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Beatrice Ayer Patton
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Birth: Jan. 12, 1886
Lowell
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 30, 1953
Hamilton
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

She was born Beatrice Banning Ayer in Haverhill, Massachusetts the daughter of Frederick Ayer an industrialist who owned a woolen mill. She enjoyed the life of privilege & attended prestigious finishing schools. She met George Patton for the first time as children. The friendship resulted in marriage in 1910 which lasted over thirty years and produced three children. Their son, George S. Patton III continued the West Point tradition and became a general. Beatrice had many talents. She was bilingual in French and translated many French army manuals into english. She was an expert equestrian, a fine lecturer and an able sailor with a sloop of her own. She was a fine writer complyling three books. She covered the country during WWII raising money during bond drives. After the tragic death of her husband in 1945, Mrs. Patton became a forceful and persuasive speaker advocating universal military training. On September 30,1953 at Hamilton, Massachusetts, while horse riding she suffered a ruptured aortic aneurysm which took her life instantly causing her to fall from the animal. After a brief Episcopal service, she was cremated. Her wish to be buried with her husband was well known to her children. An Army nurse is the only woman buried at the American Cemetery and memorial. There is another woman's presence: The ashes of the general's widow, Beatrice Ayer Patton were strewn over his grave by their children several years after her death. Bio by John R. Bacak (bio by: Paul S.) 
 
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 Parents:
  Frederick Ayer (1822 - 1918)
  Ellen Barrows Banning Ayer (1853 - 1918)
 
 Spouse:
  George Smith Patton (1885 - 1945)
 
 Children:
  Beatrice Ayer Patton Waters (1911 - 1952)*
  Ruth Ellen Patton Totten (1915 - 1993)*
  George Smith Patton (1924 - 2004)*
 
 Siblings:
  Charles Fanning Ayer (1865 - 1956)**
  Beatrice Ayer Patton (1886 - 1953)
  Katharine Ayer Merrill (1890 - 1981)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
 
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Record added: Jul 05, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6576234
Beatrice <i>Ayer</i> Patton
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