Elizabeth N Patterson

F, b. 19 January 1922, d. 24 January 2011
Father*Clifton Corwin Patterson b. 30 Jun 1886, d. 7 Apr 1961
Mother*Lida L (?) b. 12 Jan 1893, d. 5 Nov 1978
     Her married name was Wallace. Elizabeth N Patterson was born on 19 January 1922. She was the daughter of Clifton Corwin Patterson and Lida L (?). Elizabeth N Patterson married William Wallace in 1945. Elizabeth N Patterson died on 24 January 2011 at age 89; WALLACEElizabeth "Pat" Paterson Wallace passed away on January 24, 2011. She was preceded in death by her dear husband, Bill, and her entire family. She was born on January 19, 1922 to Clifton Corwin and Lida Latimer Paterson in Thurber, Texas. She grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from R. L. Paschal High School in 1939. She moved to San Antonio with her family when her father was named director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. She attended Our Lady of the Lake University for one year and then transferred to Texas Christian University where she earned a BA in Art with a double minor in Psychology and Philosophy. During her senior year at TCU she was named Outstanding Art Student and also served as Art Editor of the Yearbook and Chairman of campus decorations for Homecoming. She began her post-graduate career at Joske's of Texas in the display department where she was soon made assistant manager in charge of the display windows. She was lucky that Caroline Shelton served as her mentor and became her great friend. In 1945 she married William "Bill" Brown Wallace of Llano, Texas. They were married for over 62 wonderful years. Bill hailed from a long line of retailers and they happily spent much of their married life involved in retail. In 1953 Bill took a buying job with the European Exchange System (EES) which served the post/base exchanges for the US military. Pat joined him in Nurnberg, Germany and they spent the next several years living in Germany and France. This was an exciting period in their lives and they were able to travel extensively around Europe. When a crisis occurred at the EES Pat was recruited to present fashion shows for military dependents in Germany, France, and Italy. She selected the merchandise; designed the theme, backdrops, and traveling runways; and provided the commentary for 24 shows per year. Each year her Paris show was booked during "Fashion Week" and was attended by the editor of Mademoiselle Magazine. One year she was in New York for "Market Week" and attended the Mademoiselle show only to find that the Editor had copied her show from Paris. The Wallaces left the EES when Bill became Vice-President of the International Division of Rustcraft Greeting Cards. The Wallaces then lived in Frankfurt, Germany and Wembridge, England. Pat was a lifelong Episcopalian and was especially proud to have become a representative of the Northern Convocation. She was also the youngest member of the Board of Bishop Edward Event Jones, and enjoyed participation in Church activities throughout her life, most recently as a longtime member of the congregation at St. David's Episcopal Church in San Antonio. When the Wallaces returned to the United States they chose San Antonio to be their home and Pat returned to Joske's as a wedding gift consultant and then bridal buyer. She later served as a bridal buyer for Frost Bros. Upon retirement, the Wallaces continued to travel and went to Canada, Russia, South America, and China. Pat continued to enjoy her favorite pastimes: planning parties (including designing invitations, decorations, and food) and entertaining friends. She was a graduate of the Cordon Bleu School of Cookery. The Wallaces were also lovers of Scottish Terriers and had 10 of the dogs over the course of their marriage. Pat very much appreciated the assistance provided her by Joice Wilborn. She was also especially grateful for her dear friends, Donna Pundt and Steve Harman, who could not have been better friends. In lieu of flowers, Pat asks that you remember her with a Margarita.


William Wallace b. 28 Jun 1921, d. Dec 2007