Charlene Windrath Hunt passed away in Conrad on Jan. 17. Born October 28, 1930 in Iowa, she lived every one of her 83 years to the fullest.
A memorial service followed by a lunch in her honor will be held at noon on Feb. 1 at the First Presbyterian Church in Conrad to allow her friends to continue that tradition.
An avid quilter in her later years, she was often the thread that knit together friends and family into an intricate and enduring patchwork of relationships. Wife, mother, teacher and friend—like the varying pieces of her quilts—she successfully assembled and stitched together a beautiful life centered on family, home and community without any of the pieces losing their distinct characteristics.
Growing up in Sibley, Iowa, she married her high school sweetheart Darwin Hunt in 1950. They came west and taught school in Elko, Nevada where she held state and national leadership positions in the American Association of University Women and served on the Nevada State Textbook Commission. They lived life, raised two sons and enjoyed evenings of campfires and cards in the cabin they built in the Sawtooth Valley of Idaho. Finally, they followed the Lewis and Clark Trail to Montana.
Charlene’s life, like her quilts, was a labor of love speaking eloquently of effort, skill and care—infused with the virtues of practice and patience. When Charlene and her friends gathered to work on quilts, support the library, restore the Orpheum Theater or just around the supper table, they breathed life into and strengthened their social networks and support systems. They sought and offered advice. They shared deep concerns. Maybe they gossiped just a little.
Charlene is survived by her son Dean and his wife Leslie Clark; grandchildren Evan, Bryn (Richard) and Tarleton; and great-grandchildren Adelaide and Darwin. Her beloved Darwin and son, Drew, preceded her in death.
Donations in her honor can be sent to The Darwin and Charlene Hunt Memorial Scholarship, c/o Karen Hughey, Elko High School, 987 College Avenue, Elko, Nevada 89801. The scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving college bound student based on the recipient’s humanitarian efforts, community involvement, volunteerism and random acts of kindness.