Martha Kay (Turner) Patterson

October 7, 1940 ~ April 18, 2021 (age 80)


Martha Kay Patterson, 80, of Davenport, died Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Funeral services celebrating her life will be at 11:00am Saturday May 1, 2021 at St.

Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport with visitation at the church on Saturday from

9:30am until the time of services. Burial will be at Oakdale Memorial Gardens.

Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

Martha Kay Turner was born October 7, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia and was the

daughter of John and Lois (Norment) Turner. She was united in marriage to Richard

Patterson (her highschool sweetheart) on August 26, 1961.

Kay was always the guiding force behind her husband, children and grandchildren that

helped lift each of them up and guided them to pursue their dreams while being their

most enthusiastic supporter.

When they moved to Davenport, Kay fell in love with her adopted city. The Chicago

Lakefront became the inspiration for “Riverfront is for You,” a 1980 initiative with Dr.

Ronn Hofmann for creating a more open riverfront. A tireless planner, fundraiser, and

promoter of River Action for over 30 years, she asked for nothing but the optimism she

herself embodied. Kay was a joy; a cuter personality we will never know. Her legacy:

work tirelessly for what you believe in.

Those left to honor her memory include her loving husband of over 59 years, Richard,

and their children; Elizabeth (Chris) Tadych, Oswego, Illinois, Richard (Mona) Patterson

Jr., and Rebecca Patterson, all of Minneapolis, Minnesota; grandchildren; Nicholas,

Andrew, Lauren and William Tadych, Anna and Sarah Patterson; her brother, Al (Anne)

Turner, Winfield, Illinois; and numerous extended family and great friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Lynn Miller.

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to River Action Inc.

To send flowers to Martha's family, please visit our floral store.


May 1, 2021

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Paul Lutheran Church
2136 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803

Funeral Service
May 1, 2021

11:00 AM

May 1, 2021

Oakdale Memorial Gardens
2501 Eastern Avenue
Davenport, IA 52803

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