Ione Hickman Patton, age 93 years, 10 months, and 25 days, passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 in Somerset, Ky.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the St Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Somerset, Ky.
Burial will follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. Friday at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home in Whitley City, Ky.
She was born Nov. 17, 1919 in the Yamacraw Hilltop community in McCreary County, Ky. to Albert Hickman and Nola White Hickman. Ione attended Sullivan Business School in Louisville after graduating high school.
She was an avid gardener and outdoors woman who loved fishing. Ione was the true definition of an altruistic woman who was committed to serving her community in Stearns, Pine Knot, and Louisville. She had served as the President of the Stearns School Board in the Stearns school district, President of the Stearns PTA, and she was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. She was a member of the Kentucky-Indiana Herb Society and of the Laurel Heights Chapter 288 Order of the Eastern Star where she served as Worthy Matron from 1964 until 1965. She attended Stearns First Baptist Church and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Somerset.
Ione met her beloved husband, John Warren Patton, during WWII while working on the Manhattan Project, a project that built the first atomic bomb that eventually ended WWII. She also served as a navigator for the Women’s Air Corps during the war. She and John were wed in April 1945 in Amarillo, Texas and enjoyed 65 years of marriage before his death in 2010. After their retirement, the couple enjoyed travelling to many countries.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; brothers, Max “Tubby” Hickman and Harold J. Hickman; her twin sister, Leone Prater; sister, Mildred Worley; and John’s brothers and sisters to whom she was a beloved sister-in-law.