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Obituary for JOYCE MARRIETTA PATTERSON
Joyce Marrietta Patterson, of Baltimore, MD departed this life peacefully on Saturday, April 9, 2016 with her family by her side. Joyce was one of ten children born on February 13, 1944 to the late Herbert and Verna Louvina Johnson in Calvert County, MD. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Susie Porch and her husband, Edward; four brothers, Amos, Thomas, Herbert, and Archie Johnson and a special friend, Patricia Watts.
Joyce was affectionately known as “Ma Joyce, “MJ”, “Lucy”, and “Shorty”. She graduated from Brooks High School and attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, MD. She was united in marriage on February 8, 1964 to Leon Patterson and together they had four children. Joyce was a dedicated employee, having worked at General Motors and for the United States Postal Service, and spent most of her career working for Horizon Foods in Baltimore, MD.
She always had a positive attitude, a great sense of humor and a warm and gentle spirit. Joyce enjoyed sewing; and was extremely good at it. She was also fond of reading, and was most happy when she was spending time with grandchildren and her family.
Joyce leaves many fond memories to cherish to her husband, Leon Patterson; three sons, Leon, Jr., Marcus and Davy Patterson (fiancée, Sylvia Carter); one daughter, Nina Patterson; 13 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; three brothers; Louis (Juanita) Johnson, Gerald Johnson, and Gregory (Sheila) Johnson; one sister; Vera Gray; one uncle, Glen (Eliza) Foote, four aunts; Collette Turner, Thelma, Ruth and Teresa Foote; one brother-in-law, Clifton Patterson; three sisters-in-law, Elizabeth and Regina Johnson; Sonya Savage; a host of loving nieces and nephews, extended family members, including Michele Patton and other relatives and friends.