Gloria R. Patterson

Date of Passing:

January 17, 2022

In Loving Memory of Gloria Ruth Patterson

Gloria Ruth Patterson was born on April 7, 1948, in Port Gibson, Mississippi to the late Henry Po-Boy” Patterson and Ruby E. (Storks) Patterson Keeps. She transitioned to her heavenly home on January 17, 2022, at her residence in Providence, Rhode Island, surrounded by her son Michael and daughter-in-law Miss Elizabeth after an extended illness.
Gloria confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and affiliated with numerous churches throughout her life.

Gloria graduated from Addison High School in 1966, where she was well-equipped to face life’s challenges and endeavors. While at Addison, she excelled in track, basketball and was known as the “fast runner”. She also played the trumpet and trombone in the school band. Gloria graduated from Jackson State College in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education.

Gloria was persuaded to apply for a teaching position by her college friend, the late, Ms. Sophia Shields based on her scholastic achievements and her background in athletics plus music. Gloria began her teaching journey at Nathanael Greene Middle School in 1970, where she taught physical education for 6 years. She transferred to Hope High School in 1977 to teach health and physical education. She coached the girls’ basketball, volleyball, and softball teams. Her basketball team won the Rhode Island state basketball championship in 2007. If death’s angel had not called her home, she would have celebrated 46 years of loyal service with plans to continue further based on her passionate love for her students and the Hope High School community. She was inducted into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) and the Rhode Island High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Gloria’s coaching achievements culminated with her selection as the 2006 female High School Coach of the Year. Gloria was a loyal and active member of The Silver and Gold Society where she served as the chairwoman of the Scholarship Committee, which awarded 42 scholarships.

Gloria Ruth was preceded in death by both parents, two brothers, Joseph and Bobby Patterson and grandson, Michael D. Patterson Jr.
She leaves to mourn her passing her son; Michael (Miss Elizabeth) Patterson of Sacramento, CA, a brother; Cornelius (Sherry) E. Patterson from Toledo, OH, three sisters; Jessie Giles, of Cleveland, OH; Jewel and Gladys Patterson both of Toledo, OH; three grandchildren; Ny’arie Patterson, Chance A. Patterson and Nickolos Sims- Patterson; one great-grandson; Marcellus Hunt Jr. and a host of other loving relatives ,nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors, plus her entire Hope High School community.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 12 noon with visitation from 11 AM – 12AM. Burial will follow at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: The Gloria R. Patterson Memorial Scholarship Fund, 395 Blackstone Street, Providence, RI 02905 C/O Betty Duguid.

Online Condolences


  1. My dear Ms. Patterson I’m all the way in Florida and didn’t know til today that you passed. When I didn’t receive a Christmas card I should have known. May you Rest in Paradise my favorite gym teacher. Love and prayers to your family.

  2. I arrived at hope high in 1977 I was this skinny kid from st Edward’s in prov going to a public school for the first time ms Patterson made me feel comfortable at hope and helped me alot with my problems I had at school so sorry for your loss she was an inspiration to many including me . God bless you William cain class of 1981

  3. To the Patterson family: Glo as we called her left a beautiful legacy. I wish I could have been with you family to celebrate her home going. My prayers are with you all. In deepest sympathy with Love your cousin Eva (Sissy) Washington.

  4. I will truly miss you love Sharon Wright

  5. Ms. Patterson, I will never forget the warm muffins that you would have for the students who arrived late and missed breakfast. There was not one day that I would go hungry in the morning because I was always rushing trying to look my best. May you Rest In Peace. I know that you made a difference in a lot of student’s lives.

  6. God save you in a good place Ms. Patterson. Rest in peace, we will miss you.

  7. My dearest Ms. Patterson may you rest in eternal peace. I truly appreciate all your hard work and dedication to us Hope High School students . My condolences to your family. You will be truly missed

  8. My condolences to the Patterson family. With Mrs.Patterson you had a great coach, teacher and friend. She didn’t tolerate any non sense from he students. I will always remember her for years to come..RIP. Class of ’99.

  9. I’ll never forget your kindness to me when I first arrived at Hope. You were always there for our children. Rest in God’s peace.

  10. I’ll never forget your kindness to me when I first came to Hope High School. You were always there for our students. God bless you on your journey home.

  11. Prayer and sympathy to our dear classmate’s family. The Addison High School Class of 1966 of Port Gibson, MS, will cherish the memories of Gloria. ?

  12. My condolences to the Patterson family

  13. Ms. Patterson, you have left a HUGE void at Hope High School and will be missed greatly. RIP Diane West

  14. I am going to miss you Mrs. Patterson I will miss all the Hugs and Kisses throughout these years that we worked together. She will always come and no matter give some love. I will miss you!!! prayers for strength for the family.

  15. Ms. Patterson, i am going to miss your warm loving hugs and kisses and our daily talks. My condolences to your family

  16. In the short time I knew Ms. Patterson as a colleague at Hope High School I learned she was a strong supporter of young people and gave them a sense of purpose and direction.

    Her dedication and passion for teaching and taking care of others made a lasting impact on many.

    May she rest in peace.

  17. Ms. Patterson you were my hero.You were a kind, gentle woman and you touched all of our hearts and I will never forget you. Now you are our Guardian angle.God bless and rest.

