Rev. Patricia Dunlap, 82, co-pastored with husband

By on September 5, 2012

Rev. Patricia A. (Templin) Dunlap, 82, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at Mt. Hope Nazarene Retirement Community, where she had been a resident for one month.

She was born Nov. 3, 1929 to the late Raymond C. Templin and Ruby (McCullough) Templin of Coatesville. She later moved to Ephrata with her parents and older brother, Raymond Templin Jr., currently a resident of Skowhegan, Maine.

A graduate of Ephrata H.S. in 1947, she received her bachelor of science in psychology at Penn State University in 1951. While at Penn State, she met Stuart Dunlap and they were married Aug. 25, 1951. During a residency in Swarthmore from 1964 to 1974, Patricia taught psychology at Swarthmore High School. She and her family moved to England to study theology, finishing her master’s of divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1978. In 1980, Patricia and Stuart were the first clergy couple to be ordained as Presbyterian ministers in Philadelphia. During their ministerial tenure, she served as co-chaplain at several retirement and skilled nursing facilities in Pennsylvania and Delaware as well as co-pastor of three churches in Maryland. She and Stu retired in 2001, with over 20 years of active ministry. They moved back to Lancaster in 2003.

Along with her husband of 61 years, Patricia is survived by her son: Scott, husband of and Roberta Dunlap, of Willingboro, N.J.; daughter: Mary, wife of Charles Hippsley, of Oxford, U.K.; son: Mark, husband of Colleen Dunlap, of Phoenix, Md.; daughter: Anne, wife of Savage Frieze, of Norfolk, Conn.; and seven grandchildren; Caitlyn, Justin, Anthony, Andrew, Trevor, Amy and Sara.

She had a wonderfully creative spirit and enjoyed music, drama, art, painting and playing the harp. She had an energetic zest for life that she passed along to her children and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 140 E. Orange St., Lancaster, with Rev. Dr. Donald Hackett officiating. A private service of interment will be in the church’s memorial garden. Attendees may greet family members at the church between 1 and 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse at samaritanspurse.orglindex.php/giving/2012/.

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