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Sally Patton

Sally Bassett Zahl Patton, age 88, of Overland Park, KS, passed away surrounded by her family on December 29th, 2019 at the AdventHealth Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Sally was born July 7th, 1931 in Moberly, MO to Charles E. and Sally E. (Bassett) Zahl. She graduated from Moberly High School and went on to attend the University of California Los Angeles studying physical education. Sally B. married the love of her life, Lewis E. Patton, in her home on Kirby Street in Moberly on November 18th, 1951. Together, they raised three children and eventually relocated the family to Overland Park, KS where they made their home for over 50 years. Sally worked as a substitute teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District and went on to become a published author of children’s educational books. She also found herself spending time helping Lewis after he started Patton Educational Products Company (PEPCO) in 1989. Sally was known for her grand personality and her love of meeting new people and entertaining. Although she had many interests, Sally B. primarily enjoyed traveling the world with her lifelong companion Lewis as well as fishing, golfing, horseback riding and playing bridge. You could often find her and Lewis swimming and boating in their many cherished years at the Lake of the Ozarks. She also had a great love for music and the arts as well as a particular fondness for antiques, which eventually became a small business she shared with a friend and later on, Lewis. Perhaps most importantly, Sally was said to be the true embodiment of “open heart, open home”. Sally was a member of the Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS and the Central Christian Church of Moberly, MO. She was also active in the Mission Hills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution as well as P.E.O., Chapter F Missouri. Sally B. was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis E. Patton, her parents, Charles E. and Sally E. (Bassett) Zahl, sister Marjorie M. (Zahl) Viau and brother Charles E. Zahl, Jr. She is survived by her three children; Sally E. Burton (Doug) of Loch Lloyd, MO; Andy (Lynn) of Kansas City, MO and David (Erin) of Moberly, MO; and grandchildren Scott (Torri), David, Sarah (Jeremy), Drew (fiancée Jillian), Joseph, and great grandson Parker and many other loving family members. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 4th at 12:00PM, with a service celebrating her life at 2:00PM at Pathway Memorial Funeral Home in Moberly, MO. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery of Moberly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, KS 66208 as well as the Central Christian Church 201 S. 4th St., Moberly, MO 65270.

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To Sally, Andy and David- we were so ,so sorry to hear about your Mom.... don't have to tell you what a kind, special and sweet person she was! We will always remember the great fun we had as kids at the get togethers in Moberly and then lateron in Kansas City.... how gracious she always was- the ultimate hostess of all time... sending hugs and condolences The Kemmerly brothers David and Stephen

David Kemmerly Mar 10 2020 11:27 AM

So sorry to see your mom died! I have so many fun memories of watching MU football games with she and Lou! I tried to get her to move to Kingswood near me but she had so much trouble walking! Glad she is finally not in pain! Lou had even more MU stuff than my husband Don who played for the Tigers in the 1950's. Sue Loudon

Sue Loudon Jan 18 2020 6:14 PM

I just discovered the loss of Sally B. She was a terrific gal and a good friend of my family in Moberly, especially my "big" brother, Bill (Billy) Lankford. I was in Moberly when Lewis passed away and was so pleased to see Sally and her children who all went to my mother's preschool. They were as friendly and cheerful as Sally. I'm so, so sad to hear of her passing. I live in South Carolina, and although we still get the Moberly paper, I had not seen her picture. I wish I could give you all a hug. Susie Lankford Kappler

Susie Lankford Kappler Jan 12 2020 4:03 PM

Sally "B" was a great lady and along with Lou wonderful friends, they are forever missed. Collectively they had remarkable senses of humor and complemented each other in this way. Many evenings we spent with them as their guests at the Dinner Theater, entertained as much by their company as by the production. Are sympathy to her fine family. Kaye and Joe Allan

joe allan Jan 4 2020 10:05 AM

Sally lived next door to my mom and dad at The Forum. She was so proud of her antiques and was gracious enough to give me a tour of her apartment. And she was such a good friend to my mom, who lost my dad just this last August. I will miss her, too.

Deborah Domingo Jan 2 2020 8:36 PM

Sally was kind to everyone she met and she was so proud of her family. She was so kind to my family when we moved to Kansas City. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Jenney Ryan

Jenney Ryan Jan 2 2020 11:43 AM