Judy Patterson lost a valiant battle with cancer on June 22, 2014. She was a loving mother and wife who fought a long hard battle while always putting her family first. Judy was past president of the Cooper Elementary School PTA and was also involved at McConnell Middle School. She was always the go-to mom and was happily involved in her kid’s classrooms. Judy graduated from Walton High School in Marietta and continued at University of Georgia where she received her B.S. in Political Science in 1985. She worked for Eastern Airlines, and then continued as a computer trainer at CompUSA and Gwinnett Technical College. Her most accomplished career move was as a stay at home mom. On her 1st birthday her family bought a cabin at Lake Burton and she grew up seeking nature’s beauty and adventure. Judy was an avid sportswoman who could be found shredding the slopes of Utah on snowboard or skis.  After graduation from college she moved to Park City for four years and worked for Deer Valley resort. She loved to wake-board, kayak, play tennis, and horseback ride. She met her loving husband and soul mate of 16 years on the slopes of Steamboat, Colorado. Judy’s apple pies, outrageous cakes, Easter egg parties, pumpkin carvings and joyful spirit will be sorely missed. Judy is preceded in death by her father Roy Barrow. She is survived by her husband, Stacy Patterson, children, Drew Patterson and Kathleen Patterson, mother, Elaine Barrow of Marietta, GA; brother, Bob Barrow and wife Tzippe of Jerusalem, Israel; sisters, Diane Reese and husband Michael of Phoenix, AZ; and Lynn Barrow of Phoenix, AZ; Father and Mother in Law, J.M. and Nona Patterson of Lawrenceville, GA, Brother in Law, Jonathan Patterson and wife Shannon of Dacula, GA; several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Grayson United Methodist Church with Reverend Scott Hearn officiating. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel. In recognition of her work on behalf of children at Cooper Elementary and McConnell Middle, donations can be made in memory to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation for the benefit of the Archer Cluster Fund. Donate online at www.gcps-foundation.org or at GCPS Foundation, 437 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee, GA 30024 or Gwinnett Hospital Foundation 1755 North Brown Road, Ste 100, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com

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  1. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May GOD comfort all of you during these and coming days.

  2. Your family will always be part of ours. Judy was such a big part of my life we all loved her.

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.

    Joyce and Tom Parks

  4. Our hearts are broken for your family. Judy was such a beautiful person and will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts,prayers and hugs are with you.

  5. Judy was a joyful and energetic person. Her life was a great adventure. Her family is in my prayers.

  6. Judy was such an asset to our school community at Cooper. She was such a giving and loving person; always willing to help others. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. We pray for your family in this time of grief. Judy will be missed here on earth, but we rejoice to another angel in Heaven. God be with you all.

  8. We remember Judy always up beat and smiling and on a cheerful note.Heaven has gained a special jewel!

  9. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Stacy and family. Our prayers are with you during this time of need.
    Bill and Sandy Gower-Snellville Ga.

  10. Judy was my favorite of my aunts. I have a life time of good memories with her. Every time I think about her I smile. She made the world a better place and there is an empty spot in a lot of hearts including mine with her gone. I’ll miss you Judy Patterson. Fair winds and Following Seas.

  11. I will always remember that smile. She was a wonderful person and my heart is broken for her family.

  12. Judy got me into PTA and showed me it was not a bunch of crazy helicopter parents, but more of a passion to better the community. We were in a PTA meeting together and the board was going over new ideas , I had said to her ” Judy, just let have your brain” She laughed and replied ” you might not want it now” She was always so upbeat, and was truly concerned with how others were doing. She may have never known that I looked up to her in so many ways and I knew I could always go to her and she would have the solution to any issues I was dealing with. A truly great person Judy Patterson. She will be missed greatly.

  13. I did not know Judy for very long but what I did know was that she was something special. I had the privilege of meeting her at PTA at Cooper. We will all miss her smile and her willingness to do whatever she could for the students and parents. Rest in peace. I know I will see you again!!!

  14. Action Attractions and their staff as well as the Derloshon family would like to extend our condolences to the Patterson family as they lost a wonderful and much loving and caring wife and mother. Judy was such a wonderful and inspirational person and meant so much to so many ESPECIALLY her Cooper family. We enjoyed working with her through many Cooper PTA events. She ALWAYS worked very hard with coordinating and making many events successfully happen and DEFINATELY making sure that everyone was always taking care of. She had such a great passion for life and TRUTHFULLY believed in living everyday to the ABSOLUTE fullest. She would always be smiling everytime we saw her as we enjoyed watching her make many others smile. Judy was a great great person and meant so so much to us as well as many many others. Judy will be greatly missed and the Patterson family will remain in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.
    Warm Rergards,
    Ted and Alecia Derloshon & family
    (as well as Action Attractions and their staff)

  15. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Judy had such a big heart for our children at Cooper. She will be truly missed!

  16. My deepest sympathies go out to Drew and his family for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. Our warmest thoughts and earnest prayers to your family and the children as we learned of Judy’s passing. She has been in high spirits most of the time as if everything is alright. Judy is a jewel to behold and a shining star set for heaven. Rest assured she is well-rested and no more pain. We cherished the short yet precious time you were with us. You will never be forgotten!

  18. Judy did so much for the students at Cooper Elementary. Her presence will be missed by all. I will keep the family in my prayers

  19. Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to the Patterson family. I did not know Judy but I am a customer of her mother-in- law, father-in-law and husband. When I last spoke to Stacy, I could tell he loved Judy very much. I pray that your family find comfort in the beautiful memories she leaves behind.

  20. What a joy to have known Judy. Her contagious laugh and adventurous spirit and always the first one to step up and get things done…..she was truly an amazing person!. While we mourn with you in her loss, we rejoice in the gift of time that God allowed us to have her and pray that all of those sweet memories will bring a smile to your face when you miss her most.

  21. I was so blessed to have had so many great times with Judy growing up. She is now in Heaven having a family reunion. She will be missed by many.

  22. We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of Judy. She was such a wonderful person, a loving and devoted mother and wife. We had lots of fun with your family at Camp Rainey Mtn. during cub scouts. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you during this difficult time. We will miss Judy’s beautiful smile!

  23. I will always picture Judy with a smile and a cheerful disposition. Such a joy to be around. She is missed already. What a positive, lovely individual. So courageous and such a great example of how to live your life well. Love Drew and Kathleen and hope to see you both at the pool very soon! Coach Mary Jo

  24. We were so sad to hear of Judy’s passing. Patsy is J. M.’s first cousin, with Melvin her husband, and we reside in Resaca, Ga.
    Stacy, you and the family will certainly be in our thoughts and prayers during the days to come. Our love to you all.

  25. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I will miss seeing her beautiful smile and helpful spirit throughtout Cooper. She will truely be missed.

  26. Judy was a special person, always looking out for everyone at Cooper Elementary. She will be dearly missed. Patterson
    family, know that Judy is now singing with the choir of angels. You are in my prayers.

  27. I am so very sorry that your family’s battle with cancer had to end this way. If you need anything, please let me know. love, mellen

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