Beth Marie Patterson, 24, of Elkader, died Sunday, April 26, 2009, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader following a sudden illness. She was born October 4, 1984, at the Delaware County Hospital in Manchester to Brien and Brenda (Rosburg) Patterson. Beth was baptized March 27, 1986, at the Wadena Presbyterian Church and confirmed at the United Methodist Church. She was raised in Wadena (from 1984 through 1996) and Strawberry Point (1997 through 2003); attended Valley and Starmont Schools and graduated from Starmont Community Schools in 2003.
Beth was in 4-H for nine years and served on county council for three years and Area Council two years. She was a member of Valley Superiors 4-H Club in Wadena. In 2002, Beth received senior 4-H Volunteer Award. She was a dedicated basketball manager for four years at Starmont High School. Following graduation, Beth moved to Elkader, where she became a member of the Rise Community and was employed by Rise Ltd. She enjoyed volunteering at the office of the Clayton County Clerk of Court.
Beth was a very loving young woman. She loved her family and all of her little cousins. She also loved animals, especially her two special cats, Minnie and Mickey, her cow, Marie and dog Sally. Her father is still dealing with the spoiled cows she created in his beef herd. Scrap booking was another of her interests that she took pride in. Beth also took pride in making fleece blankets for family members.
Survivors include her father, Brien Paul (Margie Rice) Patterson of Wadena; her mother, Brenda Kay (fiancé Kevin Scott) of Strawberry Point; three sisters, Benita Patterson of Ames, Breina (Wayne) Burgin of Lamont, Marissa (Joe) Lenth of Arlington; three brothers, Kent (Amanda) Scott of Cedar Rapids, Kendrick Scott of Cedar Rapids, Tyler Rice of Marquette; maternal grandmother, Darlene Rosburg of Arlington; several aunts, uncles and cousins; her boyfriend, Andrew Heller of Elkader and numerous friends.
Brenda and Kevin are to be married on Saturday and Beth was going to be her mother's maid of honor.
Beth was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Lyle and Faye Patterson and maternal grandfather Cecil Rosburg.
Because of Beth's love for 4-H, her wish was for memorials to be directed to Fayette County 4-H Foundation.