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

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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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