Viola Hunter (nee Thorne), 102, passed away at Turner Terrace in Galveston, Texas. Services will be at 11 am, Friday December 211, 2007 at Moody House Chapel. She grew up on the North Devon coast in south west England in a resort town, in a small Christian Guest House (Hotel) run by her mother. As a young adult she assisted her Mother in the day to day running of the hotel. In her spare time, she hosted a bible study for young women of the town, and supported missionary friends in China and Africa.
Just prior to the outbreak of WW II Irene married and moved to Scotland where she remained for the next 34 years. She raised one daughter and remained active in leading women’s bible classes. She become involved in multiple para-church organizations one of which was The Gideons.
Following the birth of her first grandson Irene and her husband, Thomas Hunter emigrated to the U.S.A., becoming citizens in 1977. Again she got involved in church related activities. This The Methodist Church.
One year after losing her husband in 1981, Irene retired to a holiday town by the sea and moved into a hotel, the Old Buccaneer Hotel i.e. Moody House Methodist Retirement Center. It seemed she had come full circle.
Hurricane Alline Alcia birthed thee Jubilee singers of which Irene was a founding member. Again she taught bible studies at Moody Memorial Methodist Church. She became involved playing hand bells, singing with The Misfits, even participated in Dickens on The Strand. She loved the garden and worked hard in it whenever possible. She loved to have fun and participated in all the Residents Association Events and parties even weddings! Irene loved The Lord Jesus Christ and served him faithfully all her life. She also loved her home country of Devonshire, England, making her last trip home when she was 92 years of age.
Extended family remaining includes a niece, Margaret Burns Stoppard and family, Calgary, Canada; nephew Hunter Burns and family of Nanimo, BC; niece, Janet Mitchell in Scotland; four nieces in England, Audry Coats, Heather Matthews, Sally Bashford and Gillian Green and their families, and one nephew in England, Hugh Thomas and his family. Many friends and loved ones on either side of the Atlantic will miss Irene Thorne Hunter, truly one of a kind. God Bless you Irene!