Nancy J. Patten, 63, passed away surrounded by her family at her home after battling Alzheimer’s disease for several years.
She was the oldest daughter of Gordon and Miriam Stone Haug. The Haug family immigrated to the United States from Norway in the early 1900s.
She was born and raised in South Dakota and graduated in 1967 from Central High School in Aberdeen, S.D., before moving to this area in the early 1970s.
She accomplished her lifelong calling of becoming a registered nurse in 1989 when she graduated from Cleveland State Community College. She worked at Bradley Memorial Hospital in the newborn nursery and on 4North for more than 15 years before working in the intensive care units at both Cleveland Community and Parkridge Hospitals.
In 2004, she received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from East Tennessee State University, where she graduated with highest honors. She was most proud of the high level of care she provided to her patients. Many of them would stop her while out shopping and profusely thank her for the superb care she provided to them and their loved ones.
She enjoyed spending time at home with her four children and her many pets. She also enjoyed the holidays, working in her yard, sitting out by her pool, researching her family history, antiquing, sewing and talking on the phone to her friends and family. She was a passionate animal lover and rescued many dogs and cats. She loved traveling, especially to New Smyrna Beach, Fla., where she had hoped to relocate after retirement.
She is preceded in death by her father, Gordon William Haug; and countless beloved pets she adopted throughout the years.
She leaves behind four children to cherish her memory: Amy McGranahan and husband, Brian, Catherine Patten (Rusty Snyder), all of Cleveland; Maggie Patten and fiancé, Danny Schoenbaechler, of Louisville, Ky., and Charlie Patten of Nashville; one granddaughter, Alex McGranahan; sisters: Laura Greenleaf of Austin, Texas, and Debbie Williams of Nashville; and one brother Stephen Haug and wife, Stephanie of Austin; she is also survived by her close family friend, Marsha Goodwin; several nieces and nephews; and numerous other extended family members and friends.
The family would like to extend appreciation for the loving care provided by Hospice of Chattanooga, Signature Health Care, Clare Bridge, Alexian Brothers Valley, and Dr. Daniel Vance.
The family will hold a private memorial service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church officiated by the Rev. Dr. Joel W. Huffstetler.
The family will receive friends at the family residence on Sunday afternoon, March 3, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either the ARK of Cleveland or the “Love Nancy” Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, c/o Alzheimer’s Association, 7625 Hamilton Park Drive, Suite 22, Chattanooga TN 37421.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Nancy or your personal condolences to her family by visiting her memorial website and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Patten family with these arrangements.