Lela Paterson

Obituary of Lela Lee Paterson

Lela Lee Paterson, 84, passed away January 20, 2019, in Tukwila, Washington.  She was born August 23, 1934, to Gerald and Lydia Clark in Seattle, Washington.  She lived in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood for 52 years.


Lela graduated from Franklin High School in Seattle, and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, and her Master’s in Education from the University of Washington in Seattle.  She was a teacher at Seattle’s Rainier Beach High School.


In 1965, Lela married Peter Paterson in London, England. She was an avid reader, gardener, and political activist.  She loved cats.


Lela is survived by her husband, Peter Paterson; son, Jeremy Paterson; daughter, Elena Paterson; two grandchildren; and one great grandchild.  She was predeceased by her parents, Gerald and Lydia Clark; and brother, Jim Clark.


There will be a private family gathering.



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