Betty Jane Patten


December 4, 1936 - January 10, 2017



Betty Jane Patten was born December 4, 1936, at Mitchell, to Lawrence and Ann Grace (Parry) Nelson. She grew up on the family farm at Stickney, graduated from Stickney High School in 1955 where she was crowned Miss Stickney. In 1959 she received her BA degree from Dakota Wesleyan University.  On June 9, 1960, she married Darryl Patten at the Presbyterian Church in Mitchell. They lived in Lawrence, KS, then moved to El Dorado KS where she was a Junior High chorus class accompanist. They moved to Mitchell in 1976 and she was a DWU Pre-school Teachers Aide from 1977 until 1994. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Church Handbell Choir and was a member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. She was a lover of music and supported the arts.

She is survived by two children: Kevin Patten of Crofton, NE, Tammy Parks and husband, Bill of Mitchell; six grandchildren: Zachary, Natalie, Timothy, Emily, Nicholas and Abigail Parks; one brother, Merwyn Nelson and wife, Barbara, of Springfield, IL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Darryl, in 1997, one brother, Parry Nelson, one sister, Harriet Nelson and her parents.


Friday, January 13, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
411 North Duff Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, January 14, 2017
11:00 AM
First Lutheran Church
411 North Duff Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Dudley Cemetery
Stickney, South Dakota

Posted by Barbara Horton on January 17, 2017
I knew your mom for many years through DWU and FUMC. She was a dear, sweet lady who always had a smile and never turned down a request for help in serving a meal or baking cookies, or whatever the need. I was fortunate to be invited to one of the Patten Halloween parties. I will never forget that fun evening. I am sorry for you loss. Your mom will be missed.
Posted by Pat Helgeland on January 11, 2017
Your Mom was such a sweet person. I got to know her when she and the other Bells were part of Madrigal. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Kelly Gross on January 11, 2017
Betty was one of my favorite contacts from both my DWU years and First United Methodist. She was always such a kind, gentle soul. The Halloween Haunts STILL are ranked at the top of some of my life's most fun events!! I prayed that when we started the repair project for our sanctuary at First United Methodist Church, that we would not have to turn away any church members funerals. I am sorry that we did not have the building that she was so active in, available to you in your time of need. Thanks for sharing your mom over the years! A lot of us loved her!
Posted by Laurie Chenoweth on January 11, 2017
So very sorry to hear about Betty's passing. She was my neighbor for many years. Was such a sweet lady. May she Rest In Peace.
Posted by Jackie Hess on January 11, 2017
Tammy and Kevin--Your mother was a wonderful person. She was the main reason I kept ringing hand bells. I will miss her. I will keep the both of you and your families in my prayers.
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