Services for Bernice Lorene Patrick, 91, of Ada are at 10 a.m. today at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, with Bud Ross officiating. Burial will follow at Gerty Cemetery.
Mrs. Patrick died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Sterling House in Ada.
She was born Aug. 19, 1921 in Burlingame, Kan., to Chris Christesen and Florence Boruff Christesen. She graduated from Peterton grade school, Osage City, Kan., in 1935; Burlingame High School in 1938; Chanute Jr. College in Chanute, Kan., in 1941; and Kansas State College in 1943. She taught school one year at District 110 near Burlingame, Kan.
She married Thomas A. (Jack) Colbert of Gerty on March 8, 1944, in Kansas City, Kan. He preceded her in death in September 1995. She later married Henry Patrick Oct. 27, 2003, in Ada. He preceded her in death Oct. 11, 2009.
She graduated from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Medical Technology, Kansas City, Mo., in 1944. She worked at St. Luke’s Hospital for six months before joining her husband in the Armed Services stationed at Augusta, Ga.
In 1945 she returned to Topeka, Kan., to work for the Kansas State Board of Health Laboratories from 1945 to 1956. She moved to Oklahoma in 1956. She worked in the office of Dr. C. P. Taylor and Dr. E. D. Padberg for 32 years.
Mrs. Patrick was a member of Central Church of Christ and a member of the Pontotoc County Family and Community Education Group, serving as county president in 1992 and 1993. She was a volunteer in the Reach to Recovery Program at Valley View Regional Hospital and also an active member of the Chickasaw Senior Citizens program, serving as secretary and treasurer.
Survivors include two sisters, Camilla Thompson of Wichita, Kan., and Ruby Fillmore of Osage City, Kan.; two nieces, Cathy Bartlett and Sherrie Atwood, both of Kansas; her adopted family, Don and Jo Sexton, David Battles family, Don Battles family, Jerry Battles family, Doy Battles family and Henry and Patricia Perry.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; two brothers; one sister; and two nieces.
Bearers will be Jerry Battles, Don Sexton, Don Battles, Dustin Battles, Jim Battles and Shad Barnett.
Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to criswellfh.com.