usmail, 2114 County Street 2470, Hydro OK 73048
I am a fifth generation Oklahoman, the third generation in my family to attend the University of Oklahoma. Like my parents, my husband and I met and married while studying there.
I hold three degrees, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Dakota, a Master of Arts from OU and a Master of Science in Education from Texas A&M International University. I was valedictorian of my high school graduating class, maintained a summa cum laude average in college work and am a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After teaching for seven years on the college level in Iowa, we served for 17 years as Evangelical missionaries in Latin America, that is, Colombia and Mexico City. I have now taught 26 years in public schools in Texas and Oklahoma. We returned to Oklahoma City in 1997. The Oklahoma State Department of Education has certified me as “Highly Qualified” in five areas.
Language and literature, as well as history, have always been my favorite subjects. I am fluent in Spanish and have taught French and Biblical Greek. My favorite writer is Jane Austen, followed closely by C.S. Lewis. I enjoy early American and European history and have given presentations on King Philip’s War, textiles in colonial America, how to locate the service records of your Revolutionary War ancestor, the importance of rivers in America’s past, and the history of the Mayflower. My longtime hobby is genealogy; I have researched many of my own and my husband’s ancestors and currently help others prepare necessary documents to prove direct descent from one of the passengers in the Mayflower in 1620 or from a patriot of the American Revolution.
I am the proud mother of three and grandmother of twelve, two in Oklahoma City, two in Texas, seven in California, and one in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Two have graduated from college, and number twelve came to her family from an orphanage in China in August 2016. I am a member of the Oklahoma Society of Descendants of the Mayflower, the Daughters of American Revolution, the Associated Daughters of Early American Witches, the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge, the First Families of the Twin Territories, and the ‘89ers Society. I was recently accepted into the National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots.
My husband and I moved to the family farm in Hydro several years ago and are enjoying the rural life. I commute to Oklahoma City, while Dr. Patterson now works on car restoration and reads about all things western. I am a 10-year breast cancer survivor, and it is 32 years since my serious bout with earthquakes, typhoid fever and hepatitis in Mexico City.