Survivors include her children, Dr. John A. L. Patton and his wife, Deborah, of Somerset, Ky., and Rebecca Patton Dixon and her husband, Major Jerry Dixon, USMC Retired, of Stafford, Va.; grandchildren, Amelia Patton Gatewood, Brian and Katy Patton, and Scott Dixon and his wife, Nicole; great-grandchildren, Hunter Gentry Gatewood, Aaron Dixon, and Jackson Dixon; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Her family gave her great joy and happiness over the years.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, or the American Lymphoma Association.
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Cora L. Duke was born Dec. 28, 1935 to James Frank and Rosa Lee Duke in Lexington, Ky. She later married Charles G. Warford, who preceded her in death.
Cora attended New Miami Elementary school. Although she didn’t complete high school it was her lifelong dream to attend college. At the age of 67, Cora enrolled in college courses at Columbus State University.
She left Cleveland in 1990 to embark on a journey and decided to make Jacksonville, Fla. her new home. For 10 years she worked at Hampton Inn as the housekeeping supervisor where she retired in 2000. After retirement, she decided to move to Georgia to be closer to her daughters. In 2003, Cora decided to return to Cincinnati, where she lived until her death.
While residing in Cincinnati, she became the recreational coordinator at Beechwood Senior Living Home. Shortly after, she was sworn in as the President of the CMHA Senior Living Home.
In Cora’s spare time, she enjoyed reading, writing, word games and puzzles. Reading was her passion and her favorite book was the Bible.
Cora never met a stranger. She always had the heart of a servant and always lended a hand to both those who did and didn’t need. She poured a lot of love and wisdom into those who were in her life and she left an impression that will forever be in the hearts of all who came in contact with her.