Children Honor Patterson at Open House
No only were there five generations attending the Aubrey Pattersons’ golden anniversary open house on Sunday, but the occasion marked the first time in 14 years that the couple’s eight children had all been together.
The open house was held from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Patterson home in Munford. The couple exchanged their vows on July 23, 1927, in Covington and spent the first 25 years of their marriage in Memphis.
“The second 25 years were spent in Tipton County,” said Mrs. Patterson.
Honoring their parents were Mrs. Garland Cole of Isabells, Mo.; Mrs. Maurice Pruitt of Stewart; Mrs. Tomas San Jose of El Salvador; Mrs. William Noland, Mrs. Jack Lawrance, Chester and James Patterson of Memphis and Mrs. Elbert McDaniel of Ft. Huachuca, Az.
The last time they were together was Christmas, 1963.
Wearing a blue polyester crepe gown with georgette cap and beaded front, Mrs. Patterson greeted guests at the front door. Her corsage was a white double orchid.
The register table, decorated with gold and white daisies, also held a money tree. The gold-sprayed limbs were adorned with various denominations of green bills.
Another money tree containing $52 was brought to the couple as a gift from the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 380. Delivering this was Mrs. John M. Crigger Jr. of Munford.
Assisting with the guest register was Jennifer Noland, a granddaughter.
In the dining room, the serving table was overlaid with white lace and centered with a gold candelabrum arrangement of gold and white daisies. Serving the three-tier cake, which had been made by Mrs. Buford Simmons of Simonton, and the punch were Tani San Hose, Roma McDaniel, Diana Lawrance and Trina Patterson, granddaughters.
Among the almost 200 guests were Mrs. Mae Joyner of Memphis, Mrs. Patterson’s mother; William Arthur and W. F. Joyner, her brothers, and Mrs. Earl Rhea, her sister.
Also there were Hernand Delgado of Colombia, Central America, and several Memphis State University classmates of Miss San Jose who are from El Salvador, Roxana and Ligia Rosales, Luis Ariles and Anthony Toppeto.
As an anniversary gift to each other, the Pattersons purchased carpeting for their living room.
Members of the Munford Assembly of God Church, they have 28 grandchildren. Mr. Patterson is retired from Patterson Termite Service.
[The Covington Leader, Covington, Tenn., July 27, 1977]
— Shared by Roma McDaniel Howard