Jayne Ivey PattonMarch 26, 2017
Jayne Ivey Patton, Age 93: Her spirit passed over, on March 26, 2017, into the open arms of her life’s sweet loves. She is home in the house of the Lord.
The youngest child of Augusta and C. B. Ivey, she was born May 17, 1923, in St. Augustine, FL. Her formative years were spent in the heart of the Hastings family farm community, with her beloved older sisters, Miriam and Kay, and her best dog Bennie. Despite hardships of the Depression, this was a time of indelible happiness, which sustained fond memories through her final days of Alzheimer’s.
Following graduation from St. Augustine HS and an Associate Degree in Business from Winthrop College, she worked in the secretarial unit of the Charleston Naval Yard. While there, the Fates arranged a chance meeting with Theodore Ernest Patton, a young chemical engineer, who became the love of her life. They were devoted to each other for 66 years, raised two children and helped care for three elderly parents and a grandchild.
Jayne and Ted lived in North Asheville for 52 years and were an integral part of the Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church family. They shared a deep faith and served their church in numerous ways. In appreciation for her contributions, Jayne was a recipient of the GCPC Woman of the Year award.
After spending time as a devoted mother and homemaker, she worked as Office Manager for Asheville Pediatrics on McDowell St. Then later, she took the position as secretary for the Presbytery of WNC, in service to her church community.
Jayne was a member of PEO and very active in many of their fund-raising projects. She and Ted were also strong supporters of the Presbyterian Home for Children and invited children from the Home to come and stay for weekends.
She was a wonderful cook and an authentic people-person, always sending cards, visiting, baking and doing something special to help family, friends and befriendeds. When her nest emptied, she invited so many people to visit – often to provide support and comfort - her family renamed her lovely home the “Patton Bed and Breakfast”.
She touched our lives by walking a life of faith, service and forgiveness and will be lovingly missed.
A private graveside service will be conducted for the immediate family.
She is survived by her children, Gerald and Fran Patton of Asheville, Marilynn Bynum and Michael Dojka of Weaverville, two grandchildren Luke Beddingfield of Swannanoa, Andrew and Catherine Hodges of Jacksonville, Fl, two nieces Jan Phillips of Rock Hill, SC, Beverly Hall of St. Augustine Fl, a nephew B. G. Thompson of Tampa, Fl and an adopted nephew Dr. James Phillips of Rock Hill, SC , and seven great-grandchildren.
For those who desire, please send gifts in Jayne’s memory to Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804.
Condolences can be made to the family at www.ashevilleareaalternative.com