OXFORD -- One of Oxford's most dedicated residents will be missed by the community.
Emma Lou Patterson of Oxford died Monday at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle.
The 76-year-old worked as a cafeteria manager at Palmer Stone Elementary School for 33 years. Most recently, she was a member of the Oxford Lions Club and has served on the Oxford City Council twice over the past decade.
"My children went (to Palmer Stone) and loved Ms. Patterson," said Oxford City Clerk Carol Poole. "We enjoyed having her on the council as well. She was just a real sweet lady."
Patterson served in the Oxford City Council's Post 4 seat for a four-year term that began in 2002. She later filled the unexpired term of current Mayor Jerry Roseberry when he ran for mayor. That term of service lasted from December 2007 until Sue Dale joined the council in 2010. At the end of her 2009 term, Patterson said it was time for somebody else to take over.
"She was what I consider a gentle person and friendly, and she gave her life to service," Councilman Jim Windham said Tuesday.
When she worked at Palmer Stone, she also volunteered for the Oxford Lions Club's annual pancake event -- before she was even a member of the club.
"Her family also participated in events for the Lions Club," Windham said. "She participated as long as she was able. She was a good citizen and will be missed by the entire city of Oxford."
The Leavenworth, Kan., native also was a member of Alcovy United Methodist Church.
Patterson is survived by daughter and son-in-law Lynn and Art Aaron of Covington; son and daughter-in-law James Wesley and Melissa Patterson Jr. of Social Circle; daughter and son-in-law Cindy and Jeff Maughon of Covington; brother John Wandmaker of Maybank, Texas; sisters Susie Kovatch of Orange, Texas, and Linda Culpepper of Houston, Texas; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, James Wesley Patterson Sr., parents, Henry and Ethel Mae Wandmaker, and sister, Penny Young.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. today in the chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home, located at 11405 Brown Bridge Road in Covington, with Pastor Teresa Lilja officiating. Interment will be at Lawnwood Memorial Park.