Bonita Francis Patterson, 72, passed away peacefully on May 26th, 2018, surrounded by loved ones at her home in Pinehurst. Memorial services to celebrate her life will be held at Brownson Presbyterian at 11:00am on Saturday, June 2nd with a visitation to follow at Boles Funeral Home at 6:00pm in Southern Pines.

Bonita was born in Dayton, Ohio to Anne and Charles Francis on April 20th, 1946. She was raised in Winston Salem. She married the love of her life, James J Patterson, on August 1st, 1965 in Charlotte. In 1973 she graduated as a Registered Nurse from Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. She also earned her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner degree from East Carolina University and Bachelors of Science in Nursing from UNC Pembroke. She resided in Goldsboro for over a decade, working in Pediatrics and the ER. She then worked proudly as an RN at Moore Regional Hospital for over 15 years before becoming an educator at Scotland Memorial and finally a School Nurse at Carver Middle School until she retired in 2013.

Bonita is preceded in death by her mother, Anne Francis. She was devoted to family and is survived by her brother, Stephen Francis; beloved husband, James Patterson; children and spouses Gregg and Jennifer Patterson, Kristi Patterson, and Elizabeth and Michael Chepul; and grandchildren Dana Patterson, Samantha Patterson, Gavin Chepul, and Fiona Patterson, who will honor her memory in their love for each other.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to The Foundation of FirstHealth and Pitch in for Baseball are appreciated.

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Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is serving the family.

Mrs. Patterson’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers at Sandhills Sentinel.

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