Dorothy A. (Martin) Patterson


Dorothy A. (Martin) Patterson, 94, of Franklin passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at the Indiana Masonic Home.

She was born on March 22, 1921, in Greenwood to William Nelson Martin and Lena Ilet (Westbrook) Martin.

She married Lawrence “Chick” Patterson on Oct. 13, 1940, in Franklin; he preceded her in death in 1990.

She was a homemaker and also farmed alongside her late husband in Needham Township, Johnson County.

She was a 1939 graduate of Whiteland High School, a member of Club 26 Home Economics in Whiteland, The German Club in Cape Coral, Florida, Elks Lodge in Fort Myers, Florida, and was a 50-year member of the Greenwood Order of the Eastern Star.

She also belonged to card clubs in Whiteland, enjoyed writing poetry and had written several songs.

She also loved dancing and helping others.

She attended church services at the Indiana Masonic Home.

Survivors include her son, Robert Patterson of Franklin; five grandchildren, Lisa Davis of Chicago, Michael Davis of Indianapolis, Pam Stewart (Dennis) of Bargersville, Lori Kolish (Bob) of Bloomington, Christie Newby (David) of Avon; 11 great-grandchildren, Hayden, Landon, and Izabella Davis, all of Indianapolis, Emily and Charles Stewart, both of Bargersville, Ashlyn Couch (Chad) of Franklin, Alec DeWitt of Morgantown, Anna and Abbey, both of Bloomington, Allison and Madison Newby, both of Avon; and one great-great-grandson, Alijah David DeWitt.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence “Chick” Patterson in 1990; a daughter, Sharon Caylor in 2007, four brothers, John, Dick, Harry and Ora Martin, and three sisters, Mable Stritchberry, Mary Hemphill and Pearl Smitha.

The Rev. Charles Stanley will conduct a celebration of life service at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 U.S. 31 South (Morton Street) in Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary where an Order of the Eastern Star service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Second Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Information: 738-0202.