Mary Patten


WESTERVILLE -- Mary M. Patten, 91, of Westerville, Ohio, formerly of Defiance, passed away on March 11, 2014, at St. Ann's Hospital, Westerville, Ohio.

She was born on July 21, 1922 to Arthur and Myrtle (Buckalman) Smith in Defiance. She graduated from Defiance High School in 1940. In 1947, she married Robert W. Patten. Mary and Robert lived in Defiance, and ran Mary & Bob's Grocery from 1954-65 and Mary & Bob's Inn from 1965-98. Mary was a member of St. John's Catholic Church.

Mary is survived by her daughters, Penny Patten of Westerville, Ohio, and Diane McCumber of Indiana; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by father, Arthur Smith; mother, Myrtle Seither; husband, Robert Patten; and sisters, Norma Jean Ordway and Margaret Corso.

Visitation will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 9-11 a.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, Ohio. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, Ohio, with Father Todd Dominique officiating.

Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Fort Defiance Humane Society. Online condolences can be given at

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  • Penny,

    I am sorry to learn of Mary's passing. My brother and I worked with your parents at Mary and Bob's and it was a blessing to know them both.

    Our condolences to you and the entire family.

    Greg Yeager

  • Dear Penny, I send my best regards to you and your family. You are all in my prayers. Mary Lou ( Zedaker ) Lucek

  • Penny,


    Although I did not know Mary for very long, I felt like I had known her for years. She had such a kind heart and soul and it always radiated on her face whenever we visited. Kirbi and I so enjoyed visiting with you and Mary and you both always made us feel so welcome. We had many laughs (mostly at Kirbi's expense :) I will always have a special place in my heart for your mother and will miss her dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you and please know that Kirbi and I are always here for you.

    Jane and Kirbi