Mark Dewayne Patterson, 51, of Elizabethtown, Illinois passed away at home on July 28, 2016. Mark was born February 11, 1965 in Waukegan, Illinois to Mora and Eva Myers Patterson.
Mark graduated from Hardin County High School in 1983 then went on to attend Southeastern Illinois College and received a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Mark had worked at Turner Manor in Harrisburg, Illinois until it closed. He was employed at CILA House in Harrisburg at the time of his passing.
Mark was dedicated to his job and treated his patients with kindness and compassion.
Mark had a sense of humor and a beautiful smile. He loved his family and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed the country life and raising a garden.
He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew and loved him.
Mark is survived by his two children — a daughter, Trista (Cody) Bolk, Marion, KY, and a son, Dustin Johnson, Eldorado, IL; two stepsons, Cody and Skylar Duncan; and a stepdaughter, Kendra Duncan; his father, Mora Patterson of Elizabethtown, IL; sisters, Linda (Mitch) Ross of Vienna, IL, Shelia (Stan) Brandt of Golconda, IL, Cheryl (Fred) Turner of Lecanto, FL, and Mary (David) Rash of Elizabethtown, IL; one brother, J. C. (Vicky) Patterson, Marion, IL; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Eva Patterson, in 2010; and a very special friend, Sandy Barrett Carter, in 2012.

Hardin County Funeral Services, Cox Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. Funeral services will be held Tuesday August 2, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors from 11:00 a.m. till funeral time. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery.

“After Glow”

I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times,
And bright, sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun.
Of happy memories that I leave behind when day is done.
–By Helen Lowrie Marshall

Mark, you were always very special to us. You were a friend as well as a wonderful brother. It’s so hard to believe that you’re gone. We can’t imagine our lives now without you in it, never seeing your smile or talking to you on this earth again. Nothing will ever be the same again. It’s with a sad goodbye we will be missing you and loving you till we meet again.
Love from your sister Shelia
and all your family.