Velma Orleta Patterson

CENTRALIA — Velma Orleta Patterson, 94, of Centralia passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Green Tree Memory Care in Mt. Vernon.

She was born on March 12, 1924, the daughter of Fred and Eula (Baldridge) Schultz in Ashley. She married Herbert Patterson on January 25, 1980 in Centralia.

Survivors include her devoted husband, Herbert Patterson of Mt. Vernon; precious step-daughters, Beth Ann Quick and husband Steven, of Mt. Vernon, and Tina Vonderheide and husband Paul of Arnold, MO; loving siblings, Fred Schultz Jr. of Tamaroa, IL, Ima Jean Walker of Union, MO, Leora Price of Benton, and Janice Miller of Wood River; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Patterson was preceded in death by both her parents, Fred and Eula Schultz; her step-daughter, Debra Lynn Patterson, sister Helen Hyde; and brothers Charles and Ervin Schultz.

Velma was a member of the Calumet Street Christian Church in Centralia. She called the Centralia area home and was employed with the Illinois Central Railroad. She also enjoyed ballroom dancing.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Hillcrest Memorial Park with John Willis officiating.

Memorials may be made in Velma’s honor to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family at and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.