Erica Diann Patterson

March 18, 1947February 1, 2023
Obituary of Erica Diann Patterson
Erica Diann Patterson (nee Burch), age 75, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2023 in Bryan, Texas surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on March 18, 1947, to Willie Bell Perry and Irving Benjamin Burch II in Houston, Texas. After graduating from Carverdale High School in Houston, Erica attended and graduated from Fisk University in Nashville, TN in May, 1969, with a B. A. in Economics. She then earned an MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco in 1976 and earned a California Teaching Credential from Patten Academy, Oakland, CA. in 1995. Erica worked for Chevron Corporation in San Francisco from June, 1969 to September, 1996. She retired from her position as Supervisor in Welfare Benefits after a 26-year career. She was a devoted Christian woman. In 1981, she married Rev. Dr. Joseph N. Patterson. They shared a life together for 26 years before his death. There were no children from this union. Erica is proceeded in death by her parents, her husband, and 7 of her Perry brothers; and 1 brother on her father’s side. She is survived by her brothers Tyrone Perry and Irving Burch III; her nieces and their families – Themetta (Oscar) Turner, Tiffany Pierce (Laurant) Mixon; nephews and their families – Mack Henry (Naketa) Perry, and William Eric Perry, as well as a host of other nieces and nephews. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Patterson family.

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