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She was known for service
WWII nurse passes away at age 93

A Versailles woman who was an officer in World War II but known for her quiet service to others, passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. Wilma B. Patterson, 93, was inducted into the US Army in 1944, where she rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant with the Army Nurses Corp, serving in France. This is also where she met her husband Oliver “Pat” Patterson, who was an x-ray technician and later became editor of The Versailles Republican.

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After marriage, she worked in civilian life as a nurse and was very involved in the community. However, it was her thoughtful ways that many remember of her. She frequently sent cards to sick friends, or visited them at home or in the hospital and nursing homes, and did not like to bring attention to any service she did.

Wilma was very dedicated to the Tyson United Methodist Church, and leading a Christian life was important to her. Wilma passed away at the Sun Coast Hospice Center in Pinellas Park, Florida. She was born at Jefferson, PA in Greene County on July 10, 1922 the daughter of William and Carra Hill Bennett. She was married to Oliver S. Patterson on September 5, 1946 and he preceded her in death on June 1, 2001. Survivors include three daughters: Judy Sanders of Versailles, Janice (Roger) Skinner of Indianapolis, and Sue (Gus) Dunker of Madison; 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; one brother Ewing Bennett of Tucson, Arizona. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Robert Bennett and William Bennett, and her son-in-law Archie Sanders.

She graduated from the Washington Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, Pennsylvania and was inducted into the US Army on July 1, 1944 where she rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant with the Army Nurses Corp of the 193rd General Hospital in Verdun, France. For her service in WWII she received the WWII Victory Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. She was discharged from the service on March 8, 1946 and in civilian life worked as a registered nurse at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

Wilma was a member of the Tyson United Methodist Church in Versailles where she participated in United Methodist Women’s group. She was also a member of the Versailles American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Home Art home economics club, the former Fortnightly Study Club in Versailles, and enjoyed playing bridge in the Osgood and Versailles clubs.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 16 at 11a.m. at the Tyson United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Dixon officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles with military honors by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Tyson United Methodist Church Endowment Fund or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

Repeat offender charged again

An Osgood man is facing new drug-related charges following a traffic stop in Greensburg and leading police on a chase. Russell N. McKay, 34, of Flatrock Road in Osgood, who has several previous convictions, is facing new felony charges for Dealing and Possession of Methamphetamine, and misdemeanor counts of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia, reports the Greensburg Daily News.

McKay was arrested January 4 by Greensburg Police after he allegedly disregarded a stop sign on North Street, and then made a left turn without signaling. Police say McKay refused to stop, and continued on at a high rate of speed before nearly wrecking his vehicle. He told police he didn’t notice the emergency lights because he was in a hurry to visit a friend in the hospital. During a search of McKay and his vehicle, police say they uncovered a bag of marijuana, several small bags containing methamphetamine, and a broken glass pipe. McKay has a lengthy arrest record. He told police the meth was for him, that it was packaged differently because he bought it from different people, however, prosecutors believe he was dealing drugs.

McKay’s prior convictions of Domestic Battery in 2015, Resisting Law Enforcement in 2014, Theft in Jennings County in 2012, and Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury in 2006 have led prosecutors to seek a habitual offender sentencing that could add time to the suspect’s sentence if convicted.
McKay is currently incarcerated on $150,000 bond. He is scheduled to face trial on May 4 in Decatur County Circuit Court.

Local Bulletin Board

Town Hall meeting with Randy Frye Saturday, Jan. 23

State Representative Randy Frye will be holding a Town Hall meeting Saturday, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. at the Ripley County Commissioners Room in Versailles.

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