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Bessie “Pete” Stirewalt Patterson, 83, of China Grove passed away on January 26, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center Northeast. She was born on June 26, 1930 in Rowan County to the late H.L. Stirewalt and Blanche Taylor Stirewalt.
Bessie attended China Grove High School and was of the United Church of Christ faith. She retired from Cone Mill in 1992 where she worked as a spinner. Bessie loved animals and enjoyed crocheting and making quilts. More than anything, she loved spending time with her family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Brady Keller Patterson; a son-in-law, John L. Hopkins; a brother, Gene Stirewalt; two sisters, Patsy Lee and Dorothy Caldwell.
She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Patterson Hopkins of Kannapolis, Susan Patterson Eller of Kannapolis, and Mary Ann Patterson Chapman and husband Charles of Dallas, five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
There will be a Memorial Service held on Friday January 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM at West Lawn Cemetery in China Grove at the mausoleum. The burial will follow in the cemetery.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury, NC is assisting the Patterson family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.