MILDRED ARLENE CORNELIUS YOXTHEIMER PATTERSON
SANTA FE - Mildred A. Patterson went to her eternal home in heaven to be with her Savior August 31, 2020 at the age of 94.
She was born on September 30, 1925 to Spencer T. Cornelius and Inez Buchanan in Bradford, PA of Bolivar Drive. After graduating from Bradford High School in 1943, she immediately went to Washington D.C. where was employed as a Clerk Typist and Fingerprint Technician with the FBI.
On April 8, 1944, she married the love of her life, Russell S. Yoxtheimer of Cyclone, Pa and they moved to Texas City, TX where they resided for 33 years. Together, they created a beautiful home and family and dedicated their lives to serving the Lord and their church. Upon retirement in 1986, they moved to Nacogdoches, TX where Mr. Yoxtheimer passed away June 5, 1992.
In January 1995, she married Arnold “Dale” Patterson of Bradford, PA. and they spent 15 years together traveling between Texas and Pennsylvania visiting family and sightseeing in their 5th wheel. Mr. Patterson passed away in October 2010 in Whitney, TX.
Mildred has always been a member of the Church of the Nazarene in several cities in which she lived, including Bradford, PA, Texas City, TX, Nacogdoches, TX, Stephenville, Tx and Whitney, TX. She was very active in each church by teaching Sunday School, Leading Children’s Church, playing piano, church choir and held many offices such as church treasurer. Her faith was number one in her life and led many people to the Lord. Mildred was a true Christian example to which everyone could see.
In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother/grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Mildred enjoyed playing piano by ear, singing church hymns, entertaining family and friends and even strangers, in her home with enough food to serve an army. Hospitality was her true gift and so many called her “Mom” because of how at home they always felt when around her.
Mildred joined and rejoiced in Heaven with her parents and husbands; her eldest son, David S. Yoxtheimer of Fort Worth, TX,; daughter in law, Pebble D. Yoxtheimer of Stephenville, TX; great grandson, Jacob Said Ghriri (in infancy); three sisters, Ruth Drummond of Bradford, PA, Louella Jordan of Florida and Evelyn Cornelius (in infancy); three brothers, Victor “Vic” Cornelius of Kane, PA, Clifford “Kip” Cornelius of Bradford, PA and Richard “Dick” Cornelius of Rew, PA; step son, Kenneth “Butch” Patterson of Omaha, NE; step daughter, Brenda Campbell of Carrolton, OH; previous son in law, Donald Close of Oklahoma City, OK. Numerous beloved nieces and nephews and 8 Angel great grandbabies she never met, but loved and believed they would be waiting for her in heaven.
Mildred is survived by daughters, Donna (Jim) Murray of Oklahoma City, OK , Chrystal (Steve) Mattison of Santa Fe, TX, son Tommy Yoxtheimer of Vidor, TX; step daughter, Sandra (Gene) Northrup of Snow Creek, VA; step son, Mark Patterson of Rocky Mount, VA.; grandchildren, Darla (Juan) Ibarrola of Paraguay, Dayna Close of Shawnee, OK, Terry (Kristy Bunnell) Yoxtheimer of North Richland Hills, TX, Clinton D. Yoxtheimer of Stephenville, TX and Darrin (Courtney) Yoxtheimer of Clovis, CA.; great-grandchildren, Anthony (Ashlee) Ibarrola of Kingwood, TX, Israel Ibarrola of Paraguay, Jedidiah and Savannah Yoxtheimer of Clovis, CA.; great-great- granddaughter, Aspen Rae Ibarrola of Kingwood, TX,; sister in law, Karol Johnson of The Villages, FL.; previous daughters in law, Connie Williams of Santa Fe, TX and Margo Price of Nacogdoches, TX.; grandchildren and great grandchildren by love, Cassi (Christopher) Harrison and Hayden, Hunter and Kylie Harrison of Brenham, TX.; numerous beloved nieces and nephews, that she thought of as her own children, and many wonderful friends.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene, 211 SE Stallings Dr, Nacogdoches, TX 75964 on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Greg Johnson of Whitney, TX officiating. Private family burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Nacogdoches, TX.
Flowers can be sent to the church one to two days before service or Memorials can be made to any of the above mentioned Nazarene Churches in her name or to the SPCA.
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