Jane Patterson

Jane Patterson

Sunday, January 27th, 1935 Saturday, March 27th, 2021

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Obituary for Jane Patterson (Brodnax)

Allene “Jane” Brodnax Patterson, age 86, passed away March 27, 2021 in West Newbury MA surrounded by the love of family. Jane was born in Springfield, IL on January 27, 1935 to Sally “Allene” Holcomb and Benjamin Brooking Brodnax. Jane would describe her childhood as idyllic, living on Lake Springfield, attending a one room school, and then moving to Sullivan, IL where she graduated as salutatorian of her high school class. Jane went on to attend the University of Illinois where she earned her BS and MS in education. In 1955 she married Hugh M. Davison and had three children. In 1971 she married William W. Patterson, and they were blessed to be together for 50 years.

Jane never knew a stranger and made friends easily. A natural hostess, Jane loved to entertain. Throughout her life she was willing to open her home to friends and family, earning the nickname, “Gracious Jane.” For the past 16 years, Jane and Bill enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida, providing accommodations for all who would visit, cooking delicious meals, touring folks around the area and always willing to play a round of golf. Jane pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Illinois and remained an active alumni throughout her life, holding positions on boards in various states and making friendships that enriched her life and the lives of others. Jane gave of her time at her church and in the community. She used her education background serving as the Director of Christian Education at Oxon HiIl United Methodist Church, and was an active member and served on several committees at Main Street United Methodist Church in Nashua, NH where she and Bill lived for 40 years.

A supporter of the arts, Jane served on the Nashua Gift Shop Board for the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and especially enjoyed volunteering her time at the shop. She was active in the Nashua College Club for many years, raising money for scholarships for local young women. In the process, she developed relationships with many local business owners who provided advertising for an annual charity concert featuring a number of performers over the years. She also served on the Nashua Review and Comment Commission advising the city on the distribution of its charitable dollars.

Jane’s greatest love was her family and she is survived by her husband William W. Patterson; her three children Debbie (Clinton) Brown, Hugh (Paula) Davison, and Gail (George) Bukow; seven grandchildren Casey Davison (Chris Jennewein), Shelby (Isaac) Heath, Ben Davison, Sara (Matthew) Ta’ufo’ou, Preston (Ashley) Brown, Kylie Bukow and Tristan Bukow ; and four great-grandchildren Anistyn, Levi, and soon-to-be born baby girl Heath, and Roux Ta’ufo’ou.

SERVICES: Visitation will be 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Friday, April 9 at Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua NH. Due to Covid protocols, masks and social distancing will be required. A private Celebration of Life Service will be held at Main Street United Methodist Church in Nashua, NH. Interment, where all are welcome to attend will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 10, Oak Hill Cemetery, 50 Parker Street, Newburyport MA.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, 154 Main Street, Nashua, NH 03060 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Davis Funeral Home (walk-through)
    1 Lock Street
    Nashua, New Hampshire
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    Friday, April 9th, 2021
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Due to Covid protocols, masks and social distancing will be required.
  • Interment

    Saturday, April 10th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Oak Hill Cemetery
    4 Brown Street
    Newburyport, Massachusetts
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    Saturday, April 10th, 2021

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Claire Pettegrew, Kathy Baldridge, and other have sent flowers to the family of Jane Patterson (Brodnax).
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Claire Pettegrew, Kathy Baldridge, and other have sent flowers to the family of Jane Patterson (Brodnax).
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Ann Ackerman

My condolences to Bill and Family. Jane was a great role model. Her kindness, leadership, and giving nature was special. I enjoyed working with her in College Club and Review and Comment.
Sincerely, Ann Ackerman
Comment | Posted at 04:34pm via Condolence

Carolyn Ekle

I have many dear memories of conversations and times together with Jane at church. She always noticed the furred 4 pawed presence and greeted with joy. To which Prince, gave her his finest paw pumps of gratitude.I'll always remember her generous and kind spirit. Love Carolyn Ekle
Comment | Posted at 03:12pm via Condolence

Rita McPherson

I was very saddened on hearing of Jane's passing. Jane was a wonderful person and she will be missed. I have so many fond memories of Jane (and you Bill) the super bowls at Ellenton, the get-togethers in Florida, the bi-monthly suppers in Nashua, the Christmas parties with our Rise friends at your house with Jane's beautiful decorations and on and on. Memories are forever.
To you and the family I extend my deepest sympathies, my love and prayers
Comment | Posted at 10:16am via Condolence

Claire Pettegrew

With heartfelt condolences,
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Kathy Baldridge

Bill and Family: Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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