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Telephone Operator Dies
Lora June Patterson, 78, of Hazard, died on January
23rd at the Hazard Hospital. She was the daughter of the
late Charles and Martha Smith Patterson and is preceded in death
by one sister - Louise Stacy. Survivors include one
brother - Merrill Patterson of Lexington and a special niece -
Jane Miller. Patterson is pictured on the far right at the
Hazard Telephone Company (in 1961) that was located on High
Street in Hazard.
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My Memories Of Lora June Patterson by Ida Lee
I hate that distance and old age has kept us from visiting
this past year but telephones and cards are a God-send. She was my
bestest pal and we cherished the times we had. My daughters took me
to visit her before she got completely down and they stayed in the vehicle
while we visited and when I got back into the car they both said that they
sat and cried at the friendship they could sense between the two of us.
When they found out she passed they brought up this occasion and told me
to relish on such a friendship as neither of them could think of a friend
they have made down through school, etc. that cared that much about them.
Friendship is a rare treasure in God's great scheme of things, and June
was one of the gems of that treasure.
She feel in love and made a lifetime decision to give her love up to make
sure her parents were taken care of and that she did. She never
forgot her first love and we talked about it many, many times and she said
that she would do it again to make sure her parents were well taken care
of. Then her sister passed and her son was June's to take care of.
Later in life, she and I dated brothers and she became one of Gene's best
friends during his last days. That was June, helping those in need
and putting herself last.
I told her bye in my own way by whispering it into the air here at my
computer and I believe strongly that she may have heard. June,
Louise and their parents are all together again without the pain and
suffering. That thought made it easier to tell her goodbye.