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Phyllis Clement Patten
  • September 11, 1947
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  • July 09, 2017

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Phyllis Clement Patten, 69, of Eustis, Florida passed away July 9,2017. Phyllis was born in Corpus Christi Texas, on September 11, 1947, to William and Caroline Clement.

She graduated from Desoto County High School in 1965 then attended University of Florida and University of Miami where she received her Bachelors Degree in  Childhood Education. Phyllis received two masters and  a specialist degrees in Education Administration from Florida Atlantic University and continued doctoral work at Nova Southeastern University.

Phyllis began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in Manatee County, Florida. She successfully continued her work in the education field in the Broward County School District and administered Special Education Programs in one of four district areas and was a three term member of Lake County School Board.

She worked in the community through the Golden Triangle Republican Women’s Network and was a volunteer at Cornerstone Hospice offering psychological counseling.

Phyllis was Certified Master Naturalist through UF/IFAS and enjoyed and appreciated plants, gardening. She was also an outstanding Gourmet Cook, an avid reader, a watercolor artist and loved art in all forms. But most of all she cherished her sons, her family and all of her friends.

Phyllis is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Russell Stephen Patten; Sons, Andrew Dean (Amanda) Patten and Ryan Stephen Patten; Grandsons, Wesley Russell Patten and William Andrew Patten; sister, Bobbie Clement (Scott) Mears; brother, Edward Thornton Clement.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Cornerstone Hospice in Tavares.

Services entrusted to Baldwin Brothers, Tavares, Florida


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  1. 02 Oct 2017
    Adrian Boyd lit a candle:
    Lit since October 2, 2017 at 10:51:24 PM

  2. 07 Aug 2017
    Brandon Bailey says:
    Mrs. Patten's legacy will be remembered by her contributions to humanity and the lives she helped to shape. It was a blessing to know her and witness the amount of love she shared with everyone around here. Truly a remarkable woman!

    My deepest condolences and prayers for the entire family during this time.

  3. 27 Jul 2017
    Karen Casey-Robinson says:
    Phyllis was a wonderful friend for more than 40 years. She was special in so many ways and we always had fun and many laughs together. Harry, Kaitlyn and myself loved her and always enjoyed her wit, humor and love she extended to us. My heart is full of sadness that Phyllis is no longer a phone call or a visit away but I cherish all the days we did have together. Special prayers go out to Russell, Andrew & family, Ryan, Bobbi and Eddie as they have to adjust to life without Phyllis. May Phyllis Rest in Peace and know that she made such a positive impact on us and all she came in contact with.
    With love, Karen, Harry & Kaitlyn

  4. 27 Jul 2017
    Karen Casey-Robinson lit a candle:
    Lit since July 27, 2017 at 7:23:30 PM

  5. 27 Jul 2017
    Karen Casey-Robinson lit a candle:
    Lit since July 27, 2017 at 7:23:04 PM

  6. 20 Jul 2017
    Erma Gladieux says:
    Dear Russell,
    We are so sorry to hear about Phyllis. Please know that our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you and your family through this difficult time. Love, Erma & Gary

  7. 17 Jul 2017
    Helen Kim Bretton (Kim Milt) (married name) says:
    Phyllis was a dear friend all during our school years in Arcadia Fl.
    We were roommates at U of F, then in Coconut Grove and Miami for almost 3 years I have special memories of that together.
    Then our lives went in different directions and I moved to New York for 34 years and Phyllis studied and settled in Broward County. Sending prayers and my deepest sympathies to you,and your sons and their families on your tremendous loss.

  8. 17 Jul 2017
    Gary & Janet Dahler lit a candle:
    Lit since July 17, 2017 at 7:59:12 AM

  9. 16 Jul 2017
    Kalia Baillene lit a candle:
    Lit since July 16, 2017 at 7:24:13 PM

  10. 16 Jul 2017
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    Lit since July 16, 2017 at 7:38:33 AM

  11. 14 Jul 2017
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    Lit since July 14, 2017 at 7:38:00 PM

  12. 14 Jul 2017
    Ray Newman lit a candle:
    Lit since July 14, 2017 at 7:58:13 PM

  13. 14 Jul 2017
    Ray Newman says:
    I had the pleasure of serving with Phyllis on the Lake CountySchool Board. She was the consummate professional who served with distinction, and always had students in mind. I was also proud to have her as a friend! Prayers go out to her family during this difficult time. R.I.P. my friend and colleague!

    Ray and Jody Newman

  14. 14 Jul 2017
    Steffony wells says:
    Prayers for her husband and family. Phyllis was a vibrant and vivacious woman. She was active in high school and will be missed.

  15. 13 Jul 2017
    Peggy Campbell says:
    I loved Phyllis and considered her a special and dear friend. I have such wonderful and heart-warming memories that we shared; I still laugh as I recall so many of them. My deepest sympathy, Russell,
    Andrew and Ryan, as I know you guys were her priority in life. She will be missed by all she touched.

  16. 13 Jul 2017
    Lew Ambler says:
    I have a lot of great memories of Phyllis. She was a good friend.

  17. 11 Jul 2017
    Diane Camp says:
    Fond memories of Phyllis and family in high school. Such fun we (Ann, Pat, you and me) had on band trips. Terrors of the band!!ha-ha. Your humor and infectious laugh will long be remembered. May your family find strength and peace in their fond and loving memories.

  18. 11 Jul 2017
    Beth Thornton says:
    Love Phyllis and the Clement family. My best memories were at their home in Arcadia. May the family find comfort around their family and friends. Love you all! Beth

  19. 11 Jul 2017
    George Whitlock says:
    Very sorry to hear this news, Bobbi and Eddie and family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!!

  20. 11 Jul 2017
    Michael Whitlock says:
    Phyllis was such a treasure to everyone who knew and loved her. She was beautiful, passionate, and had a brilliant mind. All of us who knew her are saddened-but glad this battle she fought so bravely is over.

  21. 10 Jul 2017
    John L says:
    It will be very hard for me to forget the many memories of Phyllis over the last 32 years of living across the street from the Patten's. Just as I sit here and write this little note and think of some of the memories I smile and tear for the loss of a really good friend. Russell, Andrew, Ryan, Bobbie and Eddie my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of your loss. I just wonder if she is going to ask my Dad why he didn't start that chain saw. The memories will aways be part of our lives. Rest in Peace Phyllis

  22. 10 Jul 2017
    John lit a candle:
    Lit since July 10, 2017 at 7:29:34 PM

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