Patricia Kay Keller
August 17, 1944 – September 8, 2019
Patricia Kay Keller was born on August 17, 1944 to James A. and Opal A. (Fry) Gatliff in Columbus, Kansas. She was raised in Tieton and graduated from Highland High School in 1962. On August 24, 1963 Pat married Richard W. Keller. Together, they raised two children and farmed in the upper Yakima Valley. Through her life, Pat worked as a bookkeeper at Jim’s Garage, Upper Valley Farm Service Center and Apple King. She loved volunteering at the school and church which kept her involved with the community and youth of the Highland area her whole life.
She joyously went to be with her Lord on September 8, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Throughout her years-long battle with metastatic breast cancer, she insisted that the Lord’s blessings outweighed any difficulty she encountered. Her strength and hope have always been in the Lord. Though she knew how deeply she would be missed, in the end she looked forward to dancing at Jesus’ throne, free of sickness and pain.
Pat is survived by her children, Julie (Steve) Bosma and Jim (Nikki) Keller; her grandchildren Dalton Keller, Kendall Keller, Rachael Keller, Angel Aguilar, Nichole Bosma, Jake (Rebecca) Bosma, Leah (Matt) Eddie, Steven (Julie) Bosma, and Katie Bosma; three great grandchildren Logan Eddie, Sarah Eddie, and Aidan Bosma; her brothers and sisters in-law Ray and Susan Keller, Mike and Rosie Saunders, and Dennis and Roberta Caffrey; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jimmy Ray Gatliff; husband, Dick; father, Jim; mother, Opal; and many beloved aunts and uncles.
Pat deeply appreciated the support of her church family from Highland Community Church. They lovingly supported her beyond comprehension. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the youth group of Highland Community Church, where she was only known as “Grandma Pat.”
Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Keith & Keith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Church of Christ, 100 N. 72nd Avenue, Yakima. Concluding graveside services will follow at West Hills Memorial Park.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.keithandkeith.com
- Pat is survived by her children, Julie (Steve) Bosma and Jim (Nikki) Keller; her grandchildren Dalton Keller, Kendall Keller, Rachael Keller, Angel Aguilar, Nichole Bosma, Jake (Rebecca) Bosma, Leah (Matt) Eddie, Steven (Julie) Bosma, and Katie Bosma; three great grandchildren Logan Eddie, Sarah Eddie, and Aidan Bosma; her brothers and sisters in-law Ray and Susan Keller, Mike and Rosie Saunders, and Dennis and Roberta Caffrey; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jimmy Ray Gatliff; husband, Dick; father, Jim; mother, Opal; and many beloved aunts and uncles.
- Jim Keller
