February 2, 1934 - September 8, 2018
After a courageous battle, a gem among gems, Emily Beth Christian Patterson went to be with the Lord and her beloved husband on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Ever positive and joyful, Emily lived a rich life, full of love and warmth. She was loved, admired and treasured by all those who knew her. Emily was kind, spiritual, intelligent, wise, well-read, a world traveler, an accomplished musician and teacher, and a wonderful mother and matriarch. A school music teacher and later piano teacher, she could not have been more loved than by her students and their families. She loved and supported her church and warmly welcomed all who entered its doors. Above all, Emily loved the Lord and people of all walks of life. Her family is in awe of how loved she was by the many people she touched during her 84 years.
Emily was born on February 2, 1934, in Decatur, Texas, to Ray Fletcher and Alma Sims Christian. She earned her high school diploma from Vernon High School in Vernon, Texas.
On June 21, 1952, Emily wed the one and only love of her life, Rev. Dr. Leon Bell Patterson (Dr. Pat). Emily and Pat, who were married until his passing on January 22, 1993, were blessed with three children: Keri Lynn Patterson Lenoir, Denise Patterson Tomlinson and William D. (Bill) Patterson. Emily was survived by her three children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Emily’s grandchildren are Megan Lenoir, Michael Lenoir, Danielle Tomlinson, Ryan Patterson, William D. (Will) Patterson II (married to Meghan Houston Patterson) and Christian Moore Patterson (soon to be wed to Celine Van Hoye). Emily’s precious great grandchildren are William D. Patterson III (Will’s son) and Hannah Robinson (Christian’s daughter).
A life long lover, student and teacher of music, Emily earned a Bachelor’s of Art in Music Education from University of North Texas in Denton, Texas; and a Master’s in Music Education from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. At an early age, she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and from that time forward, cherished, honored and spread the word of her Lord through her music and the way she lived her life. Dr. Pat was the minister and Emily was the preacher’s wife and pianist for Trinity Baptist Church in Kerrville, Texas for 20 years. She was a member of the choir at Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas for 25 years. Emily taught music in the public elementary school system in Grapevine, Texas, and after her retirement gave private piano lessons to numerous youths until just a few months before her death.
Emily loved traveling and was able to visit numerous states and countries over the years with family and friends.
Emily maintained an amazing number of long term relationships from all phases of her life. As those who knew her will attest, Emily’s love for life and happiness, and her infectious joy in music, nature, intellectual pursuit and comedy will continue to shine eternal as she takes her place with her Father in heaven.
A memorial service will be held in Emily’s honor at Royal Lane Baptist Church, 6707 Royal Lane, Dallas, Texas 75230, at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 16, 2018.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Music Ministry at Royal Lane Baptist Church.
Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
1820 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, Texas 75061
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