ENOSBURG FALLS - Lila M. Patch, age 92, passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the St. Albans Health & Rehab Center.
She was born on February 3, 1926 in Bakersfield to the late Elmer & Rosie (Whitehead) Taylor.
Lila graduated from Brigham Academy in 1944. After high school she went to work for American Optical in Brattleboro before working for Fonda Container in St. Albans. Lila married Merritt Patch in 1946. In 1964 they moved to Richford where Lila worked at the dry cleaners and Northland Hockey Stick Factory until 1975. They also owned and operated the trailer park on Troy Street in Richford for 21 years. In 2000, Lila moved into the Riverbend Apartments in Enosburg Falls. Lila was a member of the Richford United Methodist Church, the Golden Age Club in Richford, the Old Card Club in Enosburg Falls, the womens Cribbage League and a 20-year Auxiliary member of the American Legion Post #42 in Enosburg Falls.
She is survived by her children, Stephen Patch and his wife Barbara of Bakersfield, and Randy Patch and his wife Deanna of Littleton, NH; four grandchildren, Tina Kelley, Wendy Nichols, Mark Patch, and Jamie Patch; eight great grandchildren, Trica, Tiffany & Timothy Cassidy, Tyler Kelley, Trevor Patch, Cody Hill, Cheryl-Ann Patch, and Bianca Patch; nine great great grandchildren; her brother-in-law, Richard Longe of Sheldon; her sister-in-law, Shirley Taylor of Enosburg Falls; dear friends, Elaine Larivee & Peanut Morgan; and several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents, Lila was predeceased by her husband, Merritt Patch; her daughter, Paula Jablonski; her siblings, Elmer Taylor & Shirley Longe; and her significant other, Wendell Savage.
Lilas family would like to thank the staff from St. Albans Health & Rehab for the great care she received over the past year.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. Interment will follow in the West Enosburgh Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Saturday at Spears Funeral Home from 10:00 AM until the hour of the service.
For those who wish, contributions in Lilas memory may be made to the Richford United Methodist Church, c/o Carolyn Smith, 49 Magoon Rd., Richford, VT 05478 or to the American Legion Post #42 Auxiliary, P.O. Box 1228, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.
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