OBITUARY

Mary H. Patterson

Passed away on March 11, 2019
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The Reflection of Life

'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' Matthew 25:21

Mary H. Patterson was born on April 25th in Sumter, South Carolina, the youngest of three daughters of the late Annie Herriott Banks and John Herriott, Sr. She attended Lincoln High School in Sumter and completed her high school education at Girls High School in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from City College of New York and, in pursuit of her unending desire for knowledge, was currently pursuing an advanced degree at Lehman College in the Bronx.

After high school, Mary married William H. Patterson and from this union they were blessed with one daughter, Yolanda Marie. Following divorce, Mary embraced single motherhood with open arms and earned a bachelor’s degree from City College of New York. Mary later met her life partner and love, Nelson A. Vaughn, with whom she shared many years of affection and adventure.

Mary began her career in the Brooklyn Public Library System and followed her passion for assisting others into the field of Human Resources. She held Human Resources manager and director positions at Kemper Insurance, Miracle Makers Inc., and the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.

Family was an intrinsic part of Mary’s life. Her daughter, Yolanda, meant the world to her and becoming a grandmother to Logan and Cole provided endless joy and pride. Mrs. P. was “Mother” to many surrogate children. When Yolanda embraced her younger sister, Lauryn, into her life, Mary welcomed Lauryn as her own granddaughter. She generously shared love and devotion with those in her life, whether related by blood or not. Mary loved taking care of those she loved.

Mary was a devout Catholic whose faith was paramount. She was a parishioner of The Oratory Church of St. Boniface. Her commitment and love of God was unwavering and guided her path each and every day.

Mary’s smile, laughter and infectious spirit always served as inspiration to everyone she encountered. She was a beacon of light and joy in any room she entered and her willingness to provide encouraging words, levity and guidance made her invaluable to countless lives. Mary was known for her amazing character, her unwavering high standards, impeccable sense of fashion, feistiness and sharp wit. (We have all experienced “The Look.”) Her laughter and enthusiasm for life were contagious. Her friends knew that she was always available for an adventure, whether at 6:00 in the evening or 3:00 in the morning, with her famous words “Let’s Go!”

On Monday evening, March 11, 2019, while gladly assisting a friend, Mary unexpectedly departed this earthly world.

She leaves to mourn with loving memories: her daughter, Yolanda Marie (David) Soto; three grandchildren, Logan, Cole and Lauryn; five siblings, John (Lucinda) Herriott, Alexander (Claretha) Herriott, both of Sumter, SC, Leroy (Josephine) Harriott of Woodbridge VA, Jeffrey (Annette) Herriott of Savannah GA, James (Stephanie) Herriott of Roseville, CA, and Dianne (Fred) Jeter of Sumter, SC; nieces, Gwendolyn Manning Hiers and Linda Manning (Albert) Hawkins; nephew, Samuel Manning Jr.; many more nieces, nephews, great grandchildren, cousins and a host of relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Laura Manning and Anne Herriott Scott, and her life companion, Nelson A. Vaughn.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

Mary H. Patterson

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Ivan Ruiz

March 21, 2019

I loved making you smile every single day at work. Love You Mary!

Da-Wei Huang

March 15, 2019

I met Mary when she was the Director of Human Resource in Association for Energy Affordability. She was always helpful, resourceful, happy to help and a good listener. Even after I left the company, changed job 3 times and moved to Virginia, I still called her for HR question. And without a doubt, she helped and even volunteered to talk to the HR in my current company.

However, my best memory of Mary was not when she helped. It was when Weatherstripper (AEA's softball team) had that Final game against Blue Meanies, she came to cheer and then threatened to other team's xxx(es) during the game. She was yelling, jumping and (maybe) cursing a little. We unfortunately didn't win the Championship, but certainly it was a fun game.

As an engineer, it is hard for me to process when is she now. If she was doing all the right things and helping people, shouldn't she live until 2119? Is it because the other side needs her, too? Well, Mary, if the other side does exist, I hope to see you again there. Until then, I will miss you very much.

Juana Marte

March 15, 2019

Mary Patterson;
Was always there for us, helpings us to find solutions for our needs, and always sharming and understanding, she will be missed, my God embrace her soul.

Quincy Allen

March 15, 2019

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear member & friend Mary. She was active supporter of the Black Alumni Group of The City College of New York. We will miss her kind words, caring wisdom, genuine concern, and her wonderful jokes. The absence of her warming smile and laughter will indeed be noticed at our meetings and trips. May God watch over her family and friends during this time of bereavement.
- From the President, Directors & members of the Black Alumni Group of The City College of New York.

marguerite pinnock

March 14, 2019

Mary, my dear friend you will be missed. You were, spirited, full of life, industrious and loyal. Your laughter was contagious and your concern for others genuine.How fitting while on the way to help another you were stricken.
Your steadfast love and concern for your family was evident to all who really knew you.
For fifty-one years you were a faithful friend. One of the bonds of our friendship was our personal relationships with God. One phrase often spoken
"give it to God " I'm sure was heard by many.
You were a consummate business women . You dressed for success and were a success.
As a shopper you were peerless.
You were a treasure.
See you in Heaven !

Marguerite


John 3:16



Kay Stewrat

March 14, 2019

We were privileged to work with Mary Patterson, who was our Human Resources Director at AEA for the past nearly 8 years. Mary's mix of personal warmth, competence, and wisdom helped our organization and many of our staff to handle the variety of challenges that come up in the workplace and in our personal lives. Her experience and resourcefulness, and her quiet strength and good humor were real assets here. We'll miss her.
Kay Stewart, Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.

Tammy Hopson

March 14, 2019

Mary was kind enough to adopt me like one of her own when Yolanda and I met in college. Her kind and caring words and positive thoughts always seem to arrive at the perfect moment. I will miss her smile and laughter, but she will remain in my heart always.

Terry McCormick

March 13, 2019

Was so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I worked with her for many years at Kemper Insurance. Mary was such a kind and gentle woman. In the years since we left Kemper, she always greeted me with a smile and a hug. She was loved by all who knew her.We lost a great friend, but heaven gained an angel. Godspeed, Mary

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