Patricia Keener Anderson, 85, of Lancaster County, entered into rest on September 18, 2016 in St. Luke’s Hospice, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Iva G. and Martin M. Keener.
She is survived by her two children, Elizabeth L. Anderson of Brussels, Belgium and John M. Anderson of Middleburg, Virginia and their families.
She graduated from Lampeter High School and then attended Gettysburg College, graduating with a BA in Social Sciences in 1953.
After graduation, she served as a Training Representative at Strawbridge and Clothier Department Store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and, following, as a Case Worker for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Assistance in Lancaster.
From 1955-1958, she was the Assistant Executive Director of the Girl Scout Council of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania after which she assumed the role of District Director of the Girl Scout Council of Essex County, New Jersey from 1958-1960.
During the 1960s, she lived in Hawaii and in northern Spain with her family, following her husband’s career in the International Division of Armstrong Cork Company. During this time, she cultivated an avid interest in learning Spanish.
After returning to the USA with her family, she earned a Masters Degree in Education and Guidance from Millersville State College and then served as a Senior High School Guidance Counselor at Solanco High School, Quarryville, Pennsylvania from 1977-1986.
Her many interests were diverse in nature. A gifted alto, she sang in the choir at Trinity Lutheran church. A keen naturalist, she could identify all indigenous flora and fauna in the Lancaster area. A lifelong interest in literature led her to enjoy the classics and autobiographies. Her skills as an athlete were maintained by tennis and walking. She also enjoyed watercolor painting, dried flower arranging, cooking and traveling.
Private interment in the Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, September 24 at 2 PM in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 South Duke Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with the Reverend Tasha Genck Morton officiating. Friends will be received in Fondersmith Auditorium immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pat’s memory may be directed to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.