Ruth Adriel Read Patterson

March 20, 1920February 1, 2019

Mrs. Ruth Adriel Read Patterson died in her sleep at the Friends Home West in Greensboro, NC, on Friday, February 1, 2019. Born in Philadelphia, PA, on 20 March 1920, she was preceded in death by her parents, Wade Harold Read (1893-1988) and Beatrice Lapp Read (1897-1975); her only sibling, Edward Wade Read (1923-2013); and her husband, F.M. Simmons Patterson, MD (1914-98).

A nurse anesthetist, she met her husband during his surgical residency at Abington Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. After their marriage in Philadelphia in 1944, the couple moved permanently to North Carolina, where they practiced medicine and reared their four children: F. M. Simmons Patterson, Jr., MD (Charlotte) of Pinehurst, NC; David Read Patterson, MD (Martha) of Greensboro, NC; John Stephen Patterson (Jessica Stanley) of Greenville, NC; and Isabelle Simmons Patterson Burbank (James) of Charlotte, NC. Mrs. Patterson is survived by seven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

A memorial service will held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 20, at First Presbyterian Church in the chapel, 617 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC and the family will receive friends following the service in the Redhead Hall. A graveside service in her honor will be held at a later date this year at historic Cedar Grove Cemetery in New Bern, NC, where she shall be interred beside her parents and husband.

The family respectfully requests that donations in Ruth Patterson’s honor be made to Friends Home West, 6100 West Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27410.

Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is assisting the Patterson family with arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • Reception following the service Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Ruth Adriel Read Patterson

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Jay Salem

February 3, 2019

Mrs. Patterson was one of the most kind, loving and caring persons I have ever known. I grew up in New Bern NC with her children.
Dr. and Mrs. Patterson's home was always open to not only me but all of their children's friends. I spent an awful lot of time at their home and they made me fell like I was part of the Patterson family. She especially liked my 63 VW.
May she rest in peace.

Jay Salem