Norma Patterson, 90, Melvern: Jan. 10, 1930 – Jan. 29, 2020 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Norma Patterson, 90, Melvern: Jan. 10, 1930 – Jan. 29, 2020

MELVERN, Kan. – Norma Patterson, 90, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at Brookside Retirement, Overbrook, Kan. She was born on Jan. 10, 1930, in Olivet, Kan., the daughter of Earl E. and Mary (Elliott) Arb.

Norma had lived most of her life in the Melvern, Kan., community.

Norma taught for 41 years in elementary education. She began her teaching career at Plymouth School, a two-room rural school in Osage County. Later, Norma taught in Rice County and then at Melvern Grade School for 13 years. The last 24 years, she taught special education learning disabilities classes at Shawnee Heights School District, in Shawnee County. She held a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master of Science in Education, and Reading Specialist certification from Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia. She received a Master of Science in Learning Disabilities from the University of Kansas. She retired in 1994 and worked as a substitute teacher and volunteer in the Marais des Cygnes Valley and Lyndon schools for another 20 years. Norma served in various activities in the Melvern community.

On Aug. 3, 1949, Norma was married to RD Patterson, in Lyndon.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Mary; seven brothers, Earl Dean Arb, Orville Arb, Eldon Arb, Larry Arb, Warren Arb, Francis Arb and Donald Arb; and a sister, Berenice Hobert.

Norma is survived by her husband, RD Patterson; two sons, Jim (Lorrie) Patterson, of Ottawa, Kan., and Bill (Judy) Patterson, Lyndon, Kan.; four grandchildren, Jason (Missy) Krause, Roberta Miller, all of Lyndon, Trent Patterson, Tampa, Fla. and Ryan (Katie) Patterson, Columbia, S.C.; four great-grandchildren, Mason and Raylen Krause, and John and Jolene Green; two brothers, Dale Arb and Howard “Buss” Arb, both of Melvern; four sisters, Wilma Ambrose and Delores Ambrose, both of Wichita, Kan., Barbara Ernzen, Leavenworth, Kan., and Shirley Twombly, St. Joseph, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Feltner Funeral Chapel, Lyndon. Burial will be in the Melvern Cemetery. The family will receive friends 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Melvern Community Center or the Melvern Riverfront Park and Trails, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Condolences can be left at

The family would like to say a special thank you to the employees and management of Brookside Retirement Community.

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