Cobb, Mary Patterson

November 04, 2005

On November 1, 2005, MARY PATTERSON COBB, died at her home in Portland, Oregon. She was 85 years old. Born June 26, 1920 she was the daughter of Carl V.S. Patterson and Catherine Allen Patterson of Towanda, PA. She graduated from Towanda Area High School in the Class of 1938 and continued her education at Randolph Macon Women's College in Virginia. On February 28, 1942 Mary Patterson married Jack R. Cobb of Fox Chase Farms, Towanda at the First Presbyterian Church in Towanda, PA. Preceded in death by her husband, Mary P. Cobb was a resident of Baltimore, Maryland for over 60 years before moving to Portland, Oregon a year ago. Mary P. Cobb loved to travel abroad and to support the arts and community projects. She was a member of the Johns Hopkins Club, the Walter Arts Gallery, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Baltimore Zoo, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She was a needlepoint artist and an accomplished seamstress. Her home reflected her love of vibrant colors, her attention to detail, and her integration of the old with the new. Surviving are her children Frank Cobb of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Lucille Nurkse of Brooklyn, New York, and Katherine Cobb of Portland, Oregon. Her grandchildren are Abraham Cobb, Sonia Nurkse, and Ari Shillock. Other remaining family members are her nephew and three nieces. In addition to her husband, Mary P. Cobb was preceded in death by her mother, Katherine Allen Patterson, in 1992, her father, Carl V.S. Patterson, in 1965, her brother, John Frank Patterson, in 1944, and her sister Elizabeth (Bee) Forsyth in 2000. The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 5, 2005 from 3 to 5 P.M. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Avenue, Towanda, PA. A private graveside service will be held at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mary P. Cobb may be made to The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21043 (www.cbf.org).

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