Hatteberg's People - Pattie Page's Wichita Connection

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Legendary Singer Pattie Page died on New Year's Day. From 1948 to 1981 she had 111 hit songs. But the current generation really has no idea who she was. Her Wichita relatives remember her as Aunt Pattie. They are hoping to find a place to display the memorabilia from her incredible life, but, are finding that simple task to be difficult.

Tennessee Waltz is the third best-selling single of all time. But when Pattie Page began singing in her large family, she was simply Clara Ann Fowler. Born in Claremore, Oklahoma, but for a time lived in Wichita.

Now, her niece, Dena Roeder of Haysville, and Nephew Tim Akers of Wichita have mountains of memorabilia and memories left from her life.

"When I was in college I used to go once a summer and stay a week with her, which was amazing. To keep me busy, she would say, go look through the memorabilia and look through the house. So I had a ball looking at her collection." says Akers.

Dena would spend some summers in California at her Aunt Pattie's house.

"She was like all my aunts, she could scold me, she could love me, it was like having another mother."

Tim became the family historian and has a treasure trove of her things. Like this self-portrait she made in high school because she thought she would become an artist. Problem is, he can't find any local group who would like to display his families' collection of Pattie Page memorabilia.

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