Violet I. Patterson, age 88, of Tecumseh, passed away Feb. 1, 2011 at home. Violet was born July 9, 1922, in Jackson, Mich., the daughter of Samuel DeWaters and Hazel (Burleson) Yax. On March 23, 1940, she married Orlo Cheever and on July 29, 1955 she married Samuel Patterson and both preceded her in death. Violet was a member of the Tecumseh Assembly of God Church and the Red Hat Society.
She enjoyed attending the Tecumseh Senior Citizens, the Senior Exercise Class, her gardening, bingo, line dancing, playing cards and trips. She retired from Ford Motor Company, Ypsilanti, after many years of service, Violet is survived by her children, Kathryn (Cheever) Gibson and Russell Cheever; grandchildren, Christopher (Stacy) Gibson, Christina (Joe) Murray, Troy Cheever and Shawn (Sue) Cheever; great grandchildren, Skylar, Lucas, Madelyn, and Alexis and numerous other grandchildren and great grandchildren; step children, Nancy (Robert) Phelps, Doris (Cecil) Tolliver, Paula Geesey and others and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Warren and Milo DeWaters; sisters, Dorothy Searing, Hattie Bookier and Evelyn William and three stepdaughters.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Feb. 19, 2011, at the Tecumseh Assembly of God Church with Pastor Tom March officiating. Visitation will be ay 10 a.m., one hour before the service. Burial of ashes will be in Highland Cemetery, Ypsilanti, at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tecumseh Assembly of God Church.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.pursefuneralhome.com.