On Nov. 19, 2014, Quincy resident Edna Patton passed away peacefully at the age of 90 at Moses Lake. She was surrounded by family.
Edna Maxine Wilson was born in 1924 in Wilder, Idaho, to Zeb Wilson and Marcella Wilson (née Viaene). She was the fifth of seven children. Edna grew up during hard times on farms in Idaho and in Eastern Oregon. At the age of 16, she married Clayton Patton in February 1941. They were married 72 years.
In 1943 she gave birth to Linda, and in 1946 she gave birth to Ron. Her temperament was to focus on her family: husband and children and later grandchildren. She loved children and children loved her.
In 1950, they sold their farm and moved to Quincy, where Clayton became the youngest John Deere franchise owner in the United States. In 1963, Clayton bought into a Seattle grain trading company and moved to the Seattle area. As Clayton expressed his entrepreneurial nature by successive businesses, they moved from Edmonds to Bellevue to Ellensburg to Fife to Boise to Auburn and back to Bellevue. Each move they bought a successively nicer house, and she started over again with decorating, organizing and making a new home, always with enthusiasm and good cheer.
In 1993, after 30 years, they moved back to Quincy to live out their retirement years. Then, her favorite activity was driving vacations with Clayton.
She is preceded in death by her parents and all of her brothers and sisters, by her husband Clayton and by her daughter Linda. She is survived by her sister-in-law Lois Rowe; by her close nephew, Jim Patterson; by her son, Ron Patton (Roberta); by granddaughters Kelly Hobbs (Fred) and Mary Rostad (Dusty); and her grandson, Steve Reynolds. Edna had seven great-grandchildren: Michelle, Clayton and Dallas Hobbs, Andy and Randi Reynolds, and Anais and Erik Rostad. All seven great-grandchildren were together in her room during the last week of her life.
In the final years of her life, Edna was afflicted by Alzheimers. As the disease progressed she continued to love to take car rides and eat in restaurants with Clayton. Finally, after Clayton’s passing Jan. 1 of this year, she moved into Summer Wood Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Moses Lake, where she received loving care. The family gives special thanks to the staff at Summer Wood.
Edna will be interred next to Clayton at the Quincy Valley Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. A celebration of her life will be held later in the spring. Donations can be made payable to The Mayo Clinic, Alzheimer’s Research, Memo: In Memory of Edna Patton.
Please leave a memory for the family or sign its online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com. Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy is assisting the family with arrangements.