Patricia Mary Arundel

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Unsung Heroes

Revealing the Remarkable in Seemingly Ordinary People

Patricia Arundel

Patricia Mary Murphy was raised in Fremantle and having to leave home early because of her unsettled home life, she studied to become a teacher and newly qualified, moved to the country. There she met and married the love of her life, Bob Arundel who farmed at Dundinin. They raised their four children together and worked the farm on very little, but still, as Patricia is a beautiful cook, there was always a cuppa or meal to share and love and laughter in her home.

For many years in the farming community, Patricia did masses of community work but was best known for her musical ability, organising shows and entertainment in which everyone was involved. She has taught hundreds of children to play the piano and is so multi-talented musically, Bob saved and bought her her dream, a baby grand piano.

When she moved to Narrogin, Patricia transferred her community work to St. Vinnies, collecting and emptying their bins for clothing, doing food hampers and Christmas hampers in the volunteer centre in the park in Narrogin, supporting and loving in her special way. She is always at the Catholic church playing music or organising some silent good cause to help needy people.

A friend says of her; "Pat never sits still; she is the most interesting person I have ever known. She looked after Bob, living with dementia for a long time, until his last breath. Through that time, she still managed all the community work, giving so much to everyone - family, friends and strangers while remaining incredibly uplifting and giving; a true unsung hero".

Unsung Heroes

Revealing the remarkable in seemly ordinary people

Portrait painted by Graham Smith 2020.

Text compiled by Jan Smith from notes provided with the nomination in 2020.


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