Mary Lou Patterson Mar 25, 2020 Mar 25, 2020 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save Mary Lou Patterson passed away peacefully in the Bitterroot Valley March 12, 2020. She was born in Miles City, Mont., Feb. 7, 1959, to James Merle Patterson and Patricia Ann Patterson. Her family then relocated to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Her father was a career Army soldier, later becoming a Green Beret, whom Mary Lou was so proud of. While she moved around the United States, Coeur d’Alene was always her home.Mary Lou always had a passion for animals. Whether it be dogs, cats or a pet rat, but her favorite animal was her horse “Bo.” She spent the majority of her time with Bo at horse shows and rodeos. She also had a love and passion for art and was a very talented artist in all formats. Mary Lou graduated high school and took life head on. She worked various jobs, including dog grooming, but later moved to Billings, Mont., where she spent 15 years as a Highway Patrol Dispatcher. There she received awards for her professionalism and excellence. She relocated to the Anaconda area working for the State Hospital and then relocated to Arizona.Realizing her love for Montana, she moved back. She loved the outdoors, horses, community services, and always gave more than a smile as she would often offer a jacket, money, or assistance to somebody who needed it. Mary Lou often joked with her mother that if she were to pass, she wanted to meet mother’s father, Charley, and Abe Lincoln. An obituary cannot explain her beauty, accomplishments, talents, and warmth as a daughter and a sister, but she is now at peace in heaven and has the wings of an angel.Mary Lou is preceded in death by her father James Patterson; Aunt Mary Lou Schelgel; Uncle Chuck Schelgel and Uncle Robert Lester. She is survived by her mother Patricia Patterson and brother Robert Patterson of Anaconda, Mont.; Aunt Shirley Lester of Gig Harbor, Wash.; cousins Charley, Mike, and John Schelgel of Bozeman, Mont.; her soul sister Gina Bausch and her daughter she never had Hannah Franklin of Bozeman, Mont.; and cousins Robert and Jeff Lester of Wash.In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to local animal shelters. A Celebration of Mary Lou’s Life will be announced at a later date. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save Latest News $1.1M grants set up water line improvements Town to upgrade electric meters Edward Jones: Support for community a top priority Dear Valued Chamber Member WUSD implements ‘Stay at Home’ plan to finish school year Google Classroom assistance available Aguila Elementary closes for school year, library shut Multiple Morristown happenings canceled or rescheduled Most Popular Articles Images Videos Commented ArticlesWeekly Update: COVID-19 Resources and Information for Maricopa County ResidentsWickenburg Community Hospital not allowing visitors at hospital, clinicsWUSD implements ‘Stay at Home’ plan to finish school yearUSPS modifying returned mail rulesThis Week in Wickenburg HistoryTown to upgrade electric metersTown announces closures, reduced business hoursPereira brings element of peace to council meetingsGovernor announces ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected’Library closed to public for in-person services Images VideosSorry, there are no recent results for popular videos. CommentedSorry, there are no recent results for popular commented articles.