Norma Jeane Patten-Hoyland

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Norma Jeane Patten-Hoyland, 79, of Indianola, Iowa, died Oct. 17, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

She was born Oct. 23, 1936, at St. Joseph Hospital in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Vernon Gilbert and Frances Marian Belveal Davis. She graduated from Hedrick Consolidated School in 1954, and attended Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls. She met Dean Le Roy Patten there and they were married on April 6, 1956. Jeane was widowed in 1983, when Dean died unexpectedly from a heart attack.

In 1992, she married William D. “Bill” Hoyland and together they retired to Wisconsin to build their dream home. In 1996, they joined Teen Missions International as team leaders and took 26 teens to France for a summer of evangelism and construction.

They established Goshen, a refuge, a ministry to ritual abuse victims. In 2003, they moved back to Iowa where, in 2006 Bill died from duodenal cancer. Jeane then moved to Indianola where she remained until her death.

Her life was changed completely when she became a Christian in 1976. She, along with her husbands, as imperfect but forgiven people, endeavored to live for the Lord. She was a dance teacher, a salesperson, a travel counselor and an office manager. Her most fulfilling public position in addition to ministry was in the English Department at the University of Northern Iowa where she enjoyed the interaction with both the professors and the students. Her most fulfilling private position was as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved to decorate, make jewelry and other crafts, read, was a talented seamstress and cook and an appreciative traveler. She spent countless hours working on the family genealogy and was just as happy discovering an outlaw as a statesman.

Surviving are sons, Kirk (Tina) Patten, of Indianola, and Kyle (Sue Rasmusson) Patten, of Bondurant, Iowa; a daughter, Kristi (Larry) Schachterle of Geneva, Iowa; grandson, Travis (Sheena) Patten, of St. Albert, Alberta, Canada; granddaughter, Kassie (Rick) Runyan, of Manhattan, N.Y.; great-granddaughters, Gracie, Eleanor, Penelope, Olive and Hadley Patten, of St. Albert, Alberta, Canada; her sister, Doris Risenhoover, of Ottumwa; sisters-in-law Becky Keefe of Phoenix, Ariz., and Mary Michalicek, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; nieces Cyndy (Rich) Bayliss, of Ottumwa, Karen Keefe (Monte) Johnson, of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Mary “MeMe” Keefe (Mark) Shelton, of Los Angeles, Calif.; nephews Jeff (Michael Ridlon) Keefe, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Kevin (Deb) Keefe, of Loveland, Colo; step-sons Tom (Joni) Hoyland, of Ellijay, Ga., and Kevin (Christy) Hoyland, of Iowa City, Iowa; step-daughters Terri (Guy) Wendler, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Donna Hoyland, of Wimberley, Texas, Susan Hoyland, of Austin, Texas; step-sons-in-law David Phillips, of Ackley, and Craig Sandberg, of Apple Valley, Minn.; many step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; brothers-in-law, Denby Risenhoover, W. Wayne Keefe, Donald E. Keefe and Robert Michalicek; sister-in-law, Donna Keefe Ellison and step-daughters, Virginia Phillips and Mary Sandberg.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Reece Funeral Home in Ottumwa with Pastor Charles Daugherty officiating. Graveside services and burial will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Hampton Cemetery in Hampton. Visitation with the family present will be 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to the family to provide a memorial for those who helped provide for her care in the past few months.

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