Grace Ann Patton was born on November 17, 1948 in San Diego, California. She was the fourth child of seven children born to Bertha and Otha Patton. Grace Ann was raised in Chula Vista, (Otay) California and moved to San Diego with her family at the age of eleven years old. She attended San Diego Unified School District.
Grace Ann, who was later called Gracie, was a loving daughter, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She always had an open door policy and never said no to anyone in need. She loved her children unconditionally. As a single mother she did everything she could to provide and protect her children. She had a beautiful heart, smile, soul, spirit, and gave the best hugs and kisses, and then she would say “I love you baby.” Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to her.
Gracie lived a very private life, she would love on you and was very down to earth. If you crossed her, she would most definitely let you know and at the same time would feed you and give you a place to lay your head. Music made her heart happy; she loved her music and every month she would have someone take her to the record shop to buy at least 5-10 albums, she had crates stacked on top of crates full of albums and knew all the words to the songs. She was also known for being a very good cook; she made the best pea salad and macaroni salad, and too many other dishes to name. She also had some favorite sayings: “Sho ya’ll right” and “I heard it”.
Gracie was preceded in death by both parents Otha Lee Patton, Bertha Patton, and her oldest sister Sherfaye Patton.
Grace Ann Patton leaves to cherish her memory her four loving children, Cornell Jenkins (Ruth), Tyrone Giles (Cecilia), Irishalynn Ellis Brister, Tommy Lamont Ellis and Benji (Dog/baby); two brothers and three sisters, Terry Patton, Delores Buggs, Rachel Patton, Arnold Patton (Linda) and Gwen Murphy; twelve grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and many friends.
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