Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home

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Marlene Patricia Patterson

July 9, 1938June 8, 2020

It is with profound sadness that the family of Marlene (Adams) Patterson announces the sudden passing of our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and Friend to many.

Sunrise: July 09, 1938

Sunset: June 08, 2020

The oldest of 12 siblings born to the late John Sr. and Gloria Adams. Marlene was a graduate of The Chicago Academy of Millinery, a member of the Halifax Shrinettes, the Dartmouth Marshettes and a former Choir Marshall for the Nova Scotia Mass Choir.

She is survived by her Children: Carman (Stephen) Downey, Halifax, Roma Marcus (Alton), Toronto, Derek (Brother), (Nicole), Halifax, Michael (Collette), Dartmouth, Troy (Dashelynn), Toronto, Tracey (Ezekiel) Walker, Edmonton, Kevin John, New York, 16 Grandchildren, 17 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild. Brothers; Nolan, John Jr (Bubby), (Sharon) Halifax, Perry (Leslie) Dartmouth N.S. Sisters; Carla (Garry) Bernard, Dartmouth, NS, Teena Soule, Hamilton, ON, Paula, and Special sister Sandra Cole Both of Halifax, NS. Godchildren: Tanisha Adams, Marvin Baskerville, Nelson Drummond, all of Halifax. Special Niece Lois Downey, Ottawa, ON, Special sons in law David Lindstrom and Stevie Downey, both of Halifax, Special friend Marjorie Lewczak, and Special son David (Genise) Dunphy, both of Halifax, along with many loving Nieces and Nephews.

Marlene was predeceased by Husbands Harold D. Nelson and Allan L. Patterson Sr. Sisters: Gloria (Jeannie), Sandra Donaldson and Lillian Symonds (Tootie), Brothers: Derrick (Louie), Clinton, Milton (Butchie), granddaughter Vanessa Miles, and her surrogate Granddaughter Robyn (Pumpkin) Downey.

She was the cornerstone of our family and remained a tower of strength until the end. Her love surrounded all of us and we were blessed to have had her as our Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and Cousin. Her love for others showed every day of her life as she became the self adopted Mother/Aunt to many.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions there will be no Public viewing. A private family service will be held Wed, June 24, 2020, at 1:00 pm at Cruikshank's Funeral Home Halifax with Rev. Dr. Rhonda Britton officiating. Online condolences can be made to Cruikshank's Halifax Funeral Home. The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the Victorian Order of Nurses, and Northwood Homecare. Donations In memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or New Horizons Baptist Church Building Fund.


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Darcel Hart

July 3, 2020

On behalf of our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Rhonda Britton and the New Horizons Baptist Church Family,

We wish to extend condolences to the family of Marlene Patterson.
She was a warm person and her smile could light up a room.
We pray God grants you comfort and that you seek the Lord and his strength and presence continually.

Church Clerk
Darcel Williams Hart

Maxine Husbands Brown

July 1, 2020

Love and condolence to the entire family. Many fond memories we will cherish.
Prayerfully, Maxine, Doris, Yvonne
Charles Jr. (The Husbands Family)

Neil E Mac

June 29, 2020

The last decade growing close to Marlene saw us being a member of our trio I referred to as 'the three amigos' on the 4th floor of our our Seniors Manor; her life long friend Marjorie & I made up the three. We watched each others back, and were steadfast in our 'outspoken' complaints against any conflict arising involving 'housing.' Each day since "Marl's" passing, Marjorie and I ache from the fact we'll no longer hear her "Hiya love, how are you today?" each day she was home. I loved hearing the delightful tap tap tap at my apt door when Marl needed help with anything gone awry in her abode; which, I must add, was one of my absolute favourite things to do for her. My love for her heightened each time I saw her tend to concerns for Marjorie, too. Always made my day to help Marl resolve any dilemma; now, Marjorie and I are filled with sorrow and weep daily for the loss of one of our most amazing and endearing friends of our lives. Sure miss you, Marl. Shall catch up with you on 'the other side' when my time this side of the grass is done. Rest in peace, 'luv.'

Terry Grant

June 24, 2020

To the family - on behalf of Tracey and myself, deepest condolences on the passing of Ms. Marlene. Terry Grant

Deloris Boutilier

June 24, 2020

My condolences to Marlene's family, there is many. I have known her all my life and my first memory was as a child, when I was cared for at Granny Turner's and Marlene would give me advice or tell me to come in from the garage playhouse, A very positive person in my life, one I was always happy to chat with when we would meet, and many times she would be rushing to pick up her grand children, the love was always expressed. She made her mark in this lifetime,so glad I knew her.

Kyle and Pearl Patterson

June 24, 2020

Please accept or deepest condolences. She will be fondly remembered.

Pearl & Kyle Patterson


June 24, 2020

To the family of Dear Sister Marlene,

My heartfelt condolences are with you as you grieve the lost of this beautiful lady. I would often see Sister Marlene walking with in Halifax always with a cherry smile.

Have peace knowing she is resting with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. God Bless!!

Barbara Washington

June 24, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family of Marlene a dear friend to all she will be truly missed. The world was a better place because she was in it. Heaven has gained a sweet soul. I will miss seeing her on that dance floor. RIP dear soul.

Barbara Cunningham/ Washington

Beverly Dixon-David

June 24, 2020

To the Family,Sending our condolences, when I first met your Mom,there was just something about her,I know she had style,but that wasn’t it,whatever it was ,allowed me to call her Aunt Mar,,and it brought me great joy,may the memories,our gifts,our hearts receive bring great comfort ,the Lord bless you and keep you.our prayers are with you. 💕Brian & Bev

Karen Fraser

June 23, 2020

I'm so sorry my heart is filled with a lost but let us not mourn like those with no hope. She was preparing for her new home where she will be welcomed by her loved ones there