RUTH ANN FAVORS PATRICK was born on August 15, 1930 in Huntsville, Alabama to John Devine and Hattie Lee Mays Favors. Shortly afterwards, the family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ruth was the fourth of six children.
Ruth attended grade school and high school in the Hamilton County School District. She received her B.A. degree in Home Economics at Tennessee State University graduated in 1952. Upon graduation, she returned to Chattanooga where she taught as a substitute teacher at the elementary school level.
Ruth met the love of her life, Theodore Patrick Jr. of the United States Air Force in 1954. They married the following year before moving to San Diego, California. Through their union they were blessed with six children.
Ruth accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Leonard St. Presbyterian Church, where she served as a youth leader. After moving to San Diego, she joined Golden Hill Presbyterian Church and then followed her husband to Bethel A.M.E. Church, where she served as a greeter and was part of the Women’s Ministry. She loved the Lord and was an obedient and faithful servant.
Ruth had a number of jobs throughout her years in San Diego. In addition to positions with the US Post Office and Sharp Hospital, she continued her work as an educator, first as a substitute and then a full time teacher at Lincoln High School and Montgomery Middle School. Her love of children and passion for teaching was unwavering throughout her 35 year career.
To say that family was everything to Ruth was an understatement. Always classy with a unique sense of style, she made many sacrifices to ensure that her family had the best opportunities for success. A devoted wife and mother, Ruth believed in nurturing and training her children’s God given talents to ensure they remained focused and dedicated. She was involved and supportive of all of their extracurricular activities.
Ruth was proceeded in death by her parents; John & Hattie Favors; brothers, John Jr. and Edward Favors; sons, Michael, Dion and Timothy Patrick; great grandchildren, Alexys Gillard and Olivia Fulcher.
Cherishing her memory and embracing her legacy are her husband of 64 years; Theodore R. Patrick Jr.; sons, Theodore R. Patrick III (Kim), Terrence C. Patrick; daughter, Ann L. Fulcher (Joe) and daughter-in-law, Nichelle Patrick; brother Arlander Favors (Ruby); sisters, Eleanor Jackson, Bettye Favors-Palmer; Goddaughter, Sherry Thompson; 12 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and a host of relatives and friends.
May her legacy of unconditional love live on in us all.
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