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Pauline (Polly) Patterson Memorial
Pauline (Polly) Patterson Memorial

Pauline (Polly) Patterson

Pauline (Polly) Patterson

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Pauline Marie (Polly) Patterson

Born January 9, 1931 – Died April 7, 2019

Polly was born in Port Angeles, Washington to L.R. (Spud) and Lenore Hartman.  They moved to Everett when mom was four, where she lived for most of the rest of her life.  Mom attended Washington Elementary (now Washington Oakes) for one year, and Immaculate Conception School where she graduated in the 9th grade.  She then attended and graduated from Everett High School, and attended Washington State University for two years.  Mom worked in the banking industry for one year before returning to finish her degree at University of Oregon where she met her future husband, Mark T. Patterson.  Mom and Dad married on July 14, 1956 and shared more than 62 years together.

Mom and Dad lived together in Germany for one year after they married while dad was in the army.  Mom returned to Everett just in time to give birth to her son Mark II (nicknamed Pete – spouse Carmen).  Two years later, Kathy was born (spouse – Tom Webber).

Mom worked as a med tech, at Providence Hospital and the Blood Bank.  She also worked as a bookkeeper for dad’s law practice.

Mom had many interests including quilting, crossword puzzles, reading, and getting in the car to go anywhere.  Mom had a discerning eye, and made a beautiful home for us.  She loved to try new recipes, and we all benefited from her love of cooking.  Mom always made our holidays special, especially Christmas.  An avid collector, she and Dad amassed a collection of over 500 blown-glass Christmas tree ornaments.  They had a 14’ tree just to accommodate all of the ornaments, and we spent many happy times as a family decorating.

Mom and Dad travelled extensively, both nationally and internationally.  Their trip on a river cruise ship in Russia was a highlight of their travels.  They also visited Italy, Holland, France, Belgium, Turkey, Morocco, Mexico, the Panama Canal, New York, New England, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Hawaii just to name a few.  Mom truly enjoyed each trip she took, and came home with many tales and treasures.

Mom also loved her volunteer work at the Immaculate Conception school library and at the St. Vincent de Paul food bank.  She loved her friends and belonged to many social groups including the Everett Women’s Book Club, her monthly quilting group, bridge club, and Wednesday coffee group at Sisters.

Mom leaves behind her husband, Mark; son, Pete and daughter-in-law, Carmen; daughter, Kathy and son-in-law, Tom Webber; grandchildren, Rachel Patterson (Washington D.C.), Amy Patterson (Seattle), and John Patterson (Lynnwood) as well as many brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00, Monday, April 15, 2019 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2619 Cedar Ave., Everett.  A Rosary will be recited at 10:30, before Mass.  Share your memories of Polly and sign the online guest register.


  • Gayle Lindrblom

    Mark, Pete, and Kathy…….so sorry to hear this. I met your Mom and Dad in the late fifties when I started working as a highschool kid in the lab. Your mom was a true mentor to me in the lab business……for which I am most grateful. She got me through Organic Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, and Freshman English! I remember many hours on Saturdays when we werent busy in the lab and your Mom would explain litetature pieces to me………Ode on a Grecian Urn in particular. She believed in me and encouraged me on my quest to become a Medical Technologist. I struggeled, but, finally graduated in 1967 from PLU and worked in the profession until retirement in June of 2016! I remember telling her and thanking her for her encouragement and mentorship in one of our long conversations and she just replied “I knew you could do it!” I learned so very much from her! I will miss her advice, greatly appreciated! on life….whether it be on child raising or “you two take a vacation!” .
    My condolances to you all! Loved her Christmas tree, too!

  • Don and Anita Hutter

    Mark, Pete, and Kathy, our prayers are with you. Remember the wonderful good times you had together and know that all of you are loved. God bless

  • Jerry Tucker

    Hi Kathy, Pete and Mark, Sorry for your loss. I enjoyed meeting and getting to know Polly when we worked on selling the office. Thinking of you all from a fellow Duck. Jerry