Betty Jo “BJ” Pattee

Services for Betty Jo “BJ” Pattee, 84, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Private burial will be in Pioneer Cemetery.Mrs. Pattee died Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.She was born Dec. 16, 1923, in Ponca City, Okla., the daughter of Thomas B. and Vera Okeson O’Neal. She earned journalism and sociology degrees from Kansas University in 1948. She moved to Lawrence in 1942 from Ponca City.Mrs. Pattee worked for many years for the Kansas University Alumni Association. She was an editor and later publisher for the Alumni News. She retired in 1996.She was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church and the Gamma Phi Beta Social Sorority.She married Frank S. Pattee, Sr., on June 16, 1946, in Lawrence. He survives, of the home.Other survivors include a son, Frank S. Jr. and wife Karla, Topeka; two daughters, Jodie Pattee Knight and husband Scott, Silver City, N.M.; Erin Brockovich-Ellis and husband Eric Ellis, Los Angeles; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.The family suggests memorials to the KU Alumni Association, sent in care of the mortuary.Online condolences may be sent to, subject: Pattee.