Clydola Patterson passed away on April 3, 2020, at the Manor at Elfindale in Springfield, Missouri. She was born October 3, 1924, in San Saba, Texas. She graduated from San Saba High School in 1940 and then went to Houston to work in a military recruiting office until she enrolled in Baylor University. After graduating from Baylor University in 1947, she moved to Dallas to work for RCA. In Dallas, she met and married Doyle Patterson. In 1971, the family moved to Springfield, Missouri, when Doyle was transferred with Kraft Foods. But she always called Texas her home. In 1989, she retired from Southwest Missouri State University after working as an administrative assistant at the Southwest Teachers Credit Union, the Nursing Department, and the Speech Language and Hearing Clinic. She loved to travel and had visited all 50 states. She also traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Canada, Scandinavia, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Western Europe. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Springfield and loved to go out to eat and play games, especially Mexican Train dominoes. She also loved art, music, and theatre, and for many years attended Springfield Little theatre, Tent Theatre, Springfield Symphony, and Springfield Regional Opera. She was a kind and loving person with a great sense of humor, who liked nothing more than to be around people.
Clydola is preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Vallie Hayes; husband, Doyle Patterson; daughter, Laura Patterson; sister, Archie Beth (Hayes) Lewis; and nephews, John Patterson and Charles Tillinghast.
She is survived by her children, Paula Patterson (Steve Fisk) and James Patterson; and granddaughters, Lily and Claire Patterson. She is also survived by her brother, Arnold Hayes (Tommie); brotherin-law, Robert Patterson; nieces, Holley Scott and Beth Malone; nephews, Clyde Hayes and Robert Patterson, Jr.; and many greatnieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Manor at Elfindale, The Gardens, and Haven Hospice in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Clydola's name to the charity of your choice.
In accordance with the CDC and the Governor's guidelines to prevent further spread of COVID-19, a celebration of life for Clydola and burial in Wallace Creek Cemetery will be held at a future date.