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Cook-Walden Funeral Home

6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Gloria Ann Patterson

July 9, 1948August 11, 2019

Gloria Patterson, 71, of Austin, Texas, passed away on August 11, 2019.

A celebration of life will be held at August 24th for friends and family.

Gloria was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 9, 1948. She graduated from Ludwigsburg American High School and attended Texas Women’s University for a year.

Gloria married Patrick on December 21, 1973. They were married for over 23 years ending with the passing of Patrick in September 1997.

Gloria was retired and living with her daughter. She helped with the kids and took great pride in picking them up from school. She was the first to hear all the news of the day. Family was the most important to her. She was willing to do anything they needed, including serving as secretary on her granddaughter’s school’s PTA.

Gloria is survived by her daughter Melissa and her husband Terry of Austin, Texas; her son Thomas and his wife Cindy of Anchorage, Alaska; 3 grandchildren, Serif and Lucas of Austin, Texas, and Christopher of Anchorage, Alaska.

Donations in her name may be made to ZACH Theatre at https://tickets.zachtheatre.org/dev/contribute.aspx She loved the theater and going with her daughter was a treat they enjoyed several times a year.

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Erin McD

August 18, 2019

One of the most difficult times in my life was when I brought home a 4 year old boy from another country to be my family. He didn't speak English and for the most part all out hated me, but we were stuck together at that point. On top of it, I was a single mom with no real experience with kids, so it was just me. Its very true when they say post partum hits adoptive parents just as hard. I felt so completely lost and alone.

It was during that time, that G offered to meet me at a "bouncy place" for hours at a time to spend time with me and listen to me while Shamma played. She was so patient as I went on and on about what I was going through and how hard (I thought) it was. I can't imagine how many times she probably told herself to hold back, but she always did. She was loving and patient and without her, I'm not sure I could have survived that time period. I miss her so much.

She always loved me like family and through that, I learned to show my little boy the same patient love (most of the time) she showed me, and I am forever and ever grateful to the kindest, most patient rent-a-mom I've ever had. G you changed my life, thank you.

Martha Libby

August 18, 2019

We met your family at Christ Church and became good friends. One of my best memories is of spending hours on our patio with Gloria and Pat just hanging out, cooking out, and enjoying a great friendship. We moved away but kept in touch. I loved seeing Gloria's adventures on Facebook, especially her positive outlook and her great love of her family. I'll miss her.

Helen Ashford-Barnes

August 18, 2019

Missy you had such a wonderful Mother and I remember her kindness and good heart. Take gentle care of yourself as you walk this grief journey. Warm hugs.