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Patterson, Belva Emily Orr

Our loving mother, wife, and friend, Belva Emily Orr Patterson, returned home to her Heavenly Father on Monday, May 18, 2009, after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Belva was born Dec. 15, 1936 in Orton. She was the second of six children born to Sidney Ray Orr and Annie LaRetta Miller. Belva was raised in Orton and attended school in Fort Macleod. She was the valedictorian of the F.P. Walshe high school class of 1955. After high school Belva trained to be a school teacher in Calgary and later taught elementary school for three years in Edmonton.
Belva married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Robert Steven Patterson in the Cardston temple on July 2, 1957. They spent 34 years of their married life in Edmonton with a brief stay in Michigan while Bob attended graduate school.
When an administrative opportunity opened at BYU in 1991 they moved to Utah and remained there until their call to serve in Israel. Belva’s family and church service were the core of her life. She cherished her membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was always quietly serving and compassionately helping without fanfare or recognition those in need.

Belva selflessly raised and is survived by four sons, Steven (Shirley) of Wetaskiwin; David (Jeannette) of Edmonton; Douglas (Dawn) of Calgary; and Michael (Nola) of Las Vegas, NV. Her descendants also include 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Belva is also survived by her sisters Audrey (Vic) Burton of Orton and Ruth (Richard) Cypher of Sherwood Park; brothers Allan (Sharlene) Orr of Orton, Dan (Dawne) of Lethbridge and Monty (Ronalee) of Orton, and many nieces and nephews.
Belva was the cheering section literally and figuratively for her husband, children, and grandchildren in all their activities and events. She devoted much of her time and talent to her family. Belva loved to celebrate holidays and decorate the house for every occasion. Belva enjoyed all types of cultural events: plays, musicals and concerts. She kept meticulous detailed scrapbooks and photo albums that are and will be cherished by her descendants.
Belva also loved to travel with Bob and visited many foreign and interesting places during her life. The highlight of these experiences came at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies where they served for 15 months.
Belva served faithfully all her life in the church in many capacities such as cub and blazer scout leader, as a relief society president on four occasions at both the ward and stake levels. Her church service culminated as a temple matron in the Edmonton Alberta temple from 2004-’07. Belva created and passed along a great legacy of faith in Christ, service for His church, and love for her family. Funeral services were held Monday, May 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. in the American Fork Stake Center, 240 South Center St., American Fork. Friends called Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 E., Pleasant Grove and at the church on Monday one hour prior to services.
Interment will be in the Orton Cemetery, Fort Macleod, Canada on Thursday, May 28, 2009.

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