Patricia Mary McQuillan, a contributor to Catholic Women’s League Aotearoa New Zealand for some 50 years, passed
away on April 4 at Auckland Hospital. She was 85.
She was made a Member of the British Empire in 1995, mainly for her work with the National Council of Women, but her CWLANZ involvement was mentioned in that citation.
From being a foundation member of the Blockhouse Bay branch of the CWL in 1969, she went on to have various roles in the league at parish and diocesan level, including being CWL Auckland diocesan treasurer from 1975-1979, 2001-2005 and 2009 to 2019. She served as treasurer for CWLANZ National Board for two years from 1984.
In Blockhouse Bay parish, her service to the Church included being a minister of the Word for three decades, as well as doing church cleaning for a similar time. She also convened the World Day of Prayer in Blockhouse Bay from 1995.
Other work included being a treasurer of the school committee for several years and making special banners for feast days, parish and diocesan occasions and for the CWL and the NCW.
Born in Taumarunui, Pat’s early life was in Feilding, Whanganui and Palmerston North.
She worked in the Public Trust in 1950, then Inland Revenue, where she stayed until 1962.
She attended evening classes at Palmerston North Technical College and completed the Accountants Professional exams in 1954.
In 1960, she moved to Auckland, met her husband Peter, whom she married in 1962. Mrs McQuillan is survived by her children Elizabeth, Justine, Claire and Patricia McQuillan Terence and grandson Edward.