Elizabeth “Betty” Patterson

Elizabeth “Betty” Patterson, loving and devoted mother, went to her eternal Heavenly home to our gracious Father on December 4, 2023 at Hospice Home of Hope with family by her side.

Betty was born on March 2, 1929 in Fond du Lac, the daughter of the late Henry and Marlea (Boland) Fox. She was a Midwestern farm girl that lived on Fox Dairy Farm, the eldest of eight children. Betty was wise beyond her years and learned about work and taking care of family at a very young age.

She attended St. Joseph’s grade school and St. Mary’s Springs Academy for one year at which time, her mother fell into extremely poor health. At the tender age of 14, Betty left high school to care for her younger siblings. This began a lifetime of advocating for family through the hardships and challenges of life. Betty later attended Moraine Park Technical College and proudly received her High School Equivalency Diploma after her children were adults.

Betty met Edward Patterson while singing for a wedding in Lakeside Park and fell in love. On September 30, 1950 they were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fond du Lac and started a family. They had eight children, two of whom returned to our Heavenly Father as infants. Edward and Betty owned Dog ‘N’ Suds Drive-in Restaurant.

Betty was a homemaker when Edward passed away unexpectedly in 1972. Betty was left to raise six children and also stepped into the role of owner/operator of Dog ‘N’ Suds with a steep learning curve. Betty did all she could to care deeply and provide for all her children. Her life-long priority was her faith and her love for her family. She always reassured her children and gave them the faith-filled example that God is with us and to rely on Him to carry us through the joys and challenges of life.

Betty loved to sing. She was a member of the Sacred Heart choir, Fond du Lac Women’s Civic Chorus and the Red Hat Chorus. All that visited her home growing up heard her sing. That singing brought joy to family by filling many of her children’s and grandchildren’s homes with song. Despite hardships in her later years, Betty’s singing continued to bring joy to others as she sang to fellow struggling residents at her assisted living facilities.

One incredible challenge Betty experienced was mourning the loss of a son alone, separated from her children during Covid. Still, she remained faithful to her Heavenly Father.

Betty is survived by her five children Dennis (Sandra) Patterson, of Fond du Lac, Sue (Terry) Skinkis of New Berlin, WI, Patricia (James) Burns and Barb (Jeff) Fellers both of Fond du Lac and Michael (Maneka) Patterson of Frisco, TX, daughter-in-law, Pam Patterson. She is further survived by 18 grandchildren: Christian, Kelly, Katie, Ed, Tracy, Andy, Jenni, Tim, Ryan, Jamie, Rachel, Joseph, Lindsay, Haley, Brian, Caitlin, Mihir and Ariv, 22 great grandchildren, one great grandchild and one great-great grandchild arriving in 2024, sister Joan Coyle and many special nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband Edward, infant children Joan Mary and Brian David, son Jim Patterson, siblings Patricia Colton, Henry Fox Jr., Jeanette Koehn, Robert Fox, David Fox and infant Ruth Ann, special nieces Kathy Coyle, Lisa Colton and special nephew Kevin Koehn.

SERVICES: Betty’s family invites relatives and friends to Holy Family Catholic Church, 271 Fourth Street Way, Fond du Lac on Monday, December 11th at 3:00 p.m. for a time of visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 5:00 p.m. She will be laid to rest next to Edward in Calvary Cemetery the following morning.

In lieu of flowers, Betty’s family asks that you consider a donation to Hospice Home of Hope, Ronald McDonald House or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.