patten and Louise Evans, brother-in-law, Jim Leppink and lifetime friend, Molly Corn; several nieces, nephews, great- nieces, great-nephews and other extended family members.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church with Priest Joel Huffstetler officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Buddy Patten Scholarship, PO Box 5, Cleveland, TN, 37364.
Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Patten family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.