Marlis Jean Patten, 84

July 13, 1938 - January 28, 2023

Marlis Jean Patten was born on July 13, 1938, in Iowa City, Iowa. She was the daughter of Viola Herbst. She attended school at Harlan Community Schools. In 1955 Marlis was united in marriage to Duane Patten. They were the parents of six children: Steve, Larry, Garry, Ronnie, Danny, and Jane.
 Marlis spent many years as a stay-at-home mom raising her children. She then worked at the holiday inn and was famous for her pies. She  also worked doing home health for many years. She loved going to garage sales and  picking up items for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with anyone else that was in need. She took pride in her appearance, never leaving the house without her hair and makeup done. She and her great granddaughter Natalie Patten shared a special bond and Natalie brought out the best times in Marlis, always ready to have some fun. Most of all she loved her family but had a Marlis way of showing it. If you know you know.
 Marlis passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at her home in Harlan Iowa, attaining the age of eighty-four. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband Duane, child Larry Patten, siblings Leonard Herbst, Rhonda Wendt.
 She is survived by her children, Steve Patten(Carol Erb) of Harlan, Iowa; Garry Patten (Jeni Swanbon) of Magnolia, Texas; Ron Patten ( Lawanda Kotwitz) of Magnolia, Texas; Danny (Faye) Patten of Earling, Iowa; Jane Olson of Panama, Iowa; 12 grandchildren, many great grandchildren; and a select few special friends.
A Private Family Service was held at Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 1:00 PM.
Pauley Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



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