Myers-Reed Chapel


Lois A. Patterson

July 10, 1933March 27, 2021

Lois A. Patterson, 87, of Columbus, IN, died Saturday, March 27, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl T. Patterson in 2014.

Lois was born in 1933 to Ralph and Dorothy Pina, of Onset, MA. She graduated in 1951 from Wareham High School, where she took business classes and was a cheerleader.

After high school Lois went to work as a clerk-typist at Otis Air Force Base, in Sandwich, MA.

It was at Otis she met Carl, who was stationed there. After Carl's Air Force service, the two were married in Onset in 1957.

The couple began married life in Seymour, IN, Carl's hometown, later moving to Columbus, following Carl's career with Cummins, Inc.

In Indiana, Lois continued her government employment at Bakalar Air Force Base, in Columbus, until after the birth of the couple's son, Alan T. Patterson, in 1958.

After receiving a certificate of recognition for 10 years of faithful service, from Base Commander, John Hoff, Lois left the Federal workforce to concentrate on her vocation of wife, mother, daughter, homemaker, and friend to all who came to know her.

Whatever their address, the Pattersons were great neighbors to all. Especially close were the ones next door for years on 17th Street, the Harprings.

Through three generations, and subsequent moves, Lois and Carl maintained family-like affinity for Richard and Ruth, and their children, who grew up with Alan. And after Carl's death, Lois continued her role of surrogate grandparent to the children of those children.

Though Lois and Carl often divided the responsibilities of home life between them, the two were the consummate domestic team. They raised Alan with endless dedication, while extending their caring and loving actions to all those around them.

From the time she arrived in Columbus, Lois was a devout, attentive, and supportive parishioner of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. She attended so faithfully for years with Carl and Alan, the three became a virtual institution at Saturday evening Mass.

After Carl's death, Lois endured a series of physical setbacks, always doing her best to adapt. And along the way she maintained her concern for others.

Lois is survived by her son, Alan, of Columbus, IN; her nephew, Roland (Sheri) Pires Jr., Granite Bay, CA; and niece, Kathleen (John) Swan, of Bakersfield, CA

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her sister, Jaqueline, "Jackie" Pires, and Jackie's husband Roland Pires, Sr., of Roseville, CA.

Thank you, to Lois' nurse, Kathy, and everyone at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana for caring for Lois, body and spirit, on this journey.

Gratitude is extended to staff and neighbors at Parkside Court, Retirement Living, and to special friends, Bobbie Coers and Melodee Hand.

Thank you always, Brenda Clark, Shannon Mathewson and the rest of Lois' Care Crew, especially these past two months.

Thank you to Michael and Bonnie Harpring.

Thank you to Joe and Lisa Harpring, and to Ben Harpring and Sarah Harpring.

Lastly, thanks to everyone at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, for the support, care, friendship and prayers of the ministry team, staff, and parishioners.

In lieu of flowers, support of Our Hospice of South Central Indiana is encouraged.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, April 10, at 11 a.m. immediately following 9 a.m.-11 a.m. visitation at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church.

Attendance is subject to the church's COVID-19 protocols, including facial covering, social distancing and occupancy limitations.

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Myers-Reed Chapel is serving the Patterson family.


  • Carl Patterson, Husband (deceased)
  • Alan Patterson, Son
  • Roland Pires Jr. (Sheri), Nephew
  • Kathleen Swan (John), Niece
  • Jaqueline Pires (Roland), Sister (deceased)
  • Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her sister.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, April 10, 2021


Lois A. Patterson

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Brenda Clark

April 6, 2021

So many wonderful memories and laughter with Lois. Will never forget the prayers , laughter, the talks we shared, her advice and humor. Thank you for being such a blessing in my life. Fly high sweet angel.

Donna Weidenbener

April 5, 2021

Lois, Carl and Alan were such good friends to my parents, Paul and Golda Weidenbener. They were faithful in visiting them even after they moved to an assisted living facility in Avon. Lois had many health challenges,, but her faith sustained her through the years. Her thoughtfulness and kindness will never be forgotten.

McMullen Family

April 4, 2021

Lois was good, kind lady. We always enjoyed talking with her. We will miss her very much.

Mary Ann (Pina) Silva

April 4, 2021

Alan and Family, Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your Mom.
Although miles kept us apart, Lois was always kind to her Dad's second family. It was always a pleasure to speak with Lois
and catch up. She was a warm and loving Sister. We will meet again in the Promise of Jesus. God's Blessing, love and peace to Alan and family. Mary Ann, Ralph, Jr., Lester, James and John Pina.

Elna Hulbert

April 4, 2021

Dear Alan - Your mother's friends in Wareham/Onset , MA,
are so sorry to learn of your wonderful mother's passing .
She and I remained friends through the years after our graduation and she left the area. Lois was such a sweet and loyal friend. We last saw Carl & Lois at our 40th class reunion in MA. "Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories." May they help sustain her loved ones. Rest in Heavenly Peace, Lois. With my deepest sympathy, Lois' longtime friend, Elna Hulbert, West Wareham, MA

Dan Lanham

April 3, 2021

With our sympathies.........Dan and Jenni Lanham

Carol Potts

March 30, 2021

Allen, your mom was beautiful. You look so much like her. I always enjoyed my interaction with her. You are in our thoughts and prayers.