Ida McKiever Burnette Patterson was a deaconess.
She died April 12, 2012. She was 102.
According to her family, Patterson lived a life inspired by the words of her favorite hymn and signature phrase, Just as I Am.
She was affectionately known as “Mom Patterson,” “Cousin Ida,” “Nana” and “Aunt Ida.” She made everyone around her feel like family.
Born June 24, 1909, to Joshua Wayman Burnette and Lucy Hodgkins Williams Burnette in Pocomoke City, Maryland, she moved with her family to Pennsylvania in 1915.
The family settled in Philadelphia’s “Black Bottom” neighborhood a predominately African-American community on the west side of Philadelphia. She grew up with her four brothers, Josh, Leon, William, John and her beloved sister, Minnie. Educated in the Philadelphia Public School System, she received her nursing assistant degree in 1967 from the National School of Nursing. On June 28, 1930, she married Samuel Jesse Patterson. Their union brought forth two sons, Samuel R. Patterson and Joseph D. Patterson.
As a young woman, Patterson joined Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church where she cultivated her spiritual gifts of worship, witnessing, and sharing the love of Christ. She served as a founding member and director of the Celestial choir. She was also a founding member of the Flower Club and served as a member of the Women’s Missionary Society, Never Fail Boosters and South Carolina Club, and was a pastor’s aide. Her commitment to God and the AME church was recognized on May 22, 1982, when she was consecrated as deaconess in the Philadelphia AME conference under the hand of Bishop Richard Allen Hildebrand.
Despite her extensive involvement in church activities, her family said she will be remembered most for how the Holy Spirit, Sunday after Sunday, moved through her in fervent shouts of praise and dance.
She is survived by her sons, Samuel R. Patterson and his wife, Barbara; Rev. Joseph D. Patterson Sr., retired presiding elder AMEC and his wife, Joyce; grandchildren, Joseph Patterson Jr., Jewel Patterson, Jocelyn Patterson, Vija Robinson and Kgell Patterson; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held April 21 at Hickman Temple AME Church. Viewing will be held at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 10. Burial will be in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.