Muriel Van Patten
April 27, 1932 - May 28, 2013
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Muriel M. Van Patten, 81, of Port Charlotte, Florida died May 28, 2013. She was born April 27, 1932 in Quincy, Michigan to Edwina and Lloyd Van Patten. Muriel was a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI with a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts and arts education and a Master of Arts…

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Buddy Johnson and Kenny Seal left a message on June 1, 2013:
In the short two years since meeting Muriel, she has made lasting memories for us. I will always remember her pleasant smile and gracious hospitality. We will always treasure the memories of dining out with Muriel and Wanda for wing nights at a local tavern. She will be missed, but always remembered with fondness
Denise Courtney left a message on May 30, 2013:
A beautiful lady, may she rest in peace.
Rosanne Masterson left a message on May 31, 2013:
Wanda - my thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time. I'll always remember how excited my mother (Marty DuShaw) was when Muriel took the time to help her display her Atlanta Olympic pins and photos. Her largest collection (pins, photos and tickets) is still hanging in our recreation room in Toronto. My parents have been blessed through the years to have such good friends in you, Muriel and your father. Thank you. Rosanne Masterson
Grace Minor left a message on May 31, 2013:
Muriel was a shining star - a wonderful artist and an example to all who met her to live each day to the fullest, with love and compassion. She will be missed. Grace, Alex and Kellie Minor
Dorothy and Bill Clarkson left a message on May 31, 2013:
She was a great artist and friend. She will be missed.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Gretchen Spangenberg left a message on May 31, 2013:
The world has lost an extremely talented artist and a beautiful person. I will always remember the wonderful fun times we had we lots of smiles and laughter. Gretchen Spangenberg
Kathy Lynn Johnson, MS left a message on May 31, 2013:
Spontaneous creativity, refreshing perspective in life and learning, laughter, compassion for humanity, a passion for music and all things art, purity of heart and spirit...These are a few of the many treasures I will always carry with me from Muriel. We shared most precious hours talking about, painting and photographing wonderfully delightful and curious aspects of life and nature in the mountains of NC, the gardens, marinas and historical sites of France and the pathways of southwest Florida. My life, heart and spirit are appreciative beneficiaries of yours.
Kathy Caldwell left a message on May 31, 2013:
I am sad to read of Muriel's passing. She was a great friend over the years and I have several pieces of her art hanging in my home. Muriel & I connected through the Charlotte Symphony and Janita Hauk. She was always an inspiration to me with her love of the arts, tremendous talent and warm energetic personality. I will miss Muriel and will think of our good times together daily as I look at her paintings in my home. I am blessed to have been touched by her friendship and encouragement.
Pat Campagna left a message on May 31, 2013:
On behalf of Equality Punta Gorda's Steering Committee, we would like to extend our condolences to the family and Muriel's partner, Wanda Jubb. Muriel was truly a gentle and loving spirit whose presence will be missed.
Robert Masson left a message on May 31, 2013:
Muriel was a kind and gentle person who touched so many people with her beautiful talent. We will miss her. Condolences to Wanda and other family and to friends who will also miss her. Bob
Darlene & Bob Gravatt left a message on May 31, 2013:
Muriel was a talented, kind person. She was a friend to all, especially those involved in the arts & music. I knew her for many years from her involvement with The Charlotte Chorale. Rest in peace, Muriel. You will be missed. Bob & Darlene Gravatt
Bob & Darlene Gravatt left a message on May 31, 2013:
Muriel was a kind & talented person. She was a friend to all, especially those involved in the arts & music. I knew Muriel from her involvement with The Charlotte Chorale. Rest in Peace, Muriel. You will be missed.
