CAROLYN BETH PRUET PATTERSON, 86, passed away
very peacefully with her children at her side on
Sept. 2, 2020. She was an Austin Artist, Wife,
Mother and Grandmother.
Carolyn was born in Ranger, TX on June 19, 1934
to Aileen Elizabeth Blinn Pruet & Chesley Burton
Pruet. Along with her older brother Ronald,
Carolyn had a wonderfully happy childhood she
fondly reminisced about riding horses, playing
organ & piano, participating in church activities,
reading, painting, drawing & hosting the occasional
tea party for her kittens. Carolyn graduated from
Ranger High School in 1951 and attended Hardin-
Simmons University in Abilene where she was a White
Horse Rider and a music major. She soon transferred
to the University of Texas where she received her
Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. She loved her time
at UT & enjoyed the sisterhood of Alpha Phi sorority.
A real beauty, she was named to the "Most Beautiful
Co-Ed" list while at UT. She later received a Master's
Degree in counseling and guidance at Texas Christian
University in Fort Worth.
Carolyn met her late husband of 55 years, Dr. James
White Patterson, at a Fort Worth art opening. She
found Jim charming and witty, and Jim was captivated
by Carolyn's beauty, grace and intellect. The two
started dating, and were married in Dec. of 1960.
Their son Blake and daughter Roslyn were born in
Fort Worth in 1963 and 1965 respectively. After
stops in Longview and Sherman, Jim, Carolyn and the
kids moved to Dallas in 1968 where Jim taught at
Southern Methodist University and Carolyn was an
artist. In 1978, the family made their last move,
settling in Austin where both Jim and Carolyn
worked for the Austin Independent School District
with Jim as an administrator and Carolyn as a high
The family found their church home at Northwest Hills
United Methodist Church & Carolyn blessed the community
for over 40 years with her artistic contributions and
friendships. Throughout her life, Carolyn was very
spiritual and was active in Sunday School, Bible
studies, and other events; she often incorporated
hymns, verses and religious themes in her artwork.
When the new sanctuary was designed, Carolyn created
the stained glass window for the new sanctuary. A
large cross set amidst Texas hills and rivers are
memorialized in the large and beautiful stained-glass
window over the altar. Carolyn co-founded North Hills
Gallery at the church, where she and co-curators Betty
Jameson and Marjeanne Rutt have supported numerous
artists through monthly exhibits open to the community
for over 20 years.
As a professional artist, Carolyn's work has been shown
in over 90 national and international juried exhibits,
where she has won numerous awards, as recently as 2017.
Her professional affiliations include Signature membership
in Southwestern Watercolor Society, The Taos Society of
Watercolorists, the Texas Watercolor Society, Third Coast
Painters and First Frontier Collage Group; she was also
a member of the National Watercolor Society, Waterloo
Watercolor Group, and the Society of Watercolor Artists.
"Accomplished" is a word that aptly describes Carolyn.
Besides keeping up a busy social and family calendar, she
& Jim were both proud members of Liz Carpenter's "Getting
Better All the Time" (GBATTS) singers, where they enjoyed
the company of longtime Austinites and many local performances.
She cheerfully gave her time to philanthropy and was especially
proud to support the Settlement Home for Children and the
Women's Symphony League. Somehow during all of these volunteer
and creative endeavors, Carolyn found time to work as a School
Counselor at Anderson, Lago Vista, and Bowie High Schools.
Carolyn was an amazing entertainer, and relished every detail
of throwing a party, setting the most beautiful table and
ensuring the enjoyment of each guest through music, stories,
wonderful food and treasured company. She loved playing games,
including bridge, dominoes and lately Mah Jongg and Bunco;
she was an avid reader, and was a member of the "Book Babes"
book club for many years. Along with her family,
Carolyn enjoyed sailing on Lake Travis on their family sailboat,
The Double Dolphin. Carolyn loved to travel with friends and
family to other countries, but had a special fondness for the
mountains of Colorado and New Mexico. She also cherished trips
to the Texas and Florida coasts with long-time friends, where
she would pull out her paints and brushes and create lasting
visual memories for her lucky recipients.
Carolyn, known as "Mimi" by her 6 grandchildren, shared with
each one of them a special, deep and meaningful relationship,
playing an integral part of their lives from diapers to college
as they grew up with her in Austin. Throughout her life, she
was gracious and generous of spirit. She treasured spending
quality time with her family and found joy in arranging trips
and adventures with her six grandchildren. She never failed to
make each grandchild feel special, encouraged, and thoroughly
loved through memorable activities and anecdotes.
Carolyn will be profoundly missed by her devoted children Blake
Edward Patterson and Roslyn Caroleen Patterson Breen, son-in-
law Sean Edward Breen, daughter-in-law Angie Hartel Patterson,
and treasured grandchildren Connor, Logan, Ryan and Dillon
Breen and Finley and Ava Patterson all of Austin. Carolyn is
also survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Julian
Culver and Ann Patterson, her sister-in-law Myra Sue Ice
Pruet (RHS-1945), and numerous nieces, nephews and their
She has been enthusiastically welcomed by those who preceded in
death her beloved husband James White (Jim) Patterson, mother
Aileen Elizabeth Blinn Pruet, father Chesley Burton (C.B.)
Pruet, & brother Ronald Burton Pruet, Sr. (RHS-1945). Carolyn's
family extends a sincere and heart-felt thank you to the friends
who helped Carolyn continue her busy and fulfilling life in