Joan G. Patton, of Matador, born May 29, 1925 in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, passed away on April 3, 2018. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 13, 2018, at the East Mound Cemetery in Matador. Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home of Floydada.
Her parents, George and Agnes (Reynolds) Moyer, lived about 55 miles from New York in Babylon, Long Island. Joan attended school at St. Joseph’s Parochial School for eight years then Babylon High School, where she graduated. Joan’s first job was in Babylon with the New York Telephone Company as a telephone switchboard operator. Her next job, which required an hour and half ride into New York City on the train and then on the subway, was with a corporate law firm where she worked for over twenty years, achieving the title of chief telephone operator.
Joan and her future husband, William Keith Patton, first became acquainted as pen-pals through a Catholic magazine they both subscribed to. Joan came to Texas to look around and spent a week in Matador seeing the country while staying at the Newman Hotel (then on the corner of Highway 70 and Scotch St). “It sure was different from home,” she recalled.
Sometime after Joan returned to Long Island, she and Keith were married in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in her home town of Babylon, N.Y., on February 3, 1962. One of her prize possessions was a papal Apostolic Blessing on the sacred bond of matrimony for Mr. and Mrs. Keith Patton. The newlyweds honeymooned at the Statler Hotel in Washington, D.C., one of her favorite cities.
Joan and Keith made their home in Matador where Keith was a teacher for a while and later helped manage his family’s widespread interests in farming. The couple rented “Grandma “Patton’s home. “We had one rattletrap pickup, so if he needed it, I was stuck at home. But, I was proud to be Keith’s wife,” she said.
Besides their Catholic faith, the couple shared an appreciation for Native American culture, trips to New Mexico, growing prize iris bulbs, and working as volunteers in the community. Keith was a scholar in English and Spanish and was widely read in a number of subjects, (including the account of the Coronado Expedition by Castenada). Joan operated a little antique shop, The Yankee Peddler, for several years. Both Keith and Joan volunteered at the Motley County Museum, with Joan serving as a Green Thumb worker and Lay Representative for the West Texas Library System. Joan also volunteered her time as a docent to the Motley County Museum and served as a board member, being honored for 25 years of service in 2016.
Keith passed away on June 5, 2008. With her own health declining, Joan made the decision in 2016 to sell her home and move to the Matador Health and Rehab facility in Matador, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband ,William Keith Patton; parents, George and Agnes (Reynolds) Moyer; and sister, Georgia Moyer Steentofte.
Joan and Keith had no children, but her surviving relatives include her niece, Susan Watson of Zion Crossroads, Virginia; and cousins, David Keith of Matador and Charles Kieth of Georgetown; grandnephew Scott Steentofte of Virginia Beach, Virginia; grand-niece Karen Steentofte, of Fair Oaks, California; and family friend Key Vaughn, of Austin.
Memorials may be made to Motley County Senior Citizens, 621 Stewart Ave, Matador, Tx. 79244, or Motley County Library, 1105 Main, Matador, Tx. 79244
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