Jennifer Disney, Ph.D
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Marjorie was born in Union, South Carolina on June 15, 1928. After graduating from Union High School, she attended Columbia College, where she served as President of the Student Body. She was named to Who's Who Among College and University Students in America and was selected Outstanding Senior. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Gamma, honorary leadership fraternity; Alpha Psi Omega, honorary drama fraternity; and Sigma Tau Delta, honorary English fraternity.
After graduating from Columbia College with a B.A. in English, Marjorie began working at the college as Director of Public Relations and Alumni Affairs. Several years later she married Grady Leslie Patterson, Jr. of Calhoun Palls and started a family that eventually grew to include six children.
Considering all of her children as gifts from God, Marjorie realized the importance of passing along a Christian heritage to her children. A priority was given to Sunday worship with Bible reading and prayers every night. Family ties were strengthened by a tradition of gathering around the dinner table, sharing "a meal and plenty of conversation."
Marjorie's belief in leading by example was exemplified in the many volunteer and leadership roles she assumed in her church and community. As a member of Shandon Presbyterian Church, she served in many leadership roles: Elder for three terms. President of Presbyterian Women, and Sunday School teacher. She also served on various committees at Columbia College and has been active in Meals on Wheels, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Sasanqua Garden Club.
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Patterson, Marjorie Faucett; Trobridge, Lynn; and Timmons, Laura, "Interview with the Daughters of Marjorie Faucett Patterson" (2015). South Carolina Mother of the Year Oral History Archives. 11.