She Was The PTA Mom Everyone Knew. Who Would Want To Harm Her?

Nearly two weeks after a Lomita woman was killed in the worst mass shooting in U,S. history, her children remembered her Friday as a strong, supportive and enthusiastic mother who will exist eternally as a guardian angel watching over them.

Speaking before about 1,000 mourners at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Rancho Palos Verdes, Amber, Robert and Brooke Patterson received loud applause and cheers during an upbeat service as they spoke proudly of their mother, Lisa Patterson, who — they said — would have loved the overflow crowd for her sendoff.

Amber and Brooke Patterson speak at their mother's funeral.
Amber and Brooke Patterson speak at their mother’s funeral.

“I love my mom with all my heart and I always will,” 8-year-old Brooke said, her face barely visible over the lectern. “She is the most caring and loving person I know. I love her very much. She encouraged me to be the person I am today. And I like to see everybody here and I think my mom would like to see everybody here, too.”

Las Vegas victim

Lisa Patterson, 46, was with four friends Oct. 1 at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas when Steven Paddock sprayed hundreds of bullets onto the concert audience from a 32nd-floor room across the street at the Mandalay Bay hotel. Patterson was one of 58 people killed and hundreds injured. Paddock killed himself, and the motive for his action remains unknown.

Patterson, who aided her husband, Robert, at their Lomita flooring business, served as PTA president at St. John Fisher Parish School, and the church and her faith played a central role in her life.

Robert Patterson
Robert Patterson

Robert Patterson, who met his wife when she was 18, and he 25, described her as an “amazing girl” with an aura that would draw everyone in.

“Lisa would always have something going on,” he said. “She was 100 mph all the time. It exhausted me just looking at her calendar.”

Having fun

Lisa Patterson kept her days busy volunteering at her children’s school, serving on the PTA, taking care of her mother-in-law, rooting for her kids at softball and baseball games, and serving her church, he said.

“She would always tell me how much fun she was having and how she loved being with all of you,” her husband told the church crowd. “She would always tell me if she passed away, we were all doomed because she had four kids, not three.”

Seventeen-year-old son Robert III, a student at Rolling Hills Preparatory School in San Pedro, smiled as he recalled how his mother supported him for years in musical productions and youth sports, cheering and hollering on the sidelines. She “greatly prepared” him for his future, the son said.

Robert Patterson III
Robert Patterson III

“She was always my biggest and loudest fan,” he said. “She was always the life of the party. … She was one of those people where even if you didn’t know her name, you could remember her smile. My mom was an angel before she died.”

‘Enthusiastic, determined’

Daughter Amber, a student at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, listed a stream of positive adjectives to describe her mother: enthusiastic, determined, understanding, crazy gorgeous, strong, brave and faithful. She thanked her mother for teaching her about faith and love, and promised to make her “unbelievably proud.”

Her mother, Amber said, would suggest, “Celebrate my life! I’m in friggin’ heaven!”

“Her powerful spirit is beyond belief,” Amber said. “No, I didn’t lose the most amazing mother in the world. I gained a guardian angel that will guide me through the twists and turns of life. …

“I promise to live my life to the fullest. That’s exactly what she would want me to do.”

Source : http://www.dailybreeze.com/2017/10/13/lomita-womans-children-remember-las-vegas-victim-as-powerful-spirit/

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