Anne Clarke Hunt, age 68, died peacefully at home, with her family by her side, in Mirror Lake, N.H., on June 18, 2018, after a year-and-a-half battle with glioblastoma brain cancer.
She was the daughter of the late Joan and Arthur Clarke, and was the eldest of five siblings, whom she dutifully helped raise and care for throughout her life. Anne grew up in Barnstable, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, where she loved to play tennis and sail Beetle Cats in Barnstable Harbor.
Anne attended Friends Academy in North Dartmouth, Mass., Walnut Hill School in Natick, Mass., and Boston University, where she graduated in 1972. She then began her four decade career as a physical therapist, where her firm but loving approach helped thousands of patients along the way. She was a generous and beloved member of her teams, most recently at Back Bay Rehab and Action Sports, both in Wolfeboro, N.H.
Anne often said “family is everything!!!” She started her own family with Gordon Hunt when they married in November 1973. Together they made homes in Hingham, Mass., and New London, N.H., before settling in Tuftonboro, N.H., in 1984. They have a son, Alex, and daughter, Emily, who were Anne’s greatest joy. As a grandmother, who her grandchildren called “Nomi,” she delighted in activities like making cakes for their birthdays and taking them for drives around the yard on her tractor.
When Anne’s mother died in 2006, she became the matriarch of her large family, including her four siblings and their families. She was most in her element hosting a holiday for over 30 people and making it all look effortless, hauling out seemingly endless decorations, and preparing enough food for weeks of leftovers.
A talented knitter, Anne was known for her owl sweaters for babies, which she gave generously, while guarding the pattern closely. She won many blue ribbons at the Sandwich Fair for these and other impressive handicrafts. She also enjoyed gardening, volunteering at All Saints Episcopal Church and elsewhere, and traveling the world with Gordon. She especially loved long trips to Mexico, where they traded New Hampshire winters for bronzed skin and snorkeling.
Anne is survived by her devoted husband of 44 years, Gordon Hunt, of Tuftonboro, N.H. She is also survived by Alex and Kerry Hunt, with children Drew and Paige, of Tuftonboro, N.H.; Emily and Daniel Esch, with children Charley and Oscar, of Boulder, Colo.; and her loving siblings, their spouses, and 12 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Sunday, July 1, at 3 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church in Wolfeboro followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations in Anne’s memory can be made to The Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association “The Nick,” P.O. Box 838, Wolfeboro, NH 03894, or The Friends of Abenaki ℅ Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation, P.O. Box 629, Wolfeboro, NH 03894. These are two places where she loved seeing her grandchildren play.