Funeral services for Patricia Anne Kelley, 85, will be on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Spencer, NY, with interment following at Evergreen Cemetery.
Visitation will take place on Friday, April 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Allen-Manzer Funeral Home in Spencer. Mrs. Kelley passed away April 5, 2017 in Gallup, New Mexico from complications of Parkinson's disease.
Mrs. Kelley was born Patricia Anne Thornton on March 17, 1932, in Sayre Pennsylvania. She attended Spencer Central School in Spencer, graduating in 1949. She received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1953.
She married Walther Theodore Kelley in 1958 in Spencer, and the couple resided in New York State, Oklahoma and New Mexico, successively. Mrs. Kelley worked for many years as an elementary school teacher, beginning at Onteora Central School in Boiceville, New York, and retiring in 1992 from Juan de Oñate Elementary School in Gallup, NM.
In Spencer, she had been a noted singer, and she went on to conduct children's choirs in various church settings. She was a cheerleader and clarinetist at Spencer Central School, and participated in dramatics during college.
Active in civic organizations, she served on the Library Board and Community Concert Association in Gallup, New Mexico, and volunteered as an elementary school reading tutor in her retirement.
She was a devoted mother and grandmother, and remained a daughter of Spencer throughout her life, attending family gatherings, local civic celebrations and school alumni banquets.
Mrs. Kelley was preceded in death by parents Marsh Daniel Thornton and Flora Irene Randall Thornton, by brothers Ralph, Edwin, Fred and Harry Thornton, sister Frances Thornton, and by her husband.
She is survived by her brother, Ray Thornton of Spencer; three children: Erin Sue Maynerich of Gallup, Shannon James Kelley of Los Angeles and Timothy Marsh Kelley of Hutto, Texas, and four grandchildren: Joseph Ethan Maynerich of Gallup, Jessica Kate Maynerich of Salt Lake City, Sara Jordan Maynerich of Gallup, and Joel Durland Maynerich of Thatcher, Arizona.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Smile Train, and the Alumni Association of Spencer-Van Etten Central School District.