June 30, 1931 - November 22, 2018 Long time resident Norma Patterson, age 87, died in her home in Los Altos after a short illness. Norma was born to Clarence and LoRita Hawes Smith on a ranch close to Condon, Oregon. She and her brother, Wilbur, attended the elementary school in Condon before the family moved to The Dalles OR, where she graduated from high school. She attended college at the University of Oregon in Eugene and then the University of Oregon School of Nursing in Portland, graduating as an RN with a B.S. degree in Nursing. She married her soulmate Don Patterson in 1951. They were married for 60 years, before Don’s death in 2011. Norma and Don had an active social life. They travelled to many countries and enjoyed learning of their cultures. They were avid Jazz aficionados and attended countless jazz concerts and could, at times, be found dancing cheek to cheek to a favorite ballad. Their love for each other was inspiring. Norma had a long, productive and gratifying career as a hospital RN.in Portland Oregon before moving to Los Altos with Don and their daughters in 1967.
At the same time, Norma and Don bought a new yellow (Norma’s favorite color) Mustang convertible to help transition their move from Oregon to sunny California. Norma enjoyed driving the Mustang for many years. Norma received a P.H.N. and an M.S. in nursing from San Francisco State before starting a new career as a Professor of Nursing on the faculty of De Anza College in 1971, retiring in 1986. After retirement, Norma volunteered for many years for Planned Parenthood and the American Cancer Society. Norma had many interests including reading, tending to her garden and keeping up on politics. Perusing The San Francisco Chronicle was a daily ritual and at the end of a busy day, she immersed herself in an engaging novel. In recent years she became an ardent Oakland Warriors fan and knew each players name and stats by heart. She was also delighted upon the arrival of her great grand daughter Victoria Rose and relished seeing pictures and hearing about her antics. She will be remembered for her spirited wit, intelligence and graciousness. Norma will be greatly missed by her two daughters, Kelly Patterson Merkley and Tracy (Patterson) Hiyakumoto, son in laws, Brent Merkley and Larry Hiyakumoto, two grand children, Ryan Borton and Rachel Borton, great grand daughter Victoria Rose and brother Wilbur Smith At her request there will be no service. A private family celebration of life will be planned.