Patricia A. Canfield, 75

MARCH 30, 1937-AUG. 12, 2012

August 16, 2012
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Patricia A. Canfield, 75, of Martinsburg, W.Va., passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

Born March 30, 1937, in Webster Springs, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Mary Burns Smith.

She was a 1955 graduate of Webster Springs High School. She enjoyed school and was involved in numerous activities. She liked music, played the clarinet and was a majorette.

She was a member of the Methodist Church, and attended summer camp at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

In 1955, she married Gerald Santmier and moved to Martinsburg, where she gave birth to a son, Richard.

For the past 33 years, she has been married to Stanley Canfield. Before that, she joined a local theater group and enjoyed working with its members. She later worked at Grand Union, from where she retired in the 1970s.

During her marriage to Stan, they were fortunate to enjoy 25 cruises, and her favorite was sailing around Cape Horn. She liked the art auctions that most of the ships had. Stan and Patty traveled out west for several years and enjoyed the different lifestyles of the locals.

While at home, she liked to watch game shows on TV, including "Jeopardy," and talking to her friends on the computer. Stonewall, her dog, kept her in shape. Patty enjoyed returning to Webster County and attending class reunions. She loved horses, and had the joy of owning two over the years.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Martinsburg since 1980.

Patty had a good personality, was a born leader and was respected by all who knew her, especially her loving husband.

In addition to her husband, Patty is survived by her son, Richard Santmier and his wife, Robin Hess Santmier, of Hedgesville, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Matthew and Megan; two sisters, Betty Whitley and husband, Dan, of Silver Spring, Md., and Linda Snowberger of Webster Springs; and a number of nieces and nephews throughout West Virginia.

She was preceded in death by one brother.

Funeral services will be Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Martinsburg, with Pastor Ed Taylor presiding. Interment will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

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