Marla Ann Patterson

National City, Michigan
June 3, 1959 - July 19, 2020

Service Location

New Hope Church, 686 Aulerich Road, East Tawas, Michigan 48730


A celebration of Marla’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 6, 2020 at New Hope Church, 686 Aulerich Road, East Tawas, Michigan 48730.

Obituary Notice

Marla Ann Patterson, age 61, of National City, Michigan passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, Michigan.

Marla was born June 3, 1959 in Tawas City, Michigan to the late Herbert and Dorothy (Lewis) Oates. She was a graduate of Tawas High School, class of 1977. She married Joseph Patterson in 1980 and together they raised two children, Amy and Jeremy. Marla was a member of New Hope Church and Sand Lake Association where she was active in the community. She enjoyed playing volleyball, gardening, taking walks, fishing, taking pictures, golf cart rides with Joe, and social gatherings with family and friends where she always had a smile on her face.

Marla is survived by her daughter, Amy Patterson of Sterling Heights, Michigan; son, Jeremy Patterson of National City, Michigan; sister, Shirley Niles of Grand Rapids, Michigan; nieces, Tiffany and Melissa; nephews, Sean, Ricky, Eric and Tyler; numerous cousins and countless friends all whom will miss her dearly. In addition to her parents, Herbert and Dorothy, Marla was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph in 2016.

According to Marla’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 6, 2020 at New Hope Church, 686 Aulerich Road, East Tawas, Michigan 48730. Reverend John Brock will officiate. She will be laid to rest in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at


Memory Gardens Cemetery, Tawas City, Michigan


So very sorry to hear Marla has passed away, she was always a very nice person. My condolences to her family and friends
— Patricia ( Johnroe) Eskew
So sorry to hear of her passing, she was always full of smiles and a great lady to be around. I had the honors of being around her while working for her other half Joe. May she rest in heaven with her sidekick by her side. God bless
— Loretta King
My sweet cousin Marla you will be missed so very much!
— Lynn Marie Oates
Amy and Jeremy ,
Sorry about your mom , she was a special person , had lots of fun with her . She truly was, one of a kind !
— Dennis and Jason , cousins
So, very sorry to hear of Marla's passing. She and Joe are reunited once again. Condolences to the entire family.
— Laura (Kruse) Cassiday
My brother and I worked with her in the CETA program. She was a joy to be around. Seen her at Walmart once in a while. Would say hello as if it wasn't 40 years had passed. Will miss her.
— James Barnes
Dear Amy and family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Let this time of sorrow and loss transition into peace and joy.
Through this journey of mourning you will gain strength from all the great memories you have shared.
Your loved one will always remain within your hearts.
— George Neumann
So sorry to hear this news, now Marla can join Joe and enjoy their walks side by side.
— Mary K. GERSCH

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