Carolyn Givens Patterson

Published 6:27 pm Friday, April 30, 2010

Services for Carolyn Givens Patterson, of Brookhaven, are at 11a.m., Saturday, April 31, at Faith Presbyterian Church inBrookhaven. Visitation will be held from 9 until 10:45 a.m. priorto the service at the church. Brookhaven Funeral Home is in chargeof the arrangements.

Carolyn was born in Monticello on April 16, 1931, to Sheldon James”Sheep” Givens and Helen Fairman Givens. She died of complicationsfrom Alzheimer’s disease on April 28, 2010.

Carolyn graduated with honors from Monticello High School, andBelhaven College, where she was president of the student body andselected for Who’s Who in America’s Colleges andUniversities.

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Carolyn was a lifelong Presbyterian and a member of FaithPresbyterian Church since its beginning. She sang in the choir, wasa member of the Women of the Church and served, as the only woman,on two pulpit search committees.

She was active in the Brookhaven community. She served as a memberof the board for the Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Libraryfrom 1973 until 2005, where she served several terms as chair, andspearheaded the drive for funding the library’s expansion in the1990s. She was a member of the Climbers Club, the Junior Auxiliaryand the Matinee Musicale. She was a regional representative forDesoto Camp, a camp for girls in Mentone, Ala., for 10 years.

Carolyn was an avid gardener and an artistic flower arranger whohad a special love for the native fall and spring flowers of thearea.

Carolyn and Donald Patterson married on Aug. 23, 1953, and moved toBrookhaven in 1958, where Mr. Patterson began a law practice. Theyhad been married for 56 years at the time of Mrs. Patterson’sdeath. Their union produced five children and 13grandchildren.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, Donald Patterson; her children,Pat, Peggy, Beth, Jane and Lida; and her sister Sarah Jane Alston.She was preceded in death by her sister Betty Wilson.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be sentdirectly to the Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Library at 100S. Church Street, Brookhaven, MS 39601, or to French Camp Academy,French Camp, MS, 39745.