Macquarie Fields has lost one of its most community-minded residents with the passing of Ruth Hunter, aged 86.
Patricia 'Ruth' Hunter was born in June, 1933, and moved to Macquarie Fields in her teens.
She raised her family of four children in the area alongside husband Jack, and helped shape the Macquarie Fields we know today.
Mrs Hunter was heavily involved in the Macquarie Fields Progress Association up to 1974, helping to bring about sealed roads, bus routes and schools.
Her eldest daughter Anne Moore said Mrs Hunter was very well known around town.
"She lived independently her whole life, even after Dad passed away 20 years ago," Mrs Moore said.
"She never learned to drive, so she was always walking the streets, talking to people."
Mrs Hunter was also a founder of the Macquarie Fields Girl Guides, was involved in the NSW branch of Girl Guides, helped establish the Macquarie Fields swimming pools and worked with local schools.
"Mum volunteered in the canteens at Macquarie Fields High School and Ingleburn High School, and she was part of what we'd known today as the P&C of Macquarie Fields High before the school was even opened," Mrs Moore said.
"I think all up should would have spent about 15 years at Ingleburn High School.
"There were nine years between us four kids, so that's why she was involved in schools for such a long time."
Mrs Hunter also received an OAM for services to youth in 2005.
She was a member of the Ingleburn Probus Club until her death on January 12, which was also her wedding anniversary.
She is survived by four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs Hunter will be farewelled in a funeral service at St Barnabas Church, Ingleburn on Tuesday, January 21 at 11am.