Funeral services were held Monday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church for Nellie Florine Patterson, the wife of the late Cal Patterson, who for many years was the Community Journal’s sports and food editor. She was 71.
Mt. Zion is located at 2207 N. 2nd Street. Rev. Louis Sibley officiated.
Patterson met her husband Cal while both worked alongside each other at the Milwaukee Courier.
They were married in 1976 and cherished 26 years of marriage.
She was also a court stenographer for the late Atty. Clarence Parrish, and worked at Bank One (formerly known as Marine Bank), eventually retiring from the Milwaukee Department of Child Support Services.
Patterson was also politically active, working as a poll volunteer through the Election Commission.
She and her twin sister Corine were dedicated to serving organizations focused on Breast Cancer support and research.
Patterson was also a master quilt maker whose creations were not only given to her grandchildren, but were donated to Froedert Hospital Hospice and displayed at her church’s quilting exhibitions. She also had a mastery of the Milwaukee County Transit system, with the knowledge of bus schedules for every route she might need.
Born in Milwaukee in 1941 to Whit and Izola Harris who proceded her in death, Patterson attended Lee Street School, Roosevelt Junior High School, North Division High School and Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). Patterson is survived by her children Zachary Harris, Tonya Armstrong-Harris, Glen Harris, Anthony (Yvonne) Harris, Pamela Harris, Michael (Mary) Harris, Kelvin (Cheri) Cowan, Keith (victoria) Cowan, Terrence (Vanessa) Harris, Ronald Harris, and Nathanial Patterson. She is the beloved sister of McAlister (Billye) Hayes, Mary (Willie Jr.) Seals, Curtiss (Helen) Harris, twin Betty Corine (late David) Nevels and Alberta Bebe Bradley and a loving grandmother of 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.