Frances Martin Faire Patterson, a 15 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in Torrance. Born in New Kensington, PA, Frances was 90 when she died. She was a member of Fellowship of the South Bay Baptist Church, and an active member of First Baptist Church, North Vandergrift, Pa. Frances was a graduate of Har-Brack High School and was employed by Allegheny Ludlum for 1 1/2 years during World War II. She then became the first African American employed as a cashier-bookkeeper by the Wise Shop Clothing store where she worked for 15 years. She was hired by the County of Armstrong, Pennsylvania as an Assessment Officer Clerk and subsequently became the first African American to become Director of Assessments and Revenue. After 22 years she retired and then returned to work in her nephew's medical offices in Pittsburgh, PA. Frances loved people, taught Sunday School and always had a beautiful smile on her face for everyone, especially for her grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Frances was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling. Frances is survived by her daughter, Judith Crosby of Torrance, CA; brother, John (Joyce) Martin of Los Angeles, CA; step-son, Theodore (Dorothy) Patterson of Sacramento, CA; step-son, James (Jean) Patterson of North Carolina; 6 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Lillian Martin; husband Theodore Patterson Sr; sisters Rachel Martin, Pauline Martin Flood, Anne Josephine Martin Manley; brothers Robert, Hubert and Peter Martin. The Memorial Service will be held at Fellowship of the South Bay Baptist Church on Wednesday March 28, 2012 at 11am followed by a reception at the church. A memorial service will take place in Pennsylvania, followed by burial at Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell, PA. Flowers may be sent to White and Day Colonial Mortuary, 901 Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

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  1. With our Sincere Deep Sympathy. Frances was a very special beautiful spirit and will be missed.

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Aunt Francis will be missed and I’m proud to have been her nephew. Her smile brightens up my world and just in mentioning her name, brings a smile to my lips. Her wisdom, love and kindness made her a beautiful woman for all to share who knew her. She will be missed but my memories of her will remain in my heart forever. I will miss her for she was the perfect role model to follow. Love you, John, Crystal, Joshua, Brittany and Taimel

  3. I knew and loved Frances. She always had a smile for everyone and was a very lovely lady. In fact, I knew the whole Martin family. Her children, grand children, and great grand children have my prayers. Make sure you give you life to Christ and accept Him your Lord and Savior and you can see her again. She is in a better place. God Bless and Keep you all. Love, Aarie Holt-Scruggs and Family

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. Frances and I rode together to the Armstrong County Courthouse in the 1970’s, I just loved her and never knew what became of her after I quit working for the County. She was just a beautiful person.

  5. Judy, and family I have precious memories of your mother and my family since I was a child.She was a lovely person who was loved by all who knew her. Remember Psalms 121:1-2 LOOK to JESUS who will give you strength in times like these and the fact that all of GOD’S children will one day be together in Heaven. We will see her again. In memory of my Aunt Frances, her GOD-SON Bobby Lewis and his wife Frances Lewis.

  6. We will miss dear Frances deeply. We shared each other’s presence for the last 15 years here at La Terrazza and I am filled with gratitude for this. Your beautiful smile radiated upon us here. The sound of your soft and warm laughter brought a sense of peace and happiness to us here. Your presence alone touched so many of us daily. You were like the flowers you often tended to… so beautiful, so kind, so strong. You were, and forever are an extraordinary and special person. It was a privilege to have you as our neighbor, and a great loss now without you. In the remainder of my life, I will never forget the gift of your precious smile. I can see you in the gardens of Heaven peacefully tending to the flora, spreading your inner beauty and love ever more. Thank you God, for Frances. Judith, please know that you are deep in our hearts and thoughts through this most difficult time. Love, Kathy & Chieko

  7. I am so sad. Mrs. P was one of my most favorite people ever. Growing up I wished she was my mother. She had a calmness and beautiful smile and great laugh. I loved spending time with her. We cooked …chili and cookies. She was my dads right hand in the church. And she made chex mix. I have so many fond memories.

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