Sue Nell Patterson

October 29, 1930 - April 16, 2021

Sue Nell Patterson

Sue Nell Patterson, 90, of Beaumont, died peacefully on Friday, April 16, 2021 with her family by her side.   She was born on October 29, 1930, to TW Shirley and Ava Patty in Columbus, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-four years, Jack Patterson; son, Jay Patterson; sister, Patty Fisher and brother George Shirley III.

Survivors include her daughter, Kelly Thaden and her husband, Robert, son, York Patterson and his wife, Vicky and daughter-in-law Barbara Patterson wife of her eldest son Jay; grandsons, Travis Patterson, Blake Patterson and his wife Laura, Hunter Patterson and his finance’ Olivia Gite’ and grandson Jesse Thaden; great-grandsons, Kaden and Ryder Patterson; niece Kitty Fontenot and numerous cousins.

Sue started her career at he early age of 17 working as a filing clerk for Adams & Brown in Beaumont.  She quickly determined she wanted to spend the rest of her working life supporting the law profession.  Most of Sue’s professional career was spent at Mehaffy Weber. She started her employment at the firm in 1951, as a twenty-one year old, and returned from the firm in 2001, as a seventy-year old.   In the early years, she left the firm from time to time to raise her children.   By the time she retired, Sue had been with MehaffyWeber well over thirty consecutive years and had been associated with the firm for approximately fifty years.  By the end of her career, she was the head of the legal assistant department supervising ten to fifteen legal assistances.   She loved her time with the firm and often referred to herself as the self-appointed matriarch.   She also developed life-long friends who continued to support her throughout the remainder of her life.  

Outside of her career, Sue loved cooking and was responsible for preparing all the meals for the family gatherings. If she was not feeding someone, she was not happy.   She also enjoyed reading but her favorite pastime was going to the beach.   Her love for the beach started as a teenager and grew stronger as she grew older.   Prior to children, she would enjoy visiting with her close friends, listening to music, playing cards and consuming the occasional adult beverage.   When she and Jack began a family, the outings turned into family gatherings.  All of her children have fond memories of the time they spent at Bolivar.   Her children have also passed on the love of the beach to their families, and it remains a favorite place by all the Patterson clan.

The last several years have been challenging for Sue due to her loss of independence.   The family will miss her however they are happy in knowing she is at peace and is with Jack and Jay.   We love you Tutu.

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A gathering of Mrs. Patterson's Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Thursday, April 22, 2021
4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Graveside Service
Forest Lawn Cemetery Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine Street Beaumont, TX 77703
Friday, April 23, 2021
11:00 a.m.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (7)

  • Winona and John Kocurek

    24 April 2021 at 11:43 | #

    I loved this lady, tried to be there for her! I missed my visits with her, good friend!!


  • Rebecca Flowers Dees

    23 April 2021 at 13:26 | #

    Our family's sincerest condolences for your loss. Sue Nell was a longtime dear friend of our late mother Mildred Joyce Flowers. They shared many memories during their long friendship. One of my favorite memories of them together was when we all evacuated to our parents lake house at Toledo Bend in 2005 for hurricane Rita. I never laughed so much while being in their company with one of momma's dear neighbors. It was an experience listening to them share their stories. Sue Nell was an exceptional woman and so thankful that she was mother's best friend. If you can get in trouble in heaven then these two together with Jack and Jay are surely having a great time.


  • Denise BRIDWELL

    22 April 2021 at 22:45 | #

    Sincere condolences to her family. I met Sue my first day on the job at Mehaffy, Weber, Keith & Gonsoulin and we became fast friends, well I think it was fast but in reality it took a while. . I was a country girl that had moved near the big city and Sue never let me forget it! She was larger than life at work - always polished in her appearance with great hair. All the office newbies were scared of her bark which after you got to really know her - was nothing at all. Shortly after I went to work at MWKG, I was sent down to her office to send a fax- I didn’t know what a fax was and my eyes were huge and I was scared to death but she quickly explained it all and showed me how to use it and explained how it worked and I was in awe. She took her job seriously at MWKG and was damn good at it. She was the docketing QUEEN and I learned so much during my time. there, AND - She loved her some double knit white pants and striped shirts❤️. I smile thinking of her and her unique smile and laugh. Great life long memories of her and all my MWKG peeps❤️


  • barbara leicht barbara leicht

    22 April 2021 at 16:49 | #

    IDear York & Kelly,
    I am so very sad to hear that Sue is gone. Our friendship goes back at least 40 years. We spend many hours solving the world's problems sitting around her kitchen table with a little bit of help from my Windsor and water and her Presbyterians. Due to covid and our ages, Tommy and I are still staying away from gatherings so we will not be able to attend her services. She will forever be in a very special place in my heart.. Barbara & Tommy Leicht


  • Jackie Nini Frusha

    21 April 2021 at 22:49 | #

    So sorry to hear of Sue's passing. Sue Patterson was the sweetest lady I have ever known. She was my first mentor in the legal field and someone who would listen and help when you were crying in her office over personal matters. We had so much fun at the office beach retreats. Her yellow typewriter was a hit in the office. She will be surely missed by her children and grandchildren and many friends.


  • Karen Stanfield

    20 April 2021 at 18:27 | #

    Sue has always held the most special place in my heart - and our birthdays were side by side! She was always one of the first people I wanted to call to share my excitement about a very successful trial outcome, simply because Her training and care and dedication to her "girls" is inherent in my work life to this day - she remains that "voice in my head." Her white nails and yellow chair are unforgettable and, as a grandma myself, I understand her chagrin that she was not to fix "real" oatmeal for Baby Travis because he would never eat instant again. I'm sure this baby must have babies of his own now, but that memory from a lifetime ago acknowledges the force that was Sue! And why I ONLY fix "real oatmeal" for my grandkids. I love her so and she will forever remain a presence in the many lives she touched.


  • Karen Walker

    20 April 2021 at 15:58 | #

    My thoughts are with y’all at this sad time... Losing your mom will be very hard for you... You will be in my prayers.. I know she was welcomed with open and loving arms.


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