Haren, Lola Patterson - Age 88

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Lola Patterson Haren, age 88, a long term resident of Epworth, GA, passed away on February 4, 2020 in the North Georgia Assisted Living in Dawsonville, GA. Born in the community of Oasis, GA in Fannin County, GA, she was the daughter of the late Leander Jefferson and Mamie Ritchie Patterson. She was a retired educator from the Fannin County School System. Lola was a member of the Lebanon Baptist Church and the National Educator Association. She loved spending time with her family especially her favorite granddaughter, time on the family farm, cooking and especially traveling. Her siblings were Lester Clyde Patterson, Ernest Jefferson Patterson, Jessie Roy (Bill) Patterson, Herbert RolandPatterson, and James Luke (Vic) Patterson and Gladys Patterson Dunn all of whom have preceded her in death. Also her son, Grady Haren precedes her in death.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Reese N. and Beth Haren of Cumming, GA and Keith Haren of Marietta, GA; one granddaughter, Sydney Haren also of Cumming, GA.

Memorial services were conducted on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge Chapel with Min. Keith Ritchie officiating. For those desiring memorial contributions, may be made online at www.saveourmonarchs.org. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA was in charge of the arrangements.  

Editor’s Note from the 1 Mar 2020 Higdon Family Newsletter: This obituary was sent by Randy Cole, who writes, “I’m sure that Frank Mayfield remembers Lola, who gave us all a tour of the old Oasis post office along with some history on the area, and who passed away on February 4th. She was just short of her 89th birthday. Up until a couple of years ago, we often saw her working around her property, and she planted and tended a sizable garden each year. She was an inspiration to all of us. I’m sending along a copy of her obituary, but it doesn’t mention that one of the things she loved to do was travel to travel with her son Reese to visit lighthouses, and climbed them well into her 80s.  

Lola was the granddaughter of Alcester Higdon, daughter of Thomas Higdon, the middle of the 3 Higdon brothers, Samuel, Thomas and Leonard, who settled in this area [near Blue Ridge, Georgia]. In Jo Ann Smith’s book she is listed as “Sess” Higdon. Lola owned much of the property that made up the community named Oasis, including the house that was also the Oasis Post Office. She was born in that house. The late L. Frank Higdon was born in Oasis as well. Our property is likely on property that was owned by Samuel, and the highest peak we can see from our house is called 'Tom Higdon High Top' by the locals."

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