patty rowsePatricia Hunter-Rowse (May 15, 1941 - Oct. 29, 2019) was born in Santa Monica, Calif., and grew up in Silver City, where her heart remains.

She earned her undergraduate and master's degrees in education from Western New Mexico University and devoted her life to family, friends and, above all, kids - especially those in need of an advocate. She began her career as a teacher, then moved to Utah and became an elementary school principal and eventually a superintendent of schools.

Patty had a zest for life and got up at the crack of dawn. She loved to travel, and experienced so many amazing adventures and friendships throughout her life. She ate dessert in Paris and rode camels in Morocco. Family was everything; her children were blessed to grow up with cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles and dear friends in their lives.

Patty is survived by her children, Mike Rowse (Linda), of Silver City, Sherry Olden (John), of Park City, Utah, Corby Short (Arlen), of Apex, N.C., Amye Rowse, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Alison Rowse, of Salt Lake City; mother, Gene Hunter; and sister, Sharon Steffan (Marty); grandkids, Jocelyn, Marissa, Chelsie, Madison, Bodie, Macey and Ryder; and great-granddaughter, Ava. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Hunter, and her brother, Drew Hunter.

In the words of her favorite musician, Willie Nelson, Patty is "On the Road Again" in search of "Blue Skies." "We love you, Nan!" In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to foundation.wnmu.edu in Patty's name.

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