Vitamin Kaye Patten

According to Maude Griner Sizemore who was a  nurse in  Nashville, GA, Maxie Snead Patten gave birth to her second child at Turner Hospital.  The baby girl was born November 16, 1945.

The newborn was very sick, and Dr. William W. Turner made a diagnosis  that she suffered from a deficiency of  Vitamin K.  Vitamin K plays an essential role in blood clotting, and the connection between Vitamin K deficiency and bleeding in newborns (VKDB) had only been  recognized in 1944.  Dr. Turner wrote a  prescription for the baby girl, who responded positively. The parents  decided to name the girl Kaye, in honor  of the vitamin that saved her life.

Reba Patten, Patti Patten, and Kaye Patten. The photo was taken in late 1940s, at the Grover Patten home in Nashville, GA, next door to Bill and Laura Youmans Snead, grandparents of the Patten children. (Identifications courtesy of Linda Ward Meadows).

Kaye Patten and her sisters.
Daughters of Maxie Snead Patten and Grover C. Patten. Left to Right: Reba Patten, Patti Patten, and Kaye Patten. The photo was taken in late 1940s, at the Grover Patten home in Nashville, GA, next door to Bill and Laura Youmans Snead, grandparents of the Patten children. (Identifications courtesy of Linda Ward Meadows).

Elizabeth Kaye Patten died September 10, 2000. She was buried at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Adel, GA.

Grave of Elizabeth Kaye Patten, Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Adel, GA. Image source: Cat

Grave of Elizabeth Kaye Patten, Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Adel, GA. Image source: Cat

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Maxie Snead Patten, Youth Leader

Sixty-two years ago on this date, August 31, Ray City Baptist Church heard from guest speaker Maxie Snead Patten, a well known youth leader, author, teacher and coach.

Maxie Snead Patten 1937-38. Image detail courtesy of berriencountyga.com.

Maxie Snead Patten 1937-38. Image detail courtesy of berriencountyga.com.


The Nashville Herald
August 31, 1950, Page 1

Mrs. Patten to Speak at Ray City Church Sunday P.M.

Mrs. Maxie Snead Patten will speak Sunday evening at 8 p.m. at Ray City Baptist Church, it was announced today.

The well known South Georgia young people’s leader will speak primarily to the youth of the community, filling the pulpit of the Rev. John W. Harrell.

A large attendance is being urged.

Transcription courtesy of Skeeter Parker.

Maxie Snead Patten was a daughter of Laura Youmans and William McIntyre “Bill” Snead, of Nashville, GA. Her father was a large land owner.

Maxie Snead attended Nashville High School where she played on the girls basketball team.

Christmas Eve Wedding

In 1933, Maxie Snead married Grover Patten in a Christmas Eve ceremony performed by Reverend John W. Harrell.

Later she taught in area schools and coached girls basketball. In 1937-38 she coached the New Lois girls team to the Berrien County championship.

In the 1940s Maxie Snead Patten authored a book, Youth, the Miracle Age, and was known as a youth leader.

Children of Maxie Patten

Children of Maxie Patten.
L-R, are Reba Patten, Patti Patten, and Kaye Patten. The photo was taken in late 1940s, at the Grover Patten home in Nashville, GA, next door to Bill and Laura Youmans Snead, grandparents of the Patten children. (Identifications courtesy of Linda Ward Meadows).

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