Wilma “Pat” Hoke, 91, of Newton died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Abernathy Laurels in Newton, N.C. Born Aug. 8, 1922, in Cameron, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Minnie Lemon Patterson and Archie Lee Patterson. The Patterson family moved to Conover, N.C. when Pat was in grade school, and Newton-Conover has been her home since that time.
She was married to Woodrow Finley Hoke on June 17, 1945, and was married for 54 years. She was a member of Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ in Conover. Wilma was actively involved in the life of Trinity UCC in Conover, where over the years she taught Sunday school, was a member of the Women’s Guild, served on the Consistory, and provided hundreds of meals for various occasions. One of her favorite past-times was to decorate the sanctuary for special occasions, especially during the Christmas and Easter seasons. Wilma was an example to live by, and an inspiration to many that entered her life. Furthermore, she was a life member of The Good Earth Garden Club, volunteered for over a quarter century in various capacities at The Catawba Valley Medical Center and was recognized as a lead volunteer for the Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Red Cross auxiliary. She was a “helping hand” volunteer for Hospice of Catawba Valley and was recognized for her services in the Catawba County Department of Social Services Home-Delivered Meals program.
She was preceded in death by her loving parents, Archie and Minnie Patterson; and her loving husband, Woodrow Hoke.
Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Dr. S. Kay Hoke of Gettysburg, Pa., and Ms. Mary Anne Hoke of Denver, Colo.; one granddaughter, Sarah Abigail Hoke-Brady of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two sons-in-law, Dixon Brady of Gettysburg, Pa., and David Gitelman of Denver, Colo.; brothers, Ed Patterson and James Patterson; and sister, Marie Hardin.
A service of remembrance was Monday at Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ in Conover. Rev. Lonny McSherley officiated. Burial will follow at the Catawba Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family requests that memorials may be made to The Children’s Ministry associated with Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ at 217 Second Ave. N.E., Conover, N.C. 28613.
Condolences may be sent to the Hoke family at www.drumfh-conover.com.
The Hoke family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremations in Conover, N.C.