Betty Jean Patterson

Betty Jean Patterson

Wakefield, VA
06.19.1944 - 02.03.2020

Betty Jean Patterson, 75, of Wakefield, VA, passed away peacefully February 3, 2020 after a short stay in the East Pavilion at Southampton Memorial Hospital.  Betty was born on June 19, 1944 in Brooklyn Naval Hospital, New York city, during World War II.  She was the oldest child to the late Garland W. Nichols, Sr. and late Carmen Irene Portela Nichols.  She was preceded in death by her son, Roger Wilson Drake, III. 

She was raised in Courtland, VA and attended Southampton High School.  Betty worked in public safety and retired as a public safety telecommunicator for the City of Norfolk Fire & Paramedical Services; it was there that she met and, in 1976, married her sweetheart, “Capt. Pat”.  They lived in Virginia Beach for many years until retiring to their current home in Wakefield, VA.  Betty loved dogs and all animals, she was known for her affinity for taking in stray animals and helping them find good homes.  She loved her children and her grandchildren and shared her passion for animals with them.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Donald Ray “Capt. Pat” Patterson; her children, Cindy Drake Hinrichs and husband, Mike, Betty Drake Beard, Terri Lynne Drake, and Timothy Walker Drake and wife, Jennifer; grandchildren, Samuel Blount Drewry, III and wife, Ashleigh, Victoria Wilson Drewry, Megan Nicole Drewry, Alexa Erika Hinrichs, Amanda Holloman Beard, Adam Douglas Beard, Ashley Loren Beard, Dr. Jessica Lynne Wigley, Steven Owen Wigley, Jr., and Ethan Ray Drake; great-grandchild, Kayleigh, siblings, Anne Nichols Eubanks, Garland “Nick” W. Nichols, Jr., Debbie Nichols Andrezjewski, and Sandra Nichols Gardner, brother-in-law, Harry E. Patterson, Jr., sister-in-law, Nora Patterson Wood and husband Raymond, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, extended family and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home, Wakefield Chapel, with the Reverend Tommy Speight officiating.  Entombment will be held at 2:00 pm at Princess Anne Memorial Park in Virginia Beach, VA.  The family will receive friends Friday from 4 to 6 pm at the funeral home and suggests that memorial donations be made to Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department, 155 Fleetwood Avenue, Wakefield, VA 23888. The family would like to thank the staff at East Pavilion for their thoughtful care of our mother. Condolences may be posted at www.rwbakerfh.com.

 
Visitation
Start Time
End Time

R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home
11414 General Mahone Highway
Wakefield, VA 23888
United States

Service
Start Time

R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home
11414 General Mahone Highway
Wakefield, VA 23888
United States

Cemetery
Start Time

Pincess Anne Memorial Park
1110 North Great Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
United States

Guestbook

Please accept our condolences for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kent and Joyce Clark

I did not ever meet your mother but I love all you children. Please know how I am thinking of you and love each and every. Love, Donna Mc Cullough

Donna McCullough

The Wigley's extend our condolences for your loss. Betty was always very kind to me and good to my children. A donation will be made to the Wakefield Volunteer Fire Dept. in her name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Steven Wigley

Steven Wigley and Family

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.