Margaret Jane Bartlett
A very special person who gave so much to our lives. Mom possessed a quiet elegance that she brought to our family and had a way of making people around her feel warm and comfortable. She was the focal point of our family that kept us together.
Born in Moline, Illinois to Katheryn and Harry Patterson, raised in Eagle Rock, California. She began nursing school at Queen of Angles in Los Angeles and finished at Knapp school of nursing in Santa Barbara in 1943. Married Judson Bartlett in 1944 and together they ran a successful business, had four children and built a beautiful home on the Santa Barbara Rivera overlooking the city and ocean. Mom embraced Santa Barbara participating in the annual Fiesta events taking the kids to the parades and making enchiladas now a family recipe.
After Dad passed away in 1961, with four children to raise ages 15, 14, 12 and 9, Mom returned to nursing at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. A strong, gentle and caring force she supported us all encouraging whatever we pursued.
She worked in the new born nursery at Cottage as a staff nurse becoming head nurse of that department retiring at age 90 in 2011. She lived independently on her own, becoming computer savvy to follow her grandchildren and great-grandchildren on Facebook. The Goleta library was her favorite source for the many biographies she liked to read.
Pre-deceased by the oldest of her children Nancy Bartlett-Eggers in 1975. Survived by 3 children Lynn Bartlett Meyer of Portland, Oregon, Robert Bartlett of Santa Barbara, James Bartlett of Goleta, 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
I know our personal memories of her will be a source of strength and a blessing to all that knew her.