Vivian Grace Lewis Patton

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Vivian Grace Lewis Patton

April 01, 1936 - February 16, 2019

Vivian Grace Lewis Patton Services for Vivian Grace Patton, age 82, will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jordan Byrd officiating.

Vivian's family was by her side night and day until the morning she passed away, Saturday, February 16th in Jacksonville, Texas. Vivian was born on April 1, 1936, to Mary Etta Lewis and Troy Lewis in Elkhart, Texas.

Vivian Patton was so many things to so many people. She was a cherished wife, as George would reference from Proverbs 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. He entered Heaven this past April to prepare for their reunitement. She was a beloved Mom who was adored by her two children, she was a captivating muse for her two granddaughters and the best great-grandmother to her three prized great-grandchildren. To most she was endeared for her elegance of form and manner synonymous to her name "Gracie."

Vivian and George were travelers, mainly on orders of the Air Force. They toured France, Germany and a large part of America. No matter where they were, their hearts were at home here in East Texas.

Not only was Vivian the military wife of the Master Sargent George Lee Patton, she was also a leader in her own right. She was President of Sargent Wives Society of the Air Force. Vivian was also President of the Tri County Art League while living in Waco and Exhibit Chairman of Palestine Art League. Vivian was praised as an outstanding oil painter with countless blue ribbons and awards. "The Matador" and "Toro Bravo" were recognized and included in her Art Exhibit. Painting was a passion that bestowed her loved ones with the treasure of numerous portraits of family members.

Her artistic accomplishments also included the piano. Vivian began taking piano lessons in early childhood and graduated to the study of the art at The University of Texas in Austin where she majored in Music and was a member of the University Singers. She was a proud second-generation Franz Liszt student. Vivian was a soloist and accompanied numerous productions as a pianist. She taught many pupils along with producing and directing recitals. Her style displayed a vibrant strength and brilliant precision reflecting her inner light and brought forth raw emotion of the listener especially to her family at Christmas and Birthdays when she would play and sing with her family. Music was her gift to her faith, in which she devoted much time entertaining during Women's Bible Study, in addition to gracing the sanctuaries of Maryland and East Texas with beautiful hymns on the piano and organ through many years.

Vivian was an exquisite study of the English Language. A poet of sorts inventing rhymes for her great-grandchildren and corresponding with elegant penmanship, loving notes to her family and friends. However, not all of Vivian's writing may have been described to be so angelic. She was abundant in thought and accomplished in delivery therefore inciting excitement in her readers. Numerous newspapers across the country printed a many "Letter to the Editor" articles written by Vivian Patton. She had her own column for a while when living in Waco and a piece she wrote was published in the Washington Post.

She was an advocate for women's issues and a founding member of the Waco Chapter of the National Organization for Women. She took action to bring women into equality and continued to take part in the fight of Climate Change, wildlife protection and for the health of Women and Children. A humanitarian in all sense of the word.

Vivian was a serious sports fan. She loved her Alma Mater, The Longhorns. She also loved the Cowboys, Rangers, Braves and Mavericks. Vivian was strong in her faith. She was described as a "Red-Letter" Christian that was gracefully humble yet illustrious in her faith and relationship with Jesus.

Vivian Patton was preceded in death by her husband, George Patton; her parents; and sister, Viola Bisby. She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Patton Homan and husband Jim of Jacksonville; her son, George Calvin Patton and wife Bobbi of Palestine; her granddaughters, Rachael Homan Ryan and husband Stephen of Jacksonville, and Emily Patton Arce and husband Allen of Montgomery, TX; her great-grandchildren, Mason Ryan Kight and Addison Brooke Kight of Montgomery, TX, and Bowen James Ryan of Jacksonville; her brother, Jeff Lewis of Palestine; uncle, W.P. Alford of Palestine; and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

Honorary pallbearers will be Stephen Ryan, Allen Arce, Larry Schattel, Gary Schattel, Randy Apodaca, and Troy Bisby.

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3 posts

Nellie Kinson
Feb 28, 2019
So sorry for the loss of such an amazing lady. May you find peace in all your wonderful memories.
Rachael Homan Ryan
Feb 26, 2019
Gracie & I off to the polls this past Nov.
Terry Benge Wise
Feb 26, 2019
Calvin, I'm so sorry to hear of your mothers passing.