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Obituaries for the week of June 27

06/27/2022 12:17PM ● By Steven Hoffman
Gail Crabtree Scott
Gail Crabtree Scott, 80, of Oxford, passed away on June 19, 2022 at her home.  
She was the loving wife for almost 58 years to Joseph Charles Scott.  
Born on May 14, 1942 in Teaneck, NJ, she was the daughter of the late George William and Dorothy Yvonne (Trowbridge) Crabtree.
Gail attended Abington High School before continuing her education at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1964.  She enjoyed a brief teaching career teaching honors mathematics at Kecoughtan High School in Phoebus, VA before becoming a full-time mother and raising her family.  
She was a longtime member of the Unionville Presbyterian Church, where she played piano for 32 years and at one time served as a deacon. She had a love for music, a gorgeous soprano voice, played piano, and taught herself to play the guitar.  She would play at retirement homes, volunteering her time.  She also had a love for working with children and youth, both formally at her church as well as with her children’s friends in her community. She also loved all the Philadelphia sports teams, especially the Phillies and Eagles.
In addition to her husband Joseph, she is survived by her children, Teresa Scott (Frederick Joseph), Jay Scott (Heather), Robin Longen (Patrick), Heather Albee-Scott (Steve) and Valerie Joy Battista (Michael).
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Caleb, Eli, Andrew, Brandon, Abigail, Sophie, Ashleigh, Ryan, and Nolan; her sister, Lois Maypole, and brother, Jim Crabtree.
All services will be private.  
Contributions may be made in Gail Scott’s name to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 555 Croton Road, Suite 111, King of Prussia, PA 19406 or by calling 610-664-9255, to the Kennett Area Community Service, PO Box 1025, Kennett Square, PA 19348 or the National Processing Center, The Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011 or by calling 800-272-3900.  
Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home. Please visit Mrs. Scott’s online memorial by going to

Ruth S. Pattinson
Ruth Smiley Pattinson passed away peacefully at the home of her son Roland L Pattinson in Lower Oxford Township on June 2, 2022 knowing that she was loved. She was 92.
Ruth was born in Philadelphia on June 17, 1929 to Lawrence D Smiley and his wife Emma C (Wicklein) Smiley. Ruth's father worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and initially the family lived in Colwyn. In the mid-1930s, after her sister was born, Lawrence was transferred to Baltimore, Md. and the family lived there for about four years. It was here that Ruth made friends with Shirley, with whom she kept in touch for over 80 years.
By 1940, Lawrence had been transferred to Fort Dix, in New Jersey and the family relocated to Mt. Holly. At this time, Ruth was in 7th grade and she forged many strong friendships, including her best pal Wilma. When Ruth graduated from Rancocas Regional High School, she had one goal in mind: to become a medical technologist. She graduated from Temple University in June of 1951 with a degree in medical technology. While attending Temple, Ruth became a member of the Theta Sigma Upsilon sorority. 
During her career, she worked at Princeton where she had the opportunity to meet Dr. Albert Einstein at his home. She also worked at the Fels Research Center; Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and eventually retired from Crozer-Chester Medical Center in 1986.
On July 27, 1953 Ruth married Roland M Pattinson, Jr and together they worked to achieve her second goal in life— to have a family. They were blessed to have three sons who ended up carrying on the family tradition by giving them grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ruth loved playing the piano and constantly mentioned how thankful she was that her mother had sent her to the Peabody Institute in Maryland for piano lessons. She spent many hours amusing herself by playing the piano. Ruth also had a lovely soprano voice and loved singing the old Lutheran standards until her voice changed with age.
After she and Roland retired and moved to Millsboro, Del., they enjoyed taking cruises. Her favorite cruise was to Alaska, but her most memorable one was around Cape Horn, South America.
She was especially proud of her Irish "Smiley" and German "Wicklein" heritage and spent many hours researching, collating and amassing 30 three-ringed binders full of family history.
For 30-plus years Ruth created amazing counted cross stitch pieces of art. Many a relative or friend has been the recipient of her painstakingly-crafted and beautifully framed artwork. She was a descriptive letter writer; gracious hostess; unfailing friend and confidant, and loving wife and mother.
Ruth is survived by her sons, Roland (and wife Karen); Joe (and wife Kimmy) and Larry Pattinson. She is also survived by her grandchildren Joyce (husband Mike) Sherick, Michelle (husband James) Grove; Nicholas Pattinson, Lauren Pattinson, Matthew Pattinson and Brittany (wife Jenna) Wong, two great-grandchildren Grant and Presley Sherick, as well as many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ruth was predeceased by her parents Lawrence and Emma, her sister, her husband Roland M, and her granddaughter Laura Pattinson.
The family would like to thank everyone at Brandywine Valley Home Health and Hospice for the truly wonderful care they took of Ruth.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to The Laura E Pattinson Memorial Music Scholarship Fund, c/o TRUIST, 275 Limestone Road, Oxford, PA 19363.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford (