Wilma Ruth Patterson

Wilma Ruth Patterson went home to be with the lord on Thursday, February 22, 2024 while surrounded by her closest friends and family. Wilma fought a long and hard battle against her cancer until the Lord called her home.

Visitation will be Monday, February 26, 2024 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Pinkard Funeral Home in Haleyville. Her funeral will be on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Burial will follow in Millstone Mountain Cemetery.

Wilma was a kind and caring mother, Mamo, wife and friend; she was a treasure to know and a pleasure to love. Wilma worked for the Winston Co. Board of Education at Lynn School for 31 1/2 years -  she drove a school bus and worked in the lunchroom until retirement. Wilma loved traveling and had seen almost all of the 50 states and Canada. While she loved being on the go, she also took great pride in doing things on her farm and homestead.  Most of all, she loved to be on her tractor, to can fruits and vegetables and planting in her garden. Before getting sick, she enjoyed playing piano every Sunday at Lynn Baptist Church and helping with various activities and Vacation Bible School. Wilma was one of the kindest women anyone could meet.  She would make sure that any person had a warm meal and a listening ear any time.  She was a friend to anyone in need. She was loving, kind,and genuine with every choice and decision she made. She took great pride in her children and grandchildren and celebrated every achievement they made and made it a point to be there during good times and bad, regardless of her own battles. There was not a person in this small town who did not know and love Wilma because of her kind and giving nature.

Above all else, Wilma had a powerful faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. The life she lived was a beautiful testament to the relationship she had with the Lord. She was the perfect example of a strong Christian woman. She had a very strong belief system and knew exactly where she was going, home to be with the Lord and to see her dear husband, Paul. Everyone can rest assured that if anyone were to wake up in Heaven, it is Wilma Patterson.

Wilma leaves behind a strong legacy and will be missed as a pinnacle of this community. While her loss will be felt and she will be grieved, she will also be remembered fondly; a lifetime of love, kindness and mercy may never be forgotten.

Wilma will be met at Heaven’s gates by her husband, Paul Patterson, parents, Ganus and Hazel Wakefield; brother, Ralph Wakefield and son-in-law Timothy Steele.

Left to cherish Wilma’s memory include her daughters, Sandra (Dale) Benford, Janice (Bill) Stults and Patricia Steele; grandchildren, Steven (Kara) Benford, Baron (Brittney) Steele, Beau (Isabell) Stults and Dylan (Katelyn) Benford; great-grandchildren, Emma Benford, Halie Steele, Aiden Steele, Tristan Richardson, Isla Stults, Hazel Stults and Maggie Stults; brothers, Donald (Becky) Wakefield and Roger (Frances) Wakefield; sisters-in-law, Kay Wakefield and Hattie Patterson; brother in law, Devan Overton and a host of extended family and friends.

See complete story in the Northwest Alabamian.
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