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Patricia A. (Espenshade) Keller

June 23, 1946 ~ April 14, 2020 (age 73)

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Patricia A. Keller, 73, of Elizabethtown passed from this life on earth on April 14, 2020 to her home in heaven to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Born June 23, 1946 in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Clair N. and Helen (Todd) Espenshade, and also preceded in death by her brother Harold Espenshade.


A highlight of her life was serving God as a missionary for fourteen years in Papua New Guinea together with her husband, Marlin and children.  Thankful for the privilege of raising her children on the mission field, she thrived on planning many conference and guest meals and was always fulfilled to cook for many people from different ethnic cultures.  Pat had a gift of hospitality which she diligently expressed to both missionary colleagues and Papua New Guinea national folks.


A 1964 graduate of Elizabethtown High School, her organizational skills were exhibited in her secular jobs which included secretary for a finance company, secretary/bookkeeper for Lebanon Valley Bible Church and a clerk for Hershey Estates.  Pat retired from Food Services at Elizabethtown High School in 2011 and attended Calvary Church, Lancaster.


Planning travel adventures with Marlin, they enjoyed exploring God’s natural creation by visiting many waterfalls, going to flower shows and taking walks.  Pat used her God-given talent in creating silk and fresh flower arrangements; as well as designing inspirational greeting cards.  She wrote hundreds of poems, many of which were personalized. 


She really enjoyed planning special activities, food and crafts for her family as they celebrated birthdays and holidays.  Her grandchildren Kai, Brody, Mallory and Mattea brought her countless times of fun and joy and she was thankful for opportunities to hug, love and nurture their little hearts toward God.  Pat’s greatest accomplishment was a legacy she passed on to her family that “Whatsoever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord.”


Surviving are her husband of 54 years Marlin Keller; daughter Susan, wife of Eugene Hess; son Brian Keller; and daughter Jenny, wife of Nathan Hurst; grandchildren Brayden Keller, Tate Keller, Mattea Keller, Mallory Keller, Aubrey Hess, Carrie Hess, Kai Hurst and Brody Hurst.


Private burial was in Shenks Cemetery, Elizabethtown with a memorial service to be held at a future date.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Samaritan's Purse - Medical Missions

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