Gladys Patterson Dunn, age 95, of Epworth, died peacefully June 30, 2019, surrounded by her children after a brief illness.
Gladys was born in Copperhill to the late Leander Jefferson Patterson and Mamie Ritchie Patterson November 7, 1923. She grew up on a farm in North Georgia and was the sixth child of a total of seven children. Her siblings were Lester Clyde, Ernest Jefferson, Jessie Roy (Bill), Herbert Roland and James Luke (Vic) all of whom have preceded her in death. Her surviving sister, Lola Mae Haren, resides in Epworth.
Gladys met Edward Howard (Ed) Dunn while attending church and married shortly thereafter. They were married for over 50 years before Ed’s death nearly 26 years ago.
Gladys is survived by her three children, James Steven (Steve) Dunn of Ooltewah, Tennessee, Patricia Sue (Patsy) Stuart of Griffin, Georgia, and Sharon Dunn Rudy and husband Harvey of Atlanta, Georgia; four grandchildren, John David Stuart and wife Jennifer, Michael Ryan Stuart and wife Janet, Greg Matthew Stuart and wife Kelly and Lauren Renee Rudy, all of the Atlanta area; three great grandchildren, Allyson Stuart, John (Jack) Stuart and Olivia Stuart; as well as and many other nieces and nephews. Her son-in-law John Melvin Stuart passed away recently.
Gladys was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and growing flowers, decorating her home, traveling on long driving vacations throughout the United States, watching Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, The Weather Channel and taking care of her cats. Perhaps most of all, she loved hosting wonderful family gatherings for holidays and spending time with family. She will be fondly missed.
Gladys was a member of Epworth First Baptist Church and will be laid to rest at Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery next to her late husband.
Gladys’ life was celebrated July 3, 2019, from the Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge with the Rev. Chris Clark officiating. Music was provided by the Rev. Doug Simonds.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Glaucoma Research Foundation or Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery Fund at P.O. Box 309, Epworth. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com.