Sylvia Foy left a message on June 11, 2013:
I have so many wonderful memories of Muriel. When I first met her she was flat on the deck behind Red Hat Studio busily creating art. I was impressed that this seventy year old woman was so comfortable spread out on the deck. When I talked with her I found out that she was on a national softball I was really impressed. After that I soon found that she was a very talented artist. Not only was she creative, using every kind of media, but she also could work very quickly. As I write this, I can look up and see a sketch she made of the studio in action. It captures people and action perfectly and I will always treasure it. Another memory I have is when Muriel gave a tribute to Liz Hutchinson and Frank Sperry at their wedding celebration. She was so dynamic and her voice was so melodious. After she finished I asked her if she would speak at my funeral. She said "if I am around, I will." Muriel's enthusiasm was inspiring. She would come to studio with new ideas, new paints or painting papers. New things excited her and her work showed that. She was generous with ideas, supportive with critique and always loving. I feel blessed to have been her friend. I also know Muriel was blessed with her partner, Wanda, throughout their time together and especially these past few months. May all Wanda's happy memories help comfort her and let life move on. Her artist friend, Sylvia Foy
Mary Ann George left a message on June 1, 2013:
I admired Muriel for her gentle strength, compassion, and giving spirit. I have note cards she gave me that are beautiful prints of her artwork. I refuse to use them. I have a book of Indian poetry she gave me when we talked about India being my favorite country. I remember her warmth, her laughing eyes, and her quick smile. I loved talking with her. I will miss her.
Debbie Amico left a message on June 1, 2013:
Muriel touched so many people with her smile and her kindness. She always had a hug for me and an encouraging word. She will be missed by many.
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KC left a message on June 1, 2013:
Spending time with Muriel during the past few years was a tremendous gift. I wish I knew her sooner, as it is clear that she helped everyone to be a better person and to think more broadly and compassionately. Memories from Torch Lake, MI will be held dear. The games of dominoes were priceless!! We miss you Muriel. Love, KC
Vonnie Holder left a message on June 2, 2013:
I knew the moment I met Muriel that she was larger than life. I didn't know her for long nor did I have the pleasure of spending much time with her. This, I know is my loss!! Her kind way, her big smile and her sense of community will be her legacy! Mine and Erica's thoughts are with you Wanda!!!!
Orlando and Empe Doria left a message on June 2, 2013:
Muriel, we will miss you!!! your smile and company during all this years will always be in our mind and heart, God keep you in his Hands. Myrtle will be happy to see you.
Sushila Cherian left a message on June 2, 2013:
Muriel was a dear friend of many years. So many memories crowd in, of lunches, and concerts, and arts receptions and her paintings and music. She surrounded herself with beauty. Her mega-watt smile was one of her best features among so many others. Wanda, please keep in touch with me. I would love to take you out to lunch sometime. My sincerest condolences to you and to members of her family.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
ede moody left a message on June 2, 2013:
I had the wonderful pleasure of knowing Muriel on both a personal and representative level. (i.e humanitarian for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League) She was not only a great supporter of the "League's Legacy" but a frequent attendee at the AAGPBL reunions. Muriel will indeed be missed and my condolences to all her loved, and admired her. Respectfully, Ede Moody
Jerry Sears left a message on June 5, 2013:
I had the pleasure of teaching with Muriel in the early 1960s at Marshal Junior H. S. in Wayne, Michigan. She had a great sense of humor and she was an inspirational teacher. I always enjoyed talking to her. In 1960, as a first year teacher I viewed her as a mentor. She once gave an in-service workshop on bulletin board design. The next day I took everthing off of my bulletin boards and started over again. When she moved to another position in the school district, I missed her wit, her grace, her charm and her wisdom. I am sadden by her passing.
Patricia Clay left a message on June 6, 2013:
Dear Wanda, My heart dropped when I saw Muriel listed in the Detroit Free Press obituary. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Muriel as a fun loving and caring woman and treasure the pieces of her Art that I have hanging in my apartment. I am in VT right now and way behind on my newspapers. That is why I learned of Muriel's death at this late date. Please let me know when her Memorial will be held as I want to be there if I am in MI at the time. Love, Pat
Roberson Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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