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Joy Patton

Joy K. Patton

Wednesday, May 21st, 1947 - Sunday, March 15th, 2020
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Joy K. Patton, 72

Joy K. Patton, 72 of Ashland passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020 in University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center.

She was born on May 21, 1947 in Ashland the daughter of the late Roy and Jacqueline (Wise) Gorton.
Joy graduated from Ashland High School, Class of 1968. She went on to complete her nurse’s training.
On January 10, 1970, Joy married Donald L. Patton Sr.

Joy retired after more than 10 years from Central Star Home Health and was previously employed by Richland County New Hope for 20+ years.

Throughout her life, Joy was an avid vegetable and flower gardener. She enjoyed playing cards on Wednesday with her 1 to 5 club.

Joy was a fun loving, kind hearted, funny women who had never met a stranger. Her great smile and laugh were infectious.

In her later years, Joy was an avid Farmville enthusiast reaching the 3,000 level and enjoyed keeping up with friends on FACEBOOK.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Michelle (Timothy) Denny of Anna, Texas; her furry son, Bruiser; one stepdaughter, Kelly Patton-Cook; and one step-son, Donald Patton Jr.; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one brother, Gary (Barbara) Gorton of Ashland; and a brother-in-law, Richard Houchin of Lodi.

In addition to her parents, Joy is preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Donald L. Patton Sr. who passed away on January 17, 2016; and one sister, Cindy Houchin.

In keeping with Joy’s wishes no services will be observed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 7720 Rivers Edge Dr Ste 126, Columbus, OH 43235.

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Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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Karen Robinson

Posted at 10:55am
I was very sorry to hear about the loss of a wonderful woman. Joy was a fun loving, caring lady and gave so much to her family, her patients and the community. I was able to work with Joy for 10 years and shared so much with her, always enjoying when she called me and we would talk forever. She will be missed by many but the memories of this beautiful lady will last forever. My thoughts and sympathies are with the family at this time.

Joan Stauffer

Posted at 12:25pm
Dear Family. I am so sorry to hear of Joy's passing, We had a lot of good times working together at Collins and New Hope, we were each others support during some difficult times. I know she is back with Don and breathing so much better. Sending my prayer your way in this difficult time. She has been in my prayers for several years and now all of you will be for comfort. Blessings to all. Joan (Joanie) Stauffer

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