Mitchell farewells Patricia Chambers-Hewitt

THE Mitchell community have laid to rest one of their finest residents.

Former school teacher, community volunteer, grazier and Mitchell Citizen of the Year Patricia Chambers-Hewitt (nee Milne - pictured) was buried on December 8 after passing away on November 26.

The following passage was supplied by her daughter Helen Kirkwood:

Patricia Margaret Milne was born on April 4, 1932 in Ayr to parents Chas and Harty Milne.

She was educated at schools around Queensland and with travel to Fiji where she learnt to respect all types of cultures and their diversity.

The beginning of World War II saw her family evacuated from Rabaul and she spent her seventh birthday on board a ship bringing her back to Australia.

She went to school in Brisbane at Sommerville House and attended the Technical College and trained as a home science teacher.

Once she graduated this led to her being sent to Mitchell and the next part of her life's journey.

While preparing lessons one day at her boarding house on Oxford St, a young man popped his head round the door on an errand.

Their eyes met and they were both smitten. It was Raymond Hewitt. In 1955 Ray and Pat were married and they had four children.

Mum and dad bought parcels of land attached to their house in Alice St a bit at a time and Riverlawn became a farm.

When Dad was diagnosed with leukaemia in the 70s, he was sent to Toowoomba hospital for about six months.

Mum and (her son) Fred kept the farm going while mum taught full-time as well and still played the organ at church.

In 1981 they were introduced to their first grandchild, to be followed by nine more and now they have great-grandchildren as well.

Dad passed away in 2001 the same year mum lost a dear friend Val Chambers.

Val asked mum to look out for her family and after a few years it seemed that the best way to do that properly was for George to propose to mum, so they were married in 2004.

Patricia Chambers was nominated for Mitchell Citizen of the Year in 2007 because of all of the work she did for the community.

Pat will always have a place in our hearts. She has been a part of so many people's lives, people were very important to her.

She said people work better with love, forgiveness and respect.

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