Rose Faye Patterson

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March 11, 1933 ~ March 12, 2024

Born in: Cyril, Oklahoma
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Rose was born in Cyril, OK on March 11, 1933. She moved with her parents William “Roy” Lamar and “Linnie” Lamar to Anadarko, OK. She graduated from Anadarko High School in May of 1951 and attended Bethany Peniel College, now known as Southern Nazarene University (SNU), in September 1951. After graduating from SNU on May 24, 1955, Rose married Vester Patterson on June 3, 1955, settling in Abernathy, Texas. In August 1977, Rose and her family relocated to Arlington, Texas, where she lived the rest of her life.

Rose taught in the public school system for 25 years, instructing students in grades 1 through 12 in a variety of subjects including music, journalism, and photography. Rose taught every Sunday School class in the church. One man, who attended the college class at Mid-America, after sitting under her teaching said, “That was the best Sunday School teacher I ever sat under”.

Rose served as church pianist in the Nazarene church for 40 years. She taught private piano lessons for many years. Rose was very active in her community serving as president of the Arlington Music Club, president of the Arlington Story League, and president of the Encore Club.

Rose served the Lord for over 86 years becoming a Christian at age 5.

Rose went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, one day after her 91st birthday. Rose was preceded in death by her parents William Roy & Linnie Lamar, her brothers Elzie Lamar, Walter Lamar, Wallace Lamar, and her sisters Ola Mae Walker, Doris Steverson, Joyce Davis.

Rose is survived by her husband of 68 years, Vester Patterson; her son Lynn Patterson & wife Susan, grandchildren Lea Patterson and Luke Patterson; her son Merle Patterson and wife Lorrie, grandchildren Meghan Hearnz, Rachel Patterson, Paige Kassam; her daughter Lisa Newman and husband Terry, grandson Ryan Newman, granddaughter Heather Jones & husband Travis, great-granddaughters Annabelle, Haven, Kinley, and grandson Matthew Newman.


Public Viewing: March 19, 2024 12:15 pm

Arlington First Church of the Nazarene
1301 W. Green Oaks Blvd
Arlington, TX 76013

Funeral Service: March 19, 2024 12:30 pm

Arlington First Church of the Nazarene
1301 W. Green Oaks Blvd
Arlington, TX 76013

Graveside Service: March 19, 2024 2:00 pm

Moore Memorial Gardens
1219 North Davis Drive
Arlington, TX 76012

(817) 275-2711

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  1. Rose was a teacher at Morton Elementary School when I joined the faculty in 1986. She was first of all a great lady. She was a great teacher and friend to her fellow faculty members. She cared about her students and fellow teachers. She was special to all of us at Morton.

  2. So many memories, it’s hard to zero in on them. Since we just live about 45 minutes from their current home, Phil & I have had wonderful, fun times with Rose & Vester. Broken bread with them many, many times; played hours of 42 (My story is that my partner & I were always the winners! 🤣), met them at the lake a few times, etc etc. Did you know that she was the first & the best slalom skier in the family? Even in her 80’s, I believe!!! Rose, you will truly be missed, honored & loved, so much!!
    Phil & Lajuana Grindstaff (Wylie, TX)

  3. Rose & Vester have been there for us SO MANY times. First ones on the scene for us – when we had to take daddy (Vester’s brother) to the hospital with a heart attack & died the next day. When we had mother’s 100th birthday party at our house. When Phil suddenly had to have open-heart surgery, they were there to help me walk through the beginning decisions of that process. Rose was a comfort & source of emotional strength for me to draw from.

  4. What a beautiful lady…wish I could have gotten a chance to have met her. Prayers and blessings for the family ❤️

  5. Rose was a beautiful lady & I especially remember how beautifully she played the piano at church for many years!

  6. I’m so sorry for your loss. Rose left a wonderful legacy. I’m sorry I couldn’t be at the service.

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