Ann McCartin Patterson

Affectionately known as Annie to friends and Granny to her family, Ann McCartin Patterson could boast of being the first baby born in 1928 in San Diego County. The daughter of Lieutenant Commander Edward F. McCartin and portrait painter, Mary Davenport Parrish, Ann was raised in Coronado and attended the high school, where she and her friends lived an idyllic youth, riding horses on the beach, swimming at the Del, gazing at the stars (Hollywood)….the rhapsody of her youth was tragically curtailed with the death of her father, in 1939.

Ann grew up in the milieu of working artists, her mother and grandfather, William Dana Parrish, and their bathtub was often used to soak their paint brushes in turpentine.

After her father died, her mother and 16-year-old Ann moved to Annapolis. Her mother had been offered a guest studio at the Corcoran Gallery in nearby Washington DC, while Ann was enrolled at St. Agnes’ school for girls in Arlington, Virginia. She later graduated from the Tatnall School, in Wilmington, Delaware.

After the war, her mother rented a summer cottage on Lewes Beach, Delaware and it was there that Ann met the love of her life, Henry Drexel Patterson II of Philadelphia, when visiting his first cousin in the cottage next door.

Henry, during the war, served in the Pacific Theater as a flagman on an LST. Ann would recall, “Our romance was like gang busters. He had not been home from the war for very long…I had never met anyone as genuinely wonderful as Henry.” He proposed to her on their second date. Their marriage lasted 67 years, until Henry passed away in 2015.

Ann and Henry settled in New Castle, Deleware and began to raise their family of three, Sherry, Drex and Dana, in the early 1950s. In 1965 they built a home and moved to nearby Wilmington, Delaware, where Henry co-founded a steel fabrication company.

During a camping trip in 1966 to the USVI, Ann and Henry were so captivated with the island of St. John, they bought a beach front property on a remote part of the island and began plans to build a vacation home. Once empty nesters they daringly uprooted from Delaware to pursue this exciting new adventure… and what a life it was! They never looked back and spent the next 12 years living in their island retreat Rara Avis.

In 1985 they moved to Coronado to start the next chapter of their lives, once again, with no regrets. This last chapter was full of a marvelously eclectic pack of friends was Ann’s happiest and long fulfilled wish - to end up where her life began, to pick up the thread of her youth and the fond memories of long ago.

Intrigued by her genealogy, she became a member of the San Diego chapter of the Colonial Dames. She and Henry took up an active interest in the historic preservation of Coronado and historically designated her childhood home, built in 1905.

Ann, ever ready to kick up her heels, was a perfect complement to Henry’s passion for tinkering and remodeling several homes. Together they made a most attractive and fun-loving couple; fixing up houses, gardening and never missing a chance to turn up the music, roll up the rug and dance.

Ann is survived by her three children, Sherry Thevenot, of Dijon, France, Drexel Patterson, of La Jolla, and Dana Patterson, of Tucson, Arizona; six grandchildren, Rainbow Lopez, Guinevere Kappler, Jasmine Starlight Lopez, Laurent Thevenot, Elisa Thevenot and Morgan McCartin Patterson; and six great grandchildren.

A small private service was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Coronado on August 11, 2020 (Henry’s birthday). She will be interred at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, Pt. Loma, and rest alongside Henry and her father.

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