Virginia Louise Nash Patten

Jun 03, 2014

1927 — 2014

LAKE JUNALUSKA — Virginia Nash Patten, 86, of 114 Wilcox Drive, died peacefully at her home June 1, 2014.

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Ginny was the daughter of the late Lucie Nelson and Commander Thomas Lewis Nash, of the U.S. Navy.  Her sister, Mary Elizabeth Nash Farris, and husband, the Rev. Brooks Patten, also predeceased her.

She was a member of Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church where she participated in the choir and with the United Methodist Women.  A talented artist, she was a member of the Blue Ridge Water Media Society and participated in many exhibitions.  She was a former member of Hugh Rogers Chapter DAR, a member of the Tuscola Garden Club and past president of the Lake Junaluska Woman’s Club.  She volunteered with the Open Door and Meals on Wheels. Ginny was a loving caregiver for her mother, who died in 1995 at age 99, and her husband, who died in 2011 at 93.

As the daughter of a naval officer, Ginny lived all over the world.  She was a graduate of George Washington High School in Alexandria, Virginia, attended Randolph-Macon Women’s College and graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

She was a field director of Girl Scouts in the Wake-Johnston, Wilson Counties Council.  Ginny taught special education and K-3 in North Carolina public schools.  As a minister’s wife, she served as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, UMW member and youth leader.

Ginny is survived by a brother-in-law, Dr. Kemp Jones, of Chapel Hill; her sons and their wives, Read, Don (Ginny), Rob (Lisa), and Tom (Katie); eight grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.  She will be treasured in the memories of her children and grandchildren, with whom she spent many happy hours enjoying the outdoors, water sports, playing games and sharing her love of art and travel.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, with Dr. Ron Robinson and the Revs. Dr. Charles W. “Chuck” Wilson and Bruce Pate officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday prior to the services in the Venue at the church. An interment will be held at Old Chapel Hill Cemetery, Chapel Hill, at a later date.

The family requests memorial gifts be made to one of  Ginny’s favorite charities: Open Door Ministries, 32 Commerce Street, Waynesville, NC 28786; Heifer Foundation, P.O. Box 727, Little Rock AR, 72203; or Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church P.O. Box 459, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745.

Wells Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.  An online memorial register is available at

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