Doreen Joan Cantey (Patmore) passed away April 27, 2022, at the age of 95.
She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law and aunt to her family.
She is survived by her son, Paul and wife, Linda; son, Martin and wife, Joanne; and daughters, Marianne and Lisa.
She is also survived by six grandchildren, Sean, Tim, Kelly, Russell, Sam and Adam, and one great-grandchild, Kaison.
In addition, she had many nieces and nephews in both England and the United States.
She was born in London, England, July 21, 1926.
As a teenager, she experienced the nightly bombing of London by huddling in a backyard bomb shelter with her family while constantly worrying about a pending invasion by the Nazis, a life-shaping period of time.
During the war, Doreen volunteered for the Red Cross, and worked at a local market. She then worked at a department store in London.
She was on holiday in Margate, an English seaside town, when she saw two “crazy Yanks” riding on a rocketship ride repeatedly, drawing an onlooking crowd.
When the rides stopped, Airman Roy Cantey stepped off and began to chat with Doreen.
They began a long-distance relationship, and were married Aug. 8, 1953.
They were a proud United States Air Force family, and they raised four children, often while Roy was away stationed on long tours in Vietnam, Thailand, Korea and Turkey, away from his family. They also lived in England, Delaware, New York, New Mexico, Okinawa and North Carolina.
After 24 years in the United States Air Force, they retired to Goldsboro, N.C.
Doreen was a member of the British Wives Club in almost all those locations, and she and Roy were active members of the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Protestant chapel for many years.
An avid letter writer, Doreen maintained friendships near and far, and made sure to write to her grandchildren weekly.
Doreen was predeceased by her beloved husband, Roy; her mother, Lillian; father, John; sister, Edna; brothers, Brian and Tony; and sister-in-law, Shirley.
Doreen’s family wishes to thank Christal Howell, Dolly Bass, Karen Reaves Carter, Becky Smith, Penny Dobbins, Wendy Ellis, the late Edna Hinson and the late Yvette Epps for providing such warm and loving care to her over the course of the past few years.
A memorial service will be held June 24, 2022, at noon at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery,164 Longs Plant Farm Road, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to 3HC Home Hospice, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Chapel or Goldsboro WAGES (Meals on Wheels).