Dorothy G. Patten
Dorothy Griffith Patten, 99, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on June 23, 2023, after a prolonged illness. She was born January 2, 1924, in Barrow County, Georgia, to the late George Hugh Griffith and Jonnie Lou Gordon Griffith. She was devoted to God and her family and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Mama Dot (as she is affectionately called by her family) is survived by daughters, Dianne Patten Sibley (Charles) and Cynthia Patten Eckley (Gordon); grandchildren, Elizabeth Sibley Smith (Neal), David Sibley (Elizabeth), Gordon Wayne Eckley (Kristen), John Eckley (Sarah), Mary Sibley Fontan (John) and Brad Eckley (Allison) and seventeen great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Maxie Patten Stancil, her sister-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Mack Isham Patten, who was the love of her life. She was also predeceased by her brother, Hugh Dean Griffith.
Dot spent most of her life in Easley. She moved frequently as a child, living in Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina. She graduated from Easley High School and Draughon Business College and remained in Easley after graduation. In addition to being an amazing housewife and mother, she worked at Roper Motor Company in her early years and later at Mutual Home Store as a bookkeeper. Dot was a member of Easley First Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher for many years, Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) president, a church trustee and helped to organize and coordinate the Intercessory Prayer Room, as well as serving on a variety of committees. She was a member of Philathea Sunday School Class. Dot will be remembered for the many notes of encouragement she wrote to those in need as part of her ministry with the EFBC Intercessory Prayer Room.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2023, at First Baptist Church of Easley, 300 East First Avenue, Easley, SC. Burial will immediately follow afterward at Hillcrest Cemetery, 2410 Gentry Memorial Hwy, Pickens, SC. The family will be gathered in the Narthex of the EFBC Sanctuary prior to the service from 2:00 PM until 2:45 PM to greet family and friends.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Easley First Baptist Church for the support that staff and members provided for many years that made our mother’s life so meaningful. We are also grateful to special friend, Faye Hendrix, and other neighbors for the love and care they provided that allowed Mama Dot to remain in her home for many years. In addition, we also want to recognize the staff at Generations of Irmo who provided care in her assisted living apartment for the last two years, as well Lexington Medical Center / 7th Floor staff in West Columbia and Lexington Community Hospice House staff for the love and care provided during the last month.
Memorials may be made to Easley First Baptist Church, 300 East First Avenue, Easley, SC 29640 or the Alzheimer’s Association.
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