Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1951

Carolyn Pruet Patterson CAROLYN BETH PRUET PATTERSON, 86, passed away very peacefully with her children at her side on Sept. 2, 2020. She was an Austin Artist, Wife, Mother and Grandmother. Carolyn was born in Ranger, TX on June 19, 1934 to Aileen Elizabeth Blinn Pruet & Chesley Burton Pruet. Along with her older brother Ronald, Carolyn had a wonderfully happy childhood she fondly reminisced about riding horses, playing organ & piano, participating in church activities, reading, painting, drawing & hosting the occasional tea party for her kittens. Carolyn graduated from Ranger High School in 1951 and attended Hardin- Simmons University in Abilene where she was a White Horse Rider and a music major. She soon transferred to the University of Texas where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. She loved her time at UT & enjoyed the sisterhood of Alpha Phi sorority. A real beauty, she was named to the "Most Beautiful Co-Ed" list while at UT. She later received a Master's Degree in counseling and guidance at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Carolyn met her late husband of 55 years, Dr. James White Patterson, at a Fort Worth art opening. She found Jim charming and witty, and Jim was captivated by Carolyn's beauty, grace and intellect. The two started dating, and were married in Dec. of 1960. Their son Blake and daughter Roslyn were born in Fort Worth in 1963 and 1965 respectively. After stops in Longview and Sherman, Jim, Carolyn and the kids moved to Dallas in 1968 where Jim taught at Southern Methodist University and Carolyn was an artist. In 1978, the family made their last move, settling in Austin where both Jim and Carolyn worked for the Austin Independent School District with Jim as an administrator and Carolyn as a high school counselor. The family found their church home at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church & Carolyn blessed the community for over 40 years with her artistic contributions and friendships. Throughout her life, Carolyn was very spiritual and was active in Sunday School, Bible studies, and other events; she often incorporated hymns, verses and religious themes in her artwork. When the new sanctuary was designed, Carolyn created the stained glass window for the new sanctuary. A large cross set amidst Texas hills and rivers are memorialized in the large and beautiful stained-glass window over the altar. Carolyn co-founded North Hills Gallery at the church, where she and co-curators Betty Jameson and Marjeanne Rutt have supported numerous artists through monthly exhibits open to the community for over 20 years. As a professional artist, Carolyn's work has been shown in over 90 national and international juried exhibits, where she has won numerous awards, as recently as 2017. Her professional affiliations include Signature membership in Southwestern Watercolor Society, The Taos Society of Watercolorists, the Texas Watercolor Society, Third Coast Painters and First Frontier Collage Group; she was also a member of the National Watercolor Society, Waterloo Watercolor Group, and the Society of Watercolor Artists. "Accomplished" is a word that aptly describes Carolyn. Besides keeping up a busy social and family calendar, she & Jim were both proud members of Liz Carpenter's "Getting Better All the Time" (GBATTS) singers, where they enjoyed the company of longtime Austinites and many local performances. She cheerfully gave her time to philanthropy and was especially proud to support the Settlement Home for Children and the Women's Symphony League. Somehow during all of these volunteer and creative endeavors, Carolyn found time to work as a School Counselor at Anderson, Lago Vista, and Bowie High Schools. Carolyn was an amazing entertainer, and relished every detail of throwing a party, setting the most beautiful table and ensuring the enjoyment of each guest through music, stories, wonderful food and treasured company. She loved playing games, including bridge, dominoes and lately Mah Jongg and Bunco; she was an avid reader, and was a member of the "Book Babes" book club for many years. Along with her family, Carolyn enjoyed sailing on Lake Travis on their family sailboat, The Double Dolphin. Carolyn loved to travel with friends and family to other countries, but had a special fondness for the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico. She also cherished trips to the Texas and Florida coasts with long-time friends, where she would pull out her paints and brushes and create lasting visual memories for her lucky recipients. Carolyn, known as "Mimi" by her 6 grandchildren, shared with each one of them a special, deep and meaningful relationship, playing an integral part of their lives from diapers to college as they grew up with her in Austin. Throughout her life, she was gracious and generous of spirit. She treasured spending quality time with her family and found joy in arranging trips and adventures with her six grandchildren. She never failed to make each grandchild feel special, encouraged, and thoroughly loved through memorable activities and anecdotes. Carolyn will be profoundly missed by her devoted children Blake Edward Patterson and Roslyn Caroleen Patterson Breen, son-in- law Sean Edward Breen, daughter-in-law Angie Hartel Patterson, and treasured grandchildren Connor, Logan, Ryan and Dillon Breen and Finley and Ava Patterson all of Austin. Carolyn is also survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Julian Culver and Ann Patterson, her sister-in-law Myra Sue Ice Pruet (RHS-1945), and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. She has been enthusiastically welcomed by those who preceded in death her beloved husband James White (Jim) Patterson, mother Aileen Elizabeth Blinn Pruet, father Chesley Burton (C.B.) Pruet, & brother Ronald Burton Pruet, Sr. (RHS-1945). Carolyn's family extends a sincere and heart-felt thank you to the friends who helped Carolyn continue her busy and fulfilling life in recent years. HUSBAND: DR. JAMES WHITE "JIM" PATTERSON, 85, passed away very peacefully on May 16, 2016 with his children at his side. Jim was born in Santa Anna, TX on June 22, 1930, to Reverend Joseph Isham Patterson & Caroline Anderson White Patterson. The middle of three rambunctious boys, Jim and his brothers were raised to live with faith, integrity, and a love of life. Following the church's calling, the Patterson family moved often throughout north central Texas, and Jim quickly learned to meet and befriend all those who crossed his path. He retained friendships with hundreds of friends, fraternity brothers, co-workers, and students over his 85+ years. Jim was graduated from Graham High School in 1948, then followed in his father and older brother's footsteps to attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas. At SMU, Jim had a grand time making lifetime friends in the brother- hood of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and received his Bachelor of Arts in History in 1952. He continued his education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he lived with relatives at Anchorage, the family estate, while working on his Masters in American History. Upon receiving his Masters' degree in 1954, Jim entered the military with basic training at Fort Ord, California and was stationed at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver, CO. Once out of the military, Jim began his teaching career in the Fort Worth public school system at Paschal High School. In Fort Worth, Jim met his cherished wife of 55 years, Carolyn Beth Pruet, at an art opening where her art work was being shown. Jim continued to impress Carolyn with his wit and charm, and the two soon starting dating. After marrying on December 26, 1960, Jim and Carolyn lived and started their family in Fort Worth before moving to Austin, where Jim earned his Doctorate in Education from The University of Texas in Austin in 1969. Jim was a champion for education he continued his teaching career at Austin College and then returned to SMU as a professor in the School of Education. After deciding to leave academia, Jim and his family made their last move, back to Austin, where Jim worked as Assistant Director of Secondary Personnel for the Austin Independent School District, recruiting and hiring many great teachers for the area public schools until his retirement in 1992. Even after retirement from AISD, Jim continued to support high quality education, performing teacher evaluations for Texas State University around the Central Texas area. A proud Methodist, Jim was a long-time member of Northwest Hills United Methodist Church and blessed the congregation for over 30 years with his smooth, booming bass voice singing in numerous choirs and quartets within the church and community. He was a popular and enthusiastic member of the "Getting Better All the Time" (GBATTS) singers, where he was nicknamed "THE Voice". Jim enjoyed many sports, including tennis, golf, water and snow skiing, and sailing Lake Travis. He was a formidable bridge player and relished any kind of cards, dominoes, & other games. Jim was bursting with humor, and all those who knew him will always remember special times, anecdotes and stories and if he couldn't come up with a good joke for a particular situation, he was prone to simply make one up on the spot (he was especially keen on elephant jokes!). Always the gentleman, Jim exuded kindness and dignity. He bonded with those he met, and held dear friends made from grade school all the way to recent years in medical care. He was friendly, witty, and entertaining, and owned a kingdom of wealth in his many friendships. Jim radiated joy, and blessed was the person on the receiving end of his bear hug, warm smile, and twinkling blue eyes he will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Jim was devoted to his family, and was thrilled to have his children and grandchildren living nearby in Austin some of his favorite memories were family vacations in Colorado, New Mexico, the Texas Coast, golfing (anywhere), sailing on Lake Travis and visiting relatives in Charlottes- ville, VA. Jim's family extends a sincere and heart-felt thank you to the caregivers and staff at Brookdale Spicewood Springs (formerly Emeritus), Retirement & Nursing Home Center, and Hospice Austin. Jim will be deeply missed by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn, his two children Blake Edward Patterson and Roslyn Caroleen Patterson Breen, son-in-law Sean Edward Breen and daughter-in-law Angie Hartel Patterson, and treasured grandchildren Connor, Logan, Ryan and Dillon Breen and Ava and Finley Patterson all of Austin. Jim is also survived by his brothers Joseph Redwine Patterson and Julian Culver Patterson, sister-in- law Ann Patterson and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his mother Caroline Anderson White Patterson, father Reverend Joseph Isham Patterson, brother-in-law Ronald Burton Pruet Sr., and sister-in-law Ann Cumber Patterson.