A Willamette University graduate, Patch was a long-time social studies teacher at North High and department leader at the time of her retirement. A human rights activist, she was a founder of the Salem chapter of The United Nations Association and the International Relations Coalition. She was an appointee to the governor’s commission on foreign languages and international relations and served on the Oregon International Council and as an observer to the United Nations for the Methodist Church. Patch co-founded the Salem observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday and scholarships in her name with Rev. Nellie Thompson were awarded annually for many years. In 1991, she received the Salem Distinguished Citizen Award from the city. Patch passed away in 2005.