OBITUARY

Alethea "Leedy" Patten

September 5, 1957May 1, 2019
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Alethea Elizabeth Patten, age 61, of Bowie, Maryland passed away on Wednesday May 1, 2019. Alethea was born September 5, 1957.

A visitation for Alethea will be held Monday, May 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Ascension Catholic Church, 12700 Lanham Severn Road, Bowie, Maryland 20722. A mass of christian burial will occur Monday, May 13, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 12700 Lanham Severn Road, Bowie, MD 20720. An committal will occur Monday, May 13, 2019 from 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM at Fort Lincoln Cemetery, 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, Maryland 20722. A burial will occur at Fort Lincoln Cemetery, 3401 BLADENSBURG RD, BRENTWOOD, Maryland 20722.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/fort-lincoln-funeral-home for the Patten family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 13, 2019

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, May 13, 2019

  • Interment

    Monday, May 13, 2019

Memories

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Kim Bell Schneider

May 25, 2021

She was a good friend at St. Pius X, and came to my going away party in our freshman year. The one thing I remember about Alethea was her quiet spirit and smile! I was so sad to hear of her passing. Prayers for her family!😪💗

Patrice Askins

May 23, 2019

I first met Alethea when were in 9th grade at St. Vincent Pallotti High School. We were in the same homeroom and became friends. She was already an organized person. We would laugh and joke outside of class, but with school work, she was all business. She wanted to make sure that the motley crew (including me) she was working with were not going to cause her to lose out on a good grade.

In our senior year, Alethea asked if I'd like to apply to work at NSA with her. The rest is history. We both started out as clericals. We met for lunch and compared notes, I remember when a boy named James was interested in her. He was very tall and she complained that he made himself even more conspicuously tall with his hair and platform shoes (this was the 70s after all). When he gave her a wrist watch as a Valentine's gift, she thought it was an inappropriate gift as they didn't know each other well enough. I am not sure what happened, but I never heard any more about him after that. Alethea was very proper and always talked about consulting Miss Manners. One of her favorite lines was, "If you can't say anything nice about somebody, try to be vague."

I was so happy that Alethea accepted being the maid of honor at my wedding. She gave me advice and always offered to help.

We used to meet for lunch to celebrate our birthdays and Christmas. As the years went by and our jobs took us to different buildings and locations, and It was harder to get together.

When she told me she had Lupus back in 1991, I had no idea what it was as we didn't have the internet back then. When we finally got e-mail, it became our main means of communications and she kept me up to date on all that was going on, like her niece Nicole getting a turtle.

Like so many others who knew Alethea, I feel cheated. We were supposed to grow old together, but God had other plans. She was the best friend anybody could have had and I will miss her greatly.

Fort Lincoln Funeral Home Staff

May 21, 2019

The Staff of Fort Lincoln Funeral Home wishes to express to you, your family and friends, our sincere and deepest condolences on the loss of your loved one. Please know those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one's gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, for as long as there is memory, they'll live on in the heart. (Mary Ramish)

Susan Woodson

May 8, 2019

Thank you God for sharing affectionately known Leedy with our family for 61 yrs. Thank you Leedy for taking care of the family taking care of my mother your favorite aunt Boonsey we all love you and will miss you. We know you are in heaven doing your research and will be waiting for us. Our chain is broken here on earth but we will all link back up in heaven we will see you again rest on my dear cousin.

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