Patricia Vaughn Gifford

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Patricia Vaughn Gifford passed peacefully last Friday, February 8, 2019. She was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on St. Patrick’s Day in 1935 and lived there until she graduated from Women’s College (now UNC Greensboro) and married Donald W. Gifford. They lived in Chicago and Kansas City before returning to Greensboro and then moving to Atlanta in 1962. In 1966 the family moved to Ft. Wayne, Indiana before returning to Atlanta in 1970.

She is survived by her son Donald W. “Wes” Gifford Jr. (Meredith Hayes Gifford) as well as daughter Mary Gifford Sumners (Timothy A. Sumners). She is also survived by six grandchildren: Caroline Sumners (Christiane Winkler), Steven Sumners, Robert Sumners, Ben Sumners (fiancée Tiffany Piland), Westlin Hayes Gifford and Emma Gifford. In addition to raising her family, Patricia worked with the Junior League, helping with the initial

implementation of the Head Start program in Ft. Wayne, and in the creation of the Atlanta Speech School. Patricia worked with young children at the Cathedral Day School of St. Philips and the preschool at Peachtree Presbyterian.  For many years she delighted in playing guitar for the children’s chapel at St. Philips. Fittingly enough, a memorial service for Patricia will be held at that children’s chapel Saturday, the 16th of February, starting at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hosea Feed the Hungry ( or Crossroads Community Ministries (  Condolences can be left for the family at

6 Comments To "Patricia Vaughn Gifford"

Mary Gifford Sumners On Mar 07 2019 at 3pm
Anita, she so enjoyed being with you. How similar you two were--staying active, helping people, making sure to look after pets, friends and family. Reply to this comment
Mary Gifford Sumners On Feb 16 2019 at 2pm
Anita, she sure did love you! Reply to this comment
Mary Schenck Dator On Feb 25 2019 at 5pm
Mary and Wes, we are all so sad to hear of Aunt Patty's passing. She was the best godmother a girl could ask for: funny, strong, intelligent, thoughtful, and always so upbeat. I know she and Anita are most certainly catching up in a happier place. Holding you all in my heart, Mary Schenck Dator
Natalie Ferreri On Feb 16 2019 at 2pm
Patty, what a wonderful friend and next door neighbor! I miss her every day already. I learned so much from her – how to be positive even when there may not be much to be positive about, to look forward to going to Kroger, the power of thinking about others “how are ya?”, and that red lipstick can brighten anyone’s day. I miss her coming to dinner and always wanting to bring a salad. I miss her playing guitar to my baby in the bathtub or having toys for him to play with at her house. I miss her waving to us from the window above her sink. I hope I am half as much fun as Patty when I reach her age. We love and miss you Patty! Reply to this comment
Mary Gifford Sumners On Feb 19 2019 at 9am
Natalie, you and your family have been the biggest gift to my mom. And you've shown your love for her throughout all of her ups and downs. Thank you for looking for her in her kitchen window, and for looking out for her when she could no longer be there to wave.
Anita Maxfield On Feb 15 2019 at 4pm
I will never forget the fun times we shared over a glass of wine!❤️ Reply to this comment
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