Born June 26, 1923 in Hudson Falls, N.Y., Alberta was the daughter of Margery (Thomas) and Raymond Pelkey.
Alberta was raised in Hudson Falls graduating from Hudson Falls High School, Class of 1941. On August 10,1947, Alberta married E. Harold Patten of Hartford, N.Y. Mr. Patten passed away in 1988. Employed for well over 48 years in the Classified/Advertising Department of the Post Star, she fondly recalled them as good years with good people; amongst them Barb Adams, Kathy Hamel! and Dick Mulcahy.
Alberta was a life-long member of the Hudson Falls United Methodist Church where she also taught Sunday school.
Some of Alberta’s fondest childhood memories were picnicking and berry picking in the Adirondacks to help pay the taxes and camping with her family in Ausable Forks, N.Y. She loved both the first snow of winter and her favorite chore churning the wheel to make maple walnut ice cream with her Mom. In addition to being a history buff, Alberta enjoyed watching professional ice skating, tennis and golf.
But Alberta’s greatest joy was found in her love for her family. Being present in earlier years and then much later through words, pictures and videos, Alberta witnessed the unfolding of her families’ lives. Her family was God’s greatest gift to her and Alberta’s legacy to them is “Because God first loved us, we are able to love one another.”
Besides her parents and husband, Alberta was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Norma Ruth Patten, sisters Violet Mayette and Hilda Hamelin, brothers Alfred and Raymond Pelkey and Alberta’s twin brother Albert.
Her survivors include her four children: Sue Grant of Glens Falls, Paul Patten and his wife Sheila of Hudson Falls, Dean Patten of Plattsburgh and his long-time companion, Debbie Nesbitt of Port Henry, and Breck Patten and his wife Donna of Hadley. She is survived by her five grandchildren: Joel Patten of Hudson Falls, Heather Patten of Hudson Falls, Ben Grant and his wife Julie of Victory Mills, Jen Bhadra and her husband Suv of Menio Park, California, and Samantha Grant of Queensbury. Alberta is also survived by her four great-grandchildren: Micah and Mya Grant of Victory Mills, Alex Grant of Queensbury and Matty Bhadra of Menio Park, California. Several nieces and nephews survive.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Alberta’s memory may be made to the West Glens Falls Emergency Squad, 86 Luzerne Rd. Queensbury, N.Y. 12804.
Private graveside services for the family will be held at Union Cemetery, Upper Broadway in the town of Fort Edward on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 1 p.m.