West Hartford

Edith M. Patterson, educator

Edith M. "Edie" Patterson, a former St. Paul's School educator, died Aug. 1 of an autoimmune disease at The Highlands, a retirement community in Topsham, Maine. The longtime Homeland resident was 81.

The daughter of an insurance executive and a homemaker, Edith Melcher was born in Hartford, Conn., and raised in West Hartford, Conn., where she graduated in 1949 from William H. Hall High School.

After graduating in 1952 with a bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut State University, Mrs. Patterson began her teaching career in West Hartford, where she met the Rev. Robert Place Patterson, an Episcopal vicar, in 1955.

The couple married in 1956 and later moved...