Betty  (MacMurchy) Patterson

Betty (MacMurchy) Patterson

Thursday, April 30th, 1925 - Sunday, April 12th, 2020
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Patterson, Marion Elizabeth ‘Betty’

Betty (MacMurchy) Patterson (nee Caron) passed away peacefully at Sunset Manor Collingwood on Easter Sunday April 12, 2020. Betty was predeceased by her loving husband William ‘Bill’ Patterson and son Ian MacMurchy and his wife Nina. She will be remembered as the loving mother of Paul MacMurchy and his wife Carol and John MacMurchy. Forever cherished nana to Sarah, Jennifer and Laura MacMurchy and Abby McCarthur and loving grandma to Sam, Ben, Kate, Jane and Effie MacMurchy; great grandmother to Leah, Chyna, Tyson, Bennett, Hailey, Nina, Zoey and Charlie. She is survived by her brothers Don (Pat) Caron and Ed (Judy) Caron. Predeceased by sisters Louise, Virginia and Denise and brothers Paul and John. Although small in stature Betty had an inspiring strength in her love of family and in the adversities she endured. When age slowed her physically, her inner strength continued. Betty spoke and dreamed of reuniting with Bill, the love of her life. God willing, that dream has become reality and their dance continues. Cremation has taken place and no formal services will be held. Donations in memory of Betty may be made to a charity of choice.
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Julie Goldsmith

Posted at 11:51pm
To Betty's family - I am so sorry for your loss. I lost touch with Betty once my father passed away. (Bill). She was so kind and loving I'm sure you already know that. The short time I knew her I could see how much she loved my dad and people in general. It is just by change I was trying to contact her. I am so sorry.

Nlee Johnston

Posted at 03:23pm
First things first, my sincerest condolences to Paul, John and the loves of her life. I know that losing a mother, a sister, a grandmother and a great-grandmother isn’t easy. When our loved ones live their whole life in full, we begin to expect that they will always be there. Betty will, but in a different way. The conversations are still two sided only now in our heads and hearts.
All the pictures I have of Betty are those that live in my mind. My memories of her live in my heart. You see, unlike a lot of other children, that I grew up with, I had a Godmother.
Yes, Betty was my Godmother. The day of my arrival on this earth, my Dad walked (no car) from our house at the corner of Campbell and Maple up to Betty’s on Fair. We didn’t have a telephone yet. Betty did. He made the trek several times before Betty took pity on him and made him spend the rest of the night on the couch. Apparently it was more than a blustery day as well that early March morning.
Betty filled the bill as a godmother perfectly. Even Walt Disney could’t come up with a better godmother. Betty was small but she was also the epitome of good things coming in small packages. Her laugh was infectious and could brighten the dullest of days. And yes, I did experience the odd occasion where her eyes sparked when things happened that shouldn’t have. It always amazed me that such brown eyes could do that.
When I spoke to Betty, she really listened and made me feel that what I had to say mattered. A rare quality in many people these days.
Although Betty has passed from us, your lives will continue on with the love and gifts that she shared with you. I consider myself fortunate to have had someone like Betty on my own journey through this experience we call life.
Nancy (Mason) Johnston

Paul MacMurchy Posted at 06:58pm

Thank you Nancy for such a beautifully honest tribute! You said it all. I have been told many wonderful stories of the Masons and MacMurchys from that era Paul

Patti Livingstone

Posted at 02:28pm
Dear Paul and Carol - was very sorry to see that your mother has passed away. I always remember how much she and Bill enjoyed the Patterson Family reunions. Our most sincere condolences.
Steve and Patti Livingstone

Donald Wilcox

Posted at 08:36am
Deepest sympathy from Dianne and myself. Betty worked closely with me when I was with the E=B and she also was a great friend of Jason our son. We are so sorry to hear the news and may she rest in peace.


Posted at 09:35am
At this sorrowful period in your life, please accept my sincerest condolences for the death of your loved one.  Reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you hope and strength to keep going until all of God's promises are fulfilled. (John 5:28, 29; Romans 15:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17).

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