On the afternoon of December 23, with her beloved husband John and dog Punkin’ at her side, Mary Louise (Soles) Patton, 67, of Virginia Beach, VA, slipped her earthly bonds and joined her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in heaven. Considering her deep abiding Christian faith, it was no coincidence that she left this earth in time to celebrate the birth of Jesus in His heavenly home.
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Mary was born in Portsmouth, VA, on March 22, 1952; the daughter of Donnie and Jewell (Hester) Soles. She attended Cradock High School in Portsmouth before eventually becoming the epitome of a true professional salesperson. During her very successful career in sales, she was an award-winning recipient who achieved top salesperson status for many years. Co-workers of Mary’s were unfailingly grateful to her for being one to share her methods of sales success enabling them to improve their own sales records. Throughout her life Mary was known for being a very humble, kind, and giving sweet soul who never hesitated in trying to help others when she saw a need. One of her greatest assets was her unique ability to sit and “listen” when others needed someone to listen. She was one who always gave her undivided attention, making one feel they were the most important person in the world when interacting with her. Perhaps Mary’s greatest love in her life’s journey was her deep devotion to her faith and to her Savior Jesus Christ. She was one who could spend hours praying for others, reading and studying the Bible, always knowing of her final destination being one of reaching heaven. She often counseled others, falling back on her faith and scripture to help both friends and family members. She will be greatly missed.
Mary was united in marriage to the love of her life, John Patton, on March 25, 1995. He survives. She is also survived by her sister Elizabeth (Soles) Blalock and husband Larry of Chesapeake, VA; brothers, Frank Soles and his wife Sandy of Kitty Hawk, NC, Lonnie Soles and wife Vicki of Rockingham, VA, and Terry Soles and wife Debbie of Jacksonville, FL; a brother and sister in law, numerous nieces and nephews, and her dog Punkin’. She was preceded in death by her daughter Serena Kay Overman and her granddaughter Amanda Marie Saulter; her parents, Donnie and Jewell Soles; brothers, Jimmy Soles and Franklin Don Soles; a special aunt, Lillian Simmons; plus, her many dogs.
A celebration of life for Mary will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Family Choice Funerals & Cremations, 5401 Indian River Road, VA Beach, VA 23464. A reception for greeting the family will be held immediately following the service. Mary loved flowers or memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.