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Louise Patterson

March 14, 1927October 14, 2020

Louise Smith Patterson, 93, of New Bern died October 14, 2020.

Her life was dedicated to her family and her church. She was a member of the Village Chapel Presbyterian Church in America. She loved the Lord, and over the years she served many roles within the church, setting an example of caring and contribution. She was a skilled crafter creating quilts, blankets, dolls/toys and a lifetime of clothes for all. She was an avid reader and passed that love on to her children. She and “Pat,” her husband of 53 years, enjoyed the Neuse River, boating, fishing and crabbing. She was a wonderful cook, and we will remember her meals, especially her seafood dinners. She loved and enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her joy in family will live through her children.

Louise is survived by her children and their families. Her one daughter Doris (Frank); her two sons, William (Esther); and Allen (Joyce); seven grandchildren, Ben Tillman (Allison), Will, Grant (Madison), Anne, Faith, Jennifer, and David Patterson; two great-grandchildren Lily and Cora Tillman.

There will be a family service at Greenleaf Memorial Park on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Norm Evans presiding.

The family requests that you remember Louise through contributions to your church, family, and community.

Arrangements are made by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory.


  • Funeral Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020


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Dorothy Almaraz

October 19, 2020

Aunt Louise was somewhat of a mother figure to myself and my sister growing up in NC. She loved and cared for us deeply. I personally spent many times as a child at Uncle Bill and Aunt Louises house in New Bern visiting. Aunt Louise gave me a love for reading and cooking. I most remember her gift of story telling. She could make you feel like you were there, just as if it was all happening and unfolding while she spoke. I have so many fond memories and I loved her so much! I am sad I cannot make The funeral. I love you all deeply and am praying for peace and comfort during this time.

Doris Patterson Tillman

October 16, 2020

Mom lived a full life and she will be missed. I will be at the service in spirit but because of Covid I am physically staying in Maryland. Thank you all for the kind words, thoughts and prayers. They are much appreciated.

Skip Jonas

October 16, 2020

Dear Doris, Frank, and the Patterson & Tillman families -
Our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother and family matriarch. As friends, we send thoughts of love and sympathy during this difficult time. Words are a small salve for such a significant loss. Share stories of good times to keep her memory alive.
In sympathy, love, and friendship,
Skip & Tricia


October 15, 2020

As a child, my family would go visit Aunt Louise often as we lived in the same town. I stayed with Aunt Louise and Uncle Pat for about a week once and she taught me how to make 'homemade' mac and cheese. Still make it to this day and always give Aunt Louise credit for how good it is. Even though I lost touch with her as I got older and started my own family, I have a lot of fond memories of Aunt Louise. She will always have a special place in my heart.


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