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Cliffogene Patterson, 87 year old former Woodward resident, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 16, 2015 in the Concordia Life Care Community Center in Oklahoma City with loving family members by her side. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Tony Barros officiating. Interment will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery. Cliffogene Masoner Patterson was born January 9, 1928 in Hastings, Oklahoma; she was the second daughter born to Chas and Clara Belle (Slaughter) Masoner. She graduated as Valedictorian from Hastings High School at the age of sixteen. Cliffogene was offered a scholarship, but times were tough economically. She took a job bookkeeping and rented a room from a widow. Any extra money went back home to the ever-growing family. She loved working outdoors with her father and managed to come home on weekends to help him farm. Cliffogene loved the outdoors and eventually passed this love on to her son; she taught him the joy of fishing, a love of nature which he passed on to his family. On February 17, 1946, Cliffogene and Ebert Lewis Patterson were married at her parent’s home by her local First Baptist minister. Cliffogene, along with three very active children and pets, moved several times, early in their marriage, as Ebert’s job required transfers with out much notice. For Cliffogene, it was of the utmost importance that their children be reared knowing God; and she saw to it they did. Cliffogene believed in hard, diligent, work. She did not demand it. She thought it was what God wanted; so she expected it with love. Her whole life was centered around her family as she worked both in and outside the home. Woodward eventually became their home. It is the place the family lovingly calls “home.” All three children graduated from Woodward High School. Cliffogene and Ebert moved to Woodward in 1958. Shortly thereafter they, were partners, for a short time in The Palomino Restaurant & Steakhouse. Cliffogene then worked at the Hillcrest Pharmacy before becoming a bank teller at The Stock Exchange Bank. After Cliffogene and then Ebert retired from the Stock Exchange Bank, they spent years traveling, following grandchildren’s activities, and visiting family members. During these last years they moved to Watonga and then to Oklahoma City to be closer to their son, Pat. Cliffogene’s survivors include her husband, Ebert who lives at Concordia. On March 17th they would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. These last years were golden in the aspect of spending almost every hour together, memories, pictures, outings, being there consistently for each other became treasured realizations. In addition to Ebert, Cliffogene is also survived by all three of their children. They were the center of her life for so many years; then the grandchildren came next. She was delighted for the grandchildren when they had children of their own. These family members that she loved so much are as follows, Daughter, Linda Patterson Dobbins and Larry of Thomas, plus their children and families, granddaughter, Dr. Lorri Jo Dobbins Haggard and Lance Haggard of Yukon, great-grandson, Mack and step-great-granddaughter, Logan, grandson, Lance Dobbins and Rachel of Thomas, and great-granddaughter, Rheanna Jo and great-grandsons, Rhett and Rheid. Daughter, Donna Patterson Gibson and John of Bartlesville, and their daughter and son-in-law, granddaughter, Shannon Gibson Lorenz and Gary of Pasadena, California. Son, Ebert Lewis “Pat” Junior and Paulette (Martin) of Oklahoma City, plus their two sons and families, grandson, Chas Patterson and Keela of Cherokee, with great-grandson, Creed, great-granddaughters, Kynli and Hadli, grandson, Cole Patterson and Dr. Amber Poatterson of Oklahoma City, with great-grandsons, Braxton and Pierce. She is also survived by two sisters, Shirley Taliaferro and husband Kenneth of Duncan and Carolyn Norwood of Talala; one brother-in-law, George Battles; one sister-in-law, Deanne Masoner; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Joyce Gover and husband Howard and Wanda Battles, two brothers, Larry Masoner and J.C. Masoner and wife Trefana and one brother-in–law, Jerry Norwood. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, MS research, or the Oklahoma MS Foundation, Tulsa with the funeral home accepting the contributions. Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on  February 18, 2015
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