  18. Ms. Patterson, you were truly a legend. There hasn’t been a teacher or student in my 15 years at Hope that doesn’t have a fun story or two to share about the impact you had in their lives. Our halls will be forever dimmed by the passing of Hope’s beacon of light. God Bless you, Coach! You will be missed.

  19. Gloria, the students of Hope HS lost a great champion with your passing. You will truly be missed by the whole community.

  20. Ms Patterson your spirit and memory will forever grace the halls of Hope High School. You will be surely missed by everyone. I will especially miss our talks when I passed you everyday outside of the gym as I left for the day. You were a kind, gentle woman and you touched all of our hearts and I will never forget you. God bless and rest now, we will take it from here.

  21. May you rest in peace GP. You were a pillar of Hope .. Lady K (Kristen Vita)

  22. Rest In Heaven Miss Patty Without Your Encouraging Spirit I Would Have Not Graduated In 2011. My Prayers Goes Out To The Family ???

  23. You will be loved and missed. <3
    Ms. Patterson was an amazing teacher that left a mark on generations of students. I remember sitting next to you almost every day in gym class I would always help you put in grades. You would always joke around with me saying “when will You join the girl's basketball team” my response would always be “I’ll think about it” you knew I was never going to join and that made you chuckle. I cherish the moments I spent with you. You always told me I would excel and gave me great advice. You will always be in our hearts and I’ll remember you always ❤️??

  24. My condolences to Ms. Patterson’s Family. She will be greatly missed and I will miss seeing her whenever I visit Hope. She was no nonsense, but meant well and loved her students at Hope. Rest In Heavenly Peace.❤️??

  25. Rest easy patty you was my gym teacher and basketball coach you always made sure I wouldn’t skip the halls in school sending my condolences to your family gonna miss you patty ??

  26. Rest in peace Ms Patterson thank you for being my coach in the girls volleyball team my thoughts and prayers are with you my condolences toy your family she was my volleyball from 2017 -2018

  27. Ms. Patterson was not only my basketball coach and gym teacher but she was family! She and my mother shared a friendship that spanned years and whenever I tried to act grown she had no problem reminding me that she had “the number”! I wanted to give her that Basketball Championship is ‘85 so badly!!! The funny thing is she turned out being my daughter’s gym teacher as they graced the halls of Hope High School! Ms. Patterson will be missed! Rest Easy Ms. Patterson!! AKA Patty Pat!!!

  28. Coach Patterson was an integral part of my Hope High School Years. She gave us a pride, love, and passion for our team, sport, and squad that would carry me through my life today. I still have my championship sweatshirt!!! She definitely was the epitome of a true role model. She gave to her students as if we were all her kids and she will sorely be missed. Condolences to her family and friends and all that crossed her path may your hearts find peace. Sending Love and Light from one of her many students. Lecretia McCollum-Truesdale Class of 89 (84-89)

  29. Gloria thank you for the many years of helping our ppsd students. Your kindness,caring and the love for your job and students will be forever remembered. May you rest in Paradise. ??

  30. She truly was a great blessing, so her passing is a great loss.I pray for her family and the students she generously and lovingly gave her life to.You were a pleasure to know.Rest In Peace ??

  31. Ms.Patterson thank you for being so kind and sweet with me, and for all the time and effort that you dedicated coaching my daughter. You made a great impact on many students at Hope. My Condolences to your friends and family.

  32. Rip Ms.Patterson you left your mark on many people including me and you were an amazing coach to many young girls and taught all of us many life lessons.

  33. My condolences to the family . Ms Gloria Patterson was a wonderful lady. And she will be missed.

  34. I met Ms Patterson my first year at Hope High School, I tried out for the Girls Basketball Team in1982 and made it on the team, she made me feel I was important to her and the team! She was my coach until 1985 when I graduated, Ms Patterson was very kind spirited and she prepared me for the next level of my life after high school, which was college, I am so grateful and thankful for having known her for so long especially her welcomed smile she always had toward me! Sending prayers and condolences to her entire family! God has received his angel, I will miss you forever and ever Ms Patterson, ?❤?

  35. I had the honor and privilege of being a friend and colleague of Gloria at Hope HS for ten years. She was totally dedicated to the health, welfare, and success of all students she came in contact with over the years. Her selflessness and dedication were second-to-none. God Bless & Keep her for a life truly well-lived.

  36. I was just asking about you to Mr Ronzio the day I seen him at a game .I remember the cookies and your track suits !Loved some Miss Patterson as you pushed me through the basketball season .You always smacked me across my head when I acted up !So many memories.My condolences to the Hope High school alumni and her family.She will be missed .God bless .

  37. Rest in Peace, Gloria. You were a legend in your own time.

  38. My High School basketball coach I had at Hope high 84-89 Took is four years to win that championship in 1989 I will forever be happy to have known you. I had two kids you taught also what I do really appreciate is you kept that Championship picture up all your years at Hope and all the kids that I know use to come back and tell me about that picture. Love you Miss Patterson

  39. Gloria,
    You were the best! A life of dedication to your Hope students and a role model to all the young women you coached. My condolences to your family. RIP ?

  40. Ms. Patterson, you were the best and I going to miss you tremendously, until we see each other again.

  41. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Gloria will always be in our hearts.??❤

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