Mary (Ceteznik) Paterson

February 4, 2011

By Contributor

Mary (Ceteznik) Paterson, of Newcastle (and formerly of Issaquah), died peacefully Jan. 16, 2011, in Issaquah. She was 95.

Mary (Ceteznik) Paterson

Friends are invited to a luncheon in Mary’s memory at noon Feb. 12 at the Maplewood Golf Course, 4050 Maple Valley Highway, Renton.

Mary was a New Year’s Day baby, born Jan. 1, 1916, in Black Diamond, to Frank and Mary Ceteznik, who immigrated from and are of Slovenian decent. The family soon moved to Benson Hill, where they kept a few farm animals and maintained a large garden.

Mary went through the Renton school system and is a class of 1934 Renton High School graduate. Mary then married Mark Paterson in 1940 and they had two children. Mary worked for Clinton Betz at Betz Floral (now Cugini’s) in Renton, and in 1958 moved to Issaquah and purchased and operated the Issaquah Floral shop until 1969.

Mary and Mark then moved to Sequim and wintered in Arizona for several years. Strong roots and family then returned them to Renton, where they managed the Tyee Mobile Manor Park in Renton (now Newcastle) until Mark’s passing in 2001.

Mary also enjoyed her friends. Her greatest moment was being able to grow copious amounts of flowers, and live next door to her daughter Pat Dana and husband Buzz, and grandson Donny on Lake Washington, where she was able to live out the remaining eight years of her life.

Also surviving is her son Robert Paterson, of Newcastle.

Remembrances may be made to Evergreen Hospice, 12040 N.E. 128th St., Kirkland, WA 98034 or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at

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