In Memory

Vickie Willard (Patterson)

Vickie Willard (Patterson)



 Vickie Patterson

Has Gone Home To Be With The Lord

Vickie Lynn Williard Patterson went home to be with the Lord on April 23, 2012, after a three and a half year courageous battle with cancer. Vickie would have turned 61 on September 6, 2012.  Visitation will be held Thuesday evening, April 26, 2012, at Seydler Hill Funeral Home, 606 Saint Paul St. in Gonzales, TX from 6 to 8 p.m.  Funeral Services will be held at Memorial Heights Baptist Church in Gonzales at 2 p. m. on Friday, April 27, 2012, near their ranch, where they spent much of their time.  Burial will follow the service at Waelder City Cemetery, Waelder, TX.

A memorial service will be held at the Second Baptist Sanctuary, 6400 Woodway in Houston on Tuesday,  May 1 at 2:00 p.m., (use parking off Voss) followed  by a reception in the Deacons Parlor. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Heights Grace Christian Academy, Vickie Patterson Scholarship Fund, P.O. box 2, Gonzales, Texas 78629.

Vickie was a founding member of Daughters of Liberty (DOL) in 1990, and served as President in 2003 and 2004.  She remained very active in DOL, and has been an invaluable advisor to almost every DOL president since 1990.  Vickie worked on many, many DOL events, as well as Harris County Republican Party events and numerous campaigns throughout the years. She served on the Greater Houston Council Republican Women Board of Directors in various positions, and was a recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Texas Republican Party .

Vickie battled Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). She was on her way to recovery when Leukemia became the opponent to battle. This was a secondary cancer due to the aggressive treatments for IBC. She underwent two stem cell transplants and was in recovery when the doctors discovered the re-occurrence. She and her physicians were discussing how to attack the latest challenge when she was taken to emergency two weeks ago with bacterial pneumonia.

There is no doubt that she is now in the presence of her Savior for eternity.  We rejoice with her, yet so many of us here on Earth will miss her greatly.   Vickie had many friends and one of her many gifts was the ability to ‘click’ with folks and meet them right where they were.

Vickie leaves behind James, her beloved husband of thirty-nine years; her daughter, Jayme Mason and son-in-law Richard, granddaughters Taylor and Kate; her son, Jim Pat Patterson and daughter-in-law Danielle,  granddaughters, Rachel and Reagan; her loving parents, Dorothy and Gene Willard; brother Neal Willard and sister-in-law, Cheri,  sister-in-law, Becky Pacheco and husband Jess; sister-in-law, Myrna McLeroy, and brother-in-law Frank M Patterson, and numerous nieces and nephews, who loved her dearly.  She also leaves a host of friends who will miss her exceedingly.

Please pray for her family and friends as they rejoice for her, but mourn her passing and miss her sweet presence.

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04/26/12 03:34 PM #1    

Kenneth H. ("Ken") Pearce

I remember Vickie as a HS classmate who was a happy, caring person with an impish side. The pictures of her above are, of course, her senior photo for the annual, but also one of her at play and one taken at the Specht's Store class get-together after the 2009 reunion. Vickie was unable to make that reunion due to her cancer treatments, but she was determined to attend the Specht's gathering some 8 weeks later. The last class function she attended was the 60th birthday party. Those of you who were able to make it to Specht's or the 60th know they were better events for her having been there. We grieve her loss, but are so glad she is now healed.

04/27/12 07:41 AM #2    

Cathey Youngblood (Wilson)

Vickie and I were in the same advisory all through junior high and high school as well as Lassies and several classes. She was always happy and friendly to everyone. As a cheerleader, she represented the best of MacArthur High School.I was diagnosed with breast cancer a year or so before Vickie, and as soon as I heard of her diagnosis, I gave her a call. We shared several conversations and emails regarding treatment and she always had such a positive outlook,,despite all she was going through. She will be missed.

Cathey Youngblood Wilson

04/27/12 05:04 PM #3    

Jennifer Wood (Smith)

My heart is broken to hear of the death of my BFF!!  Vickie and I were best friends from, it seemed like birth until Monday.  I am so very thankful that she is not in pain, has no cancer or leukemia but is with our Lord~(and Joe Graham.)  In fact I feel sure they're dancing on those streets of gold. I could write a book about all the fun, the antics, the sleep overs, the gossiping about everyone who wasn't in our little group of 3. (which of course included Nancy Fletcher!!).  Vickie was my Maid of Honor and I was her Matron of Honor and that really proves our deep friendship.  Through our challenges of her cancer and my Multiple Sclerosis we cried a lot but could pull each other back up with shared positive attitudes and a strong belief in God.  I'm so glad she answered that phone a while back so I could tell her how dear she is to me, how much I love her, how I'm starting to walk again and that NO ONE will ever share a friendship like ours!  What a "God-thing!  That warm 'Vickie spot' will always remain in my heart. Be positive, laugh, love, share those feelings.  Let friends know NOW before it's too late.   I thank you, Vickie, for ALL our time together.  Make sure I have a room in your mansion, Darlin'~I LOVE YOU VICKIE LYNN!!!       JenniSu Wood Smith

03/09/13 08:20 PM #4    

Nancy Fletcher (Hopper)

It has taken me almost a year to post a message about my sweet friend Vickie.  There are so many that held a special place in her heart and yours.  Memories too many to write.  As I read what Ken & JennySu wrote, our lives are just all wrapped up into one.  Vickie was so much a part of my life.  We would talk on anytime one of us was driving, catching up n anyone we had made contact with the past few weeks or months.  We laughed together, we prayed together, we lived in the same neighborhood, we had our children at the same time!  Vickie loved the Mac reunons, all of them!  She was a pure spirit and honest when you asked her what she thought.  I remember dating, guys, double dates, cheerleading, guys, college roommates, guys, weddings, guys!  Gosh we just had each other's backs no matter what, and that's where I feel so grateful she was in my life. 

BEST STORY EVER:  We were college roommates, at SWT.  Vickie was in a beauty pageant, and I applied her leg makeup so she would be tan.   Then we noticed she had a red streak up her leg.  It was blood poisoning, so once she got in the infirmary, our phone began to ring.  So like a good roommate, I began to send each caller to the infirmary, not knowing that Vickie was dating all 3 of them at the same time.   You can imagine the phone call I got from Vickie when all 3 showed up at the same time.

anyway, I loved her so much and miss her each day.  Like so many.

Nancy Fletcher Hopper




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