Patty Yelton, age 66, of Rutherfordton, NC, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021, at her home.

She was a native of Rutherford County.

Patty attended Guilford College where she obtained a BS degree in Marine Biology, and then worked at Woods Hole Research institute in Massachusetts. After her adventures as a marine biologist researcher, Patty decided to go back to school at Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing in Boston, MA and became a registered nurse. She held several nursing positions throughout her life including everything from the ICU to nursing home care. Patty was always very compassionate towards elderly people. She was always the life of the party and she loved to travel as she has lived in various states across the United States.

Patty is survived by her parents, Dr. Ernest Hugh Yelton “Doc” and Marie Willett Yelton “Midge”; One sister, Kathleen Bazemore, and husband John, of Greenville, SC; one brother, Jeff Yelton, and wife Kim, of Simpsonville, SC, and three nieces, Meredith

Mason (Bill), Kaitlyn Mayer, and Julia Mayer.

There will be a private service held for family and close friends in honor of Patty.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills; P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 or, First United Methodist Church, Rutherfordton; 264 North Main St. Rutherfordton, NC 28139.

An online guest register is available at www.mcmahansfuneral

McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services in charge of arrangements.