ANNICE M. PATTON

GOWRIE – Annice M. Patton, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the Gowrie Care Center. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, Gowrie, with Pastor Annette Kruse officiating. Burial will be in the Gowrie Township Cemetery. Friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Friday at the Palmer Funeral Home in Gowrie.

Survivors include her children, Janelle (James) Willis of Aplington; Robert (Nancy Vogt) Patton of Gowrie, Scott (Deb) Patton of Nevada; grandchildren, Stephanie (Jeremiah) MacAdam of Baltimore, MD; Jason (Brenda) Willis of North Liberty; Jared (Allison) Willis of Ames; Madaline and Haileigh Patton of Nevada; great-grandchild- ren, Bailey Zdebski, Noah MacAdam, Rowan MacAdam; Ally, Drew, Tana, Makenna, Colin, and Kyla Willis; brother, Allan (Lucille) Bonde of Algona; sister-in-law, Joan Bonde of Fort Dodge; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Preceding her in death are her parents, Harry and Dora (Nielsen) Bonde; husband, James in 1999; brothers, Gerald, Gaylord and Burton; and sister, Beryl Davis.

Annice was born on December 12, 1923 to Harry and Dora (Nielsen) Bonde on a farm west of Rutland, Iowa in Humboldt County. She was a 1940 graduate of Bradgate High School. Annice was a graduate of Tobin Business College in Fort Dodge. She worked as a secretary for the Fort Dodge Water Department and Brady Moving and Storage. Annice married James C. Patton on July 7, 1946 at the Gowrie Methodist Church. To this union they were blessed with three children: Janelle in 1947, Robert in 1949 and Scott in 1959. After serving several years as the secretary to the pastor at the Gowrie Methodist Church, Annice began her 23 year career as secretary to 7 different principals at the high school in Gowrie, retiring in 1988. She later assisted in the family business “The Gowrie News”.

Annice was a devoted wife and mother. She delighted in attending family functions. Interacting with her 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren provided special times for her. Traveling was one of her favorite activities. She enjoyed being in 49 states, just missing visiting the state of New Mexico. She also traveled twice to Denmark, the land of her grandparents. She served her community faithfully as an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a Cub Scout Den Leader, and Camp Fire Girls Leader. In her church she was actively involved in the women’s groups as well as being a Sunday School teacher. She ended her journey on earth after a life she considered filled with blessings.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.