Maria Amparo Morfin de Patterson
Maria Amparo Morfin de Patterson
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Maria Amparo Morfin de Patterson, known affectionately as Amparo, who left us on August 27, 2023, at the age of 51. Born in the bustling heart of Distrito Federal, Mexico, on December 6, 1971, Amparo was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Her presence in our lives will be deeply missed, but her memory will forever live on in our hearts.
Amparo embarked on a life filled with love and adventure. Upon her wedding to Stephen C. Patterson at the enchanting Cortijo de Los Fernandez in Guadalajara, Jalisco, on October 25, 1997, she began a remarkable journey that led her to her home in Winters, California. Here, she built a life filled with joy, love, and cherished moments with her husband and their beautiful children.
Amparo was a devoted wife to Stephen and a loving mother to her children: Daniel S. Patterson (spouse Tessa Obernuefemann Patterson), grandchild Mateo S. Patterson, M. Gabriela Demark (spouse Gabriel Demark), S. Ines Patterson, Sofia I. Patterson, Maria C. Patterson, E. Sebastian Patterson, and Lucia A. Patterson. Her family was her greatest treasure, and her love and support for them knew no bounds.
She was the beloved daughter of Hector Dunstano Morfin Garcia (deceased) and Maria Elena Torres Oceguera, both hailing from Michoacan, Mexico. Amparo is also survived by her sisters, Maria Elena Morfin de Gonzalez and Leticia Morfin de Serrano, her brother Hector D. Morfin, and a host of nieces and nephews (Alex and Mary Gonzalez; Ana Paula, Santiago, and Pablo Serrano; Heather Morfin; Evy, Robert, and Reagan Patterson) all of whom she held close to her heart.
Amparo’s life was a beautiful tapestry of experiences. She pursued a career as an attorney at Confia Bank in Guadalajara, Mexico, from 1994 to 1997. Afterward, she dedicated herself wholeheartedly to her family as a mother, nurturing and guiding her children as they grew. She was deeply involved in their schooling, sports, arts, and musical activities.
Amparo was a devoted member of Saint Michael’s Church in Carmichael, CA, where she volunteered her time and talents, contributing to the community through cleaning, flower arrangements, and event coordination. Her faith was an essential part of her life, and she combined it with her passion for travel, embarking on pilgrimages to Portugal, Spain, and France. She also cherished trips to Canada, Cuba, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, and frequent visits to her family in Guadalajara, Mexico, every other holiday for the past 26 years.
Amparo was a proud graduate of ITESO’s School of Law in Guadalajara, Jalisco, class of 1994, where she wrote her graduating thesis on the 1994 Mexican banking credit crisis.
In accordance with her wishes, Amparo was laid to rest in a private service on Saturday, September 9, 2023. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations in Maria Amparo Morfin de Patterson’s name be made to The Holy Name of Jesus Academy, 337 Trippany Way, Massena, NY 13662. Amparo accompanied her daughters on multiple trips to France with the Dominican sisters of Massena, NY, and the school held a special place in her heart as it embodied the spirit of a true Catholic education in the modern world.
Amparo leaves behind a legacy of love, faith, and dedication to family and community. She will be remembered for her boundless kindness, unwavering love, infectious smile, and the profound impact she had on the lives of those fortunate enough to know her. May her soul rest in eternal peace.