Mother Mary Louise Williams Patterson was
born in Gibson County, Tennessee, August 3, 1901 to the late Mr. Penson
Williams and the late Mrs. Betty McKnight Williams.
Mother received her early schooling in Dyersburg, Tennessee and higher education at Tennessee A & I State College in Nashville. She taught school before her marriage to Bishop W. A. Patterson on July 27, 1927. To this union six children were born. One son, Frederick Louis
Patterson died in infancy.
Mother Patterson was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost on May 30, 1915 and served faithfully in the churches where her husband pastored, especially in Humboldt, Tennessee, Holy Temple COGIC in Memphis and New Jerusalem COGIC in Detroit, Michigan. At Holy Temple, she served as Sunday School Superintendent and organized its first youth choir. She served diligently for many years as Sunday School Superintendent for the Youth Department at New Jerusalem COGIC in Detroit and also as president of the Mother's Council. Her life was devoted to serving mankind.
Mother Patterson departed this life at 11:50 P.M., Saturday, May 30, 1981 at Methodist Hospital South, Memphis, Tennessee.
Bishop W. A. Patterson, Jr. went home to be with the Lord in 1988.
Her son, Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson of Memphis, three daughters,
Mrs. Mary Alice Hawkins, Mrs. Lee Ella Smith of Memphis and Mrs. Barbara
Jean Davis of Detroit lives to carry her memory and legacy on.