Joyce "Joy" Patten, age 88 of Perry, passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at the Rowley Masonic Community in Perry, IA. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Perry. Visitation will be on Monday, December 17, 2018, starting at 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the Violet Hill Cemetery at Perry, IA. Memorials will be given to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund or the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care.

            Joyce "Joy" Ardene Patten was born on June 2, 1930 at Lake View, IA to Fred Otto and Carrie (Sauter) Ellwanger. Through 8th grade she attended a rural one room school that was taught by her older sister and then went to Lake View High School, graduating with the class of 1947. To further her education, she went to Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, graduating in 1966 Magna Cum Laude. She was united in marriage to Thomas Barnard Patten at Lake View, IA on June 10, 1951. She began her teaching career at the Fairview Consolidated School. Later she taught at the Audubon Community School, Adel DeSoto School and lastly at Perry Community Schools, retiring in the spring of 1986. Most of the time she taught 5th grade.

            She was a Deacon and member of the First Presbyterian Church, active in various ladies’ groups at church, Eastern Star and Delta Kappa Gamma. She enjoyed reading, playing cards, putting puzzles together and spending time with her family.

            In death she rejoins her husband Thomas Patten, parents, Fred and Carrie Ellwanger and siblings, Mabel, Alice, Evelyn, Lucille, Fred Otto Jr., and Everett and many other family members she loved dearly.

            Left to cherish Joy’s memory are her, daughter, Dawn Parker (Brian) of Perry, son, Dr. James (Jane) Patten of West Des Moines, IA, grandchildren, Erin (Eric) Hansen, Kathy (Ben) Warren, Kristi (Chris) Elliott, Elizabeth Patten and Michael (Nicole) Patten and great-grandchildren, Mara and Laina Elliott, Arlo and Ira Warren and Liliana Hansen, sister, June Bowers, brothers-in-law, Neil Patten and Doug Patten, sisters-in-law, Margaret Ellwanger, Darlene Patten and Ruth Hoferman, many nieces and nephews and much extended family and friends.

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