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Helen Charlieen (Griffith) Patton


1931 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Helen Charlieen (Griffith) Patton Obituary
Helen Charlieen (Griffith) Patton was born in the doctor's 3-bedroom home in Cortez, Colorado on November 6, 1931. In a few days Charlie and Myrtle Griffith took her to the family homestead on Bug Point, 15 miles southwest of Dove Creek, Colorado. That was home until they moved to a new home, 3 miles west of Dove Creek when she was in High School.
Upon graduation she enrolled at Fort Lewis A&M College on the old site at Hesperus, Colorado. She secured a job with the Veteran's Administration to help with tuition and expenses. In her second year of school she became engaged to John E. Patton and they both went to Colorado University for their Junior Year. They were married on September 13, 1953 and she dropped out of school to help with finances so John could graduate.
After graduation John was drafted into the U.S. Army and they traveled to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Charlieen worked for the army as a civilian employee for the year and a half they were there.
Upon returning to Cortez they were both hired as teachers at Lakeview School. She finished her teaching certification at Adams State College in Alamosa. Soon after Re-1 was established she moved to Downey School for a very successful career as teacher in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. She was an accomplished artist and taught her students much about art as well as the three ""R's"".
While teaching, she served the Presbyterian Church faithfully and well in may different offices and activities.
Charlieen was a wonderful and loving wife for 64 years. She passed from this life into the arms of our Heavenly Father on September 4, 2017. She is greatly missed by her Husband, relatives and friends. She was a lovely, loving person!She is survived by her Husband, her brother George Griffith, her sister Shirley Sallaway (Tom), and many nephews and nieces.
Published in The Journal on Sept. 29, 2017
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