Resolution J230-2013

Mourning the death of Mary Elizabeth Patience, devoted mother and tireless volunteer throughout her community



  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 18, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the death of Mary Elizabeth Patience,
devoted mother and tireless volunteer throughout her community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay  just  tribute
to  citizens  of the State of New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Patience, died on  Wednesday,  January
9, 2013, at the age of 91; and
  WHEREAS,  A  resident  of  Kingston, New York, for more than 50 years,
Betty Patience was born on May 16, 1921, in Schenectady,  New  York,  to
William B. and Elizabeth V. McEvoy Pomeroy; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1939,  Betty  Patience graduated from St. Columba's High
School, where she served as Secretary of her senior class; and
  WHEREAS, Following high school,  Betty  Patience  graduated  from  the
Spencer  School  of  Business;  in  the  early 1950s, she attended Siena
College in Loudonville, New York, and was a member of the  Beta  Omicron
Sorority; and
  WHEREAS,  Prior  to attending Siena College, Betty Patience accepted a
position with General Electric,  working  in  the  Personnel  Employment
Office; she was responsible for screening employment submissions as well
as interviewing applicants; and
  WHEREAS,  While  at  General Electric, Betty met Victor Patience; they
were married on May 8, 1954, at St. Columba's Church; the  couple  relo-
cated  to the Kingston area in 1957, after Victor began working for IBM;
  WHEREAS, Together, Betty and Victor Patience owned  and  managed  nine
rental  properties  in  both  the Town of Ulster and in Schenectady, New
York; and
  WHEREAS, A valued and involved member of her community, Betty Patience
was a member of the General Electric Women's Club; the Schenectady Coun-
ty Women's Club; and the National  Secretaries'  Association  where  she
served  as  Corresponding  Secretary  for  the  Schenectady  Chapter for
several years; and
  WHEREAS, Having been active in politics in Schenectady,  while  living
in Kingston, Betty Patience served the Town of Ulster as a Committeewom-
an for District 12, and was an election inspector for many years; and
  WHEREAS, Devoted to her children, Betty Patience was an avid volunteer
at  St.  Catherine  Laboure  School where her sons attended, and also at
John A. Coleman Catholic High School, from  which  her  sons  graduated;
furthermore, she was a Den Mother for Cub Scout Pack 39; and
  WHEREAS,  In 1992, Betty and Victor established the Victor F. Patience
and Mary Elizabeth Patience family scholarship endowment for the benefit
of students attending John A. Coleman Catholic High School in  Kingston;
since  its creation, over 75 scholarships have been granted to deserving
scholars; and
  WHEREAS, Imbued with an adventurous  spirit,  Betty  Patience  was  an
ardent  traveler,  having  visited  most  of  the  50 States and much of
Europe; and
  WHEREAS, Those fortunate to have known Betty  Patience  will  remember
her many random acts of kindness; this remarkable woman would frequently
call  neighbors  in  need of groceries or transportation, or just to say
hello; she also not once, but twice saved the lives of people  who  were
choking; and
  WHEREAS,  Predeceased  by her sisters, Alice Pomeroy and Ruth Tyndall,
and her husband, Victor F. Patience, Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Patience  is
survived  by  her  three  sons, Victor Russell (Janet) Patience, Francis

William Patience and Thomas Michael (Lisa)  Patience;  three  grandchil-
dren, Colin William Thomson Patience, William Thomas Patience and Hannah
Elizabeth Patience; and one brother, William B. Pomeroy; as well as four
nephews; and
  WHEREAS,  Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Patience was a woman of strong family
values and unwavering loyalty whose warm smile and  true  kindness  were
generously  given  for  the benefit of her family and her community; she
will be deeply missed and truly merits  the  grateful  tribute  of  this
Legislative Body; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
celebrate the benevolent life of Mary Elizabeth Patience, and to express
its deepest condolences to her family; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Mary Elizabeth Patience.


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