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Michele Patton White

March 23, 1950 — September 19, 2023

Michele Patton White, 73, of Portsmouth, RI, died on September 19, 2023, with her family by her side. She was the wife of CDR Joseph M. White, USN (Ret.).

Born in Los Angeles, CA on March 23, 1950, she was the daughter of Robert and Evelyn (Ballentyne) Patton.

Michele loved to garden and owned a flower shop in Los Angeles in her twenties. Michele was a free spirit, traveling all over from Japan to Hawaii where she met her husband. Michele continued to travel with her family and was proud to be a Naval Officers Wife. She and her family settled in Rhode Island in 1993 where Michele would often joke that she was a true Rhode Islander. She was remarkably resourceful, she built two wooden decks by hand for her family to enjoy the Summer get togethers. She loved to host family dinners and celebrate the holidays with her family. Michele kicked off the Christmas season by baking her holiday cookies from her family recipes. She always looked forward to the winters in New England, especially snow on Christmas. Michele's most enjoyable moments were spending time with her family.

Michele's home away from home was Clements' Marketplace in Portsmouth and her dearest friends were her fellow store employees, especially those at the Deli Counter / Cutting Board. She loved to work with food and enjoyed serving up fresh meats, cheese, and salads to the community of customers and did so for almost 20 years. Michele was a loyal employee of Clements, and her service was much appreciated by that fine organization every day.

Michele is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, CDR Joseph M. White, USN (Ret.), her children; Claire White, of Portsmouth, Benjamin White and his wife Melissa, of Cape Coral, FL, Molly White, of Cranston, her sister, Patrica Patton, of Seattle, WA. Grandchildren; Hope White, Nicholas White, and Jacob White.

Michele is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Evelyn Patton, and her brother, Robert Patton.

Funeral services are omitted.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road Portsmouth, RI 02871.
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