Patsy Jean Dunn
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Patsy Jean Dunn
  • March 5, 1930 - December 4, 2016
  • Brownwood, Texas

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Born on March 5, 1930 in Brownwood, Texas, Patsy Jean Hunt was the daughter of Wesley Powell Hunt, a master mechanic, and Golden McCamey Hunt, an educator and homemaker. While a youth, Patsy ("Pat") found tremendous enjoyment in her family, school, music lessons, art studies, and her many pets. During World War II, the Hunt family took in boarders and soldiers to help the War effort, an experience Pat remembered with fascination.

Graduating from Brownwood High School at sixteen, Pat then began work as a secretary for Arrow Coach Lines. Soon after, she met the love of her life, Robert ("Bob") E. Dunn, Navy veteran and UT Austin pharmacy school graduate. The couple married on August 5, 1950. In 1951 and 1956, sons Kevin Jay and Shaun Timothy were born. Mr. and Mrs. Dunn were apart for a portion of 1951, when Bob returned to the Naval Reserves for the Korean War.

Pat enjoyed being active in all school and church events. She was a contributing and volunteer member in her sons' PTA and Band Parents groups, as well as being part-time pianist and organist at the Calvary Baptist Church. For several decades, Pat and Bob Dunn supported their church's music program as instrumentalist and vocalist.

Throughout these many years, Pat continued to pursue her life-long interests in art, gardening, travel, playing bridge, and cooking. As their two sons grew older, Pat and Bob shared their love of music with the two boys. Through piano lessons, civic music concerts, and trips to Dallas to see staged musical performances, the Dunn family saw music as a lifetime joy.

Pat attended Howard Payne College, completing a degree in art education, with a business minor. Following graduation, Pat served as secretary to the Athletics Department of Howard Payne, before accepting a position as art instructor at the Brownwood ISD Middle School.

Pat strove to find ways in which her students could experience a variety of media, from weaving to drawing and from painting to sculpture. Several students won awards, then went on to become studio artists or designers. These former students credited "Mrs. Dunn" as their first supportive arts influence, a tribute which Pat treasured.

Pat and Bob Dunn shared a love of travel and enjoyed repeated journeys to Mexico, Canada, England, Scotland, Italy, Austria, and Germany, as well as tropical cruises, RV travel across the Southwest, and trips to British Columbia. The Dunns easily made new friends, domestic and foreign. Pat was a wonderful letter writer and kept up correspondence with friends worldwide.

Patsy Jean Hunt Dunn passed away on December 4, 2016 at C.A.R.E Nursing, where she was accorded loving support, during her brief time there. Pat was preceded in death by her dear parents and by her beloved partner in life, Robert Dunn. Pat is survived by her devoted sons Shaun and Kevin and dear cousins in Canada, the continental United States, and Hawaii. Pat's life was defined by an absolute love of family, an unending loyalty to friends, and a zest for all things beautiful. Her passing leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew her.