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Gene Vance Neff Paterson enjoyed voluteerism, studied at Stephens College

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 2:23 p.m. CDT; updated 11:24 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

COLUMBIA — Gene Vance Neff Paterson enjoyed gardening, needlepoint and traveling. 

Mrs. Paterson died Monday, April 14, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. She was 90.

She was born July 4, 1923, to William N. and Gladys V. Neff in Abingdon, Va. She married Robert Paterson on Sept. 28, 1946, in Abingdon.

Mrs. Paterson first came to Columbia to complete her senior year of high school at Stephens College where she majored in dance.

She worked at the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. Robert Paterson, her fiance, worked at the State Department. They would meet between the two work sites, in front the White House after work.

After their marriage they lived in Havana, Cuba; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Barbados. Later in life they moved to Columbia where Robert worked first as the director of the Research Center and then as Ddean of the College of Business at MU. They lived in Columbia for 40 years.

Mrs. Paterson stayed active in the community by volunteering at the Salvation Army, the Dental Aid Program, which she was associated with through the King's Daughters, Cecile Taylor Circle, and she served on the board for the Greater Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. After her husband died in 1998, Mrs. Paterson moved to Charlottesville, Va., to be closer to family. In Charlottesville, she worked with Meals on Wheels and was a member of the Mayflower Society.

Mrs. Paterson is survived by her son, Chris Paterson, and his wife, Heloisa, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; two daughters, Ann P. Schmitt and her husband, John Schmitt, of Martinsville, N.J., and Ellen Rippeto and her husband, Tom Rippeto, of Columbia; five grandchildren, Andrea Tannuri, Marcos Paterson, Patricia Paterson, Jane Davis and Kathryn Schmitt.

Her husband, Robert Paterson, died earlier.

A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Monroe Room at the Colonnades, 2600 Barracks Road, Charlottesville, Va. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. April 23 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 124 E. Main St., Abingdon, Va. Burial will follow at Knollkreg Cemetery, 556 Walden Road NE, Abingdon, Va.

Memorial contributions can be made to The William N. Neff Center Scholarship fund at Emory and Henry College, P.O. Box 947, Emory, VA 24327; Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville, 2270 Ivy Road Charlottesville, VA 22903; or Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911.


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