Madelyn Smith Hunter, age 92, of Queen Creek, AZ passed away in her sleep on Fri, 14 Oct 2022. Interment will be on Sat. 05 Nov 2022 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Concord, CA. No memorial service is planned.
Madelyn was born in Salt Lake City, UT. She met Evan G Hunter in San Francisco, CA, and they married in 1952. They raised their family in the Bay Area, living first in Daly City and then moving to Concord in 1962. In 1989, as retirees Madelyn and Evan moved to Willits, CA. After Evan’s passing in 1999 Madelyn migrated to Corvallis, OR, near son Shawn. In 2017 she moved to Queen Creek, AZ where children Stevan and Constance reside.
Madelyn’s primary focus and joy was family, teaching and encouraging loving relationships, and Christlike living.
Madelyn loved animals. She always had at least one pet, and often several.
Genealogy was a particularly important activity for Madelyn. She loved meeting relatives while collaborating on family history research. She aided others’ research, as well, by transcribing imaged content from well over 100,000 original records to an easily searchable digital format.
She actively served others. This was especially apparent as she served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Madelyn enjoyed many artistic hobbies including painting, ceramics, sewing, and more. She also had a passion for music. As the family pianist, she encouraged her children to learn to play instruments. She often led family music activities, and accompanied church singers on piano or organ.
Madelyn is survived by 4 children, Stevan Hunter (Kathryn) of Queen Creek, AZ; Constance Green (Joseph) also of Queen Creek; Scott Hunter (Sonja) of Twin Falls, ID; and Shawn Hunter (Michelle) of Corvallis, OR. Madelyn’s posterity includes 21 grandchildren and an ever-increasing number of great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Jay Vivian Smith and Gwendolyn Oliver Smith, sister Janice Calkins, daughter Kerry Lee Hunter, and husband of 46 years Evan Gaurdello Hunter.
As Madelyn would say: “Hugs and Kisses!”