January 8, 1930 – October 3, 2018
Patricia Greenwood was born in Latchford Without on January 8th, 1930 to Ethel Lucy and Harry Greenwood and was raised in Warrington, Cheshire, England. She attended Heathside Primary School, Stockheath Junior School and then went on to attend Warrington High School for Girls. A lovely surprise occurred in Patricia’s 16th year, as she became a big sister to Janice Diane born in April 1946.
Patricia had a love for art and design and she went on to study at the Liverpool College of Art & Design. Here she met for the first time her future love, Leo Hunter. When Patricia completed her studies, she went to London to work as an apprentice to Linzi Maid Designs and from there went to work for dress designers Horrocks of London as a Pattern Cutter and Designer. A teaching post came up at the Liverpool College of art and design, so she left London to teach dress design in Liverpool. On July 9th, 1960 she married Leo Hunter.
On October 20th, 1961, as part of SAMS (South American Missionary Society), they left for Chile, subsequently living in Quepe, Temuco, and Santiago spreading God’s word. While in Chile, they adopted four children Andrew, Rachel, Matt and Julia and after many happy years, moved back to England in 1971.
In 1975 Patricia and Leo felt once again that God was calling them to spread their wings and moved the family to Canada, eventually settling in Smithers, BC where Leo became the minister at St. James Anglican Church. Pat was active in the local Anglican Church Women’s group. She enjoyed capturing the beauty of the local area in various mediums including pen and ink and watercolour. Both Leo and Pat enjoyed their years in Smithers. In 1985, they moved back to England.
In August 2003 Patricia suffered a massive stroke which left her paralyzed on her left side and wheelchair-bound but she was a very determined lady and, with the help of family, she fought hard to regain as much independence and dignity as she could. In 2017, after celebrating Leo’s 93rd birthday and their 57th wedding anniversary Leo passed away peacefully in his sleep in July 2017.
Patricia moved to Queen Elizabeth Park Care Home in Guildford where she was happy and content and on October 3rd, 2018, she passed away peacefully in her sleep.
Patricia leaves behind children Andrew (Michelle), Rachel, Matt (Shannan) and Julia (David), Grandchildren Tyran, Antonio, Matt, and Emily. She also leaves behind her sister Janice (John Turner), John Gaunt and Sheila Hunter (Leo’s brother and sister in law), her best friend, Tilly Nash as well as many nephews and nieces.