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Jean Welliver Patton

Jean Welliver Patton “Judy,” 78, of Berlin, died peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, surrounded by family.  
Born in Flushing, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Allan J. Welliver and Jean Murray Welliver.
Judy grew up in Wayne, Pa. and graduated from Radnor High School in Radnor, Pa. She later graduated from Endicott Junior College in Beverly, Mass. She worked as a secretary at Wyeth Laboratories where she met her future husband, Thomas J. Patton (deceased). She earned a degree for childhood education from Harcum College and taught as an assistant nursery school teacher at St. David’s Nursery School.
She is survived by her daughters, Catherine Anne Patton and husband, Stephen Farr, Elizabeth P. Mulholland and husband, Andrew Spillard, of Wayne, Pa.; sister, Joan C. Welliver of West Chester, Pa.; grandchildren, Savanna J. Hastings of Berlin and Christina L. Mulholland and Michael M. Mulholland of Wayne, Pa. She is survived by her devoted dog, Emma.
Judy was a dedicated mother and wife and actively supported her husband, Tom, as they retired to Berlin and invested in the revitalization of Berlin. Together, they purchased and restored The Eagle Hotel and The Odd Fellows Building on Main Street, and ultimately, The Globe Theater, where she was a constant fixture and support to her daughter Kate’s business.
Judy volunteered throughout her life, beginning with Sugartown Elementary School and then Radnor Hunt Pony Club where she became a co-district commissioner. She was active in her support of Tom’s passion in historic preservation with St. Martins Church and the Rackliffe House. More recently, she dedicated her service to Diakonia Thrift Store, Coastal Hospice Thrift Store and The Church Mouse for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
A service will be held Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 at 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, Md., 21802, or Lower Shore Land Trust, 9931 Old OC Blvd., Berlin, Md. 21811 or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3 Church St. P.O. Box 429, Berlin, Md. 21811.
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Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.