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Wilma Patton

White-haired woman wearing glasses

Wilma Patton

Wilma Patton was a most beloved South Glens Falls resident whose career spanned several generations. A native of Colchester, Vermont, she first moved to South Glens Falls in 1958. She and her husband owned the old A&W Drive-­‐in on Route 9 (now Mr. Bill’s) until 1971, when they sold the business and she became the secretary at Tanglewood Elementary School, where two of her three children attended.

Wilma and Tanglewood principal John Carayiannis made quite a team. John was the leader, but Wilma ran the office. Her kind-­‐hearted compassion and sensitivity made the principal’s office a safe haven for many students.

Wilma’s involvement in the community went well beyond her 20-­year tenure at Tanglewood. She was active in the South Glens Falls United Methodist Church, singing in the choir for many years and also serving on the membership committee. She served as secretary of the Moreau Planning Board for 15 years. She also served as an election monitor for many years, a job that suited her to a “T.” She would greet voters as they entered the gymnasium, and she knew everyone! She was in her glory on Election Day.

At Tanglewood, Wilma thought it was important to know the students’ names, especially the kindergarteners. She said that their faces would light up whenever called by name. She often said that the twenty years she worked for the South Glens Falls School system were the best of her career.

Wilma passed away in 2013 at the age of 90. She had three children: Gary, Judy Ture and Gail Godfrey, and four grandchildren: Brandon and Dylan Ture, and Hannah and Chelsea Godfrey.