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3/14/2017 1:18:00 PM
Patricia Joy Munro August 28, 1934 - March 1, 2017

Patricia (Pat) Joy Munro passed away with her family by her side on March 1, at her home in Salem.

Pat was born on August 28, 1934, in Moline, Illinois, to Loren and Evelyn Dennhardt. She attended school in Port Byron and Hillsdale, Illinois and Yamhill, Oregon, graduating from Yamhill High School in 1952.

Pat was active her entire life, involved in her church, school life when her kids were young, and in her community. She worked for most of her adult life including First National Bank in Carlton, secretary at Yamhill Grade School, administrator and General Manager at Black Butte Ranch, and city planner at the Marion County Planning Department where she worked until retirement.

Pat loved being with people which was evident by the many friends throughout her life - from leading a 4-H club, to directing singing groups, playing softball or organizing a Red Hat Club, she was always busy. Pat was always organizing events, making sure holidays were celebrated, and never missing a chance to attend family activities.

Pat had a "sparkle" and was known for her genuine smile and laugh, her bright colors, and matching outfits. She loved working in the yard, caring for her flowers and always updating her curb appeal. She sewed, crafted everything, and loved to paint.

But the love of her life was her family. She was proud of her children and grandchildren, never missing a chance to let them know how much they were loved. Our hearts are a little broken, but we know she is at peace.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Loren and Evelyn Dennhardt and her brother, Jim Dennhardt. She is survived by her children, Janelle Beers (Bob) of McMinnville, Julie Bellows (Dan) of Carlton, Jeff Munro (Lori) of Sherwood, 8 grandchildren, and her sister Loryn Moore of Canby.

A memorial celebration will be held on March 18, at 1 p.m. at Calvary Chapel, McMinnville. Donations can be made to Hospice Care of the Northwest or the H.R. Hoover Cancer Center in McMinnville.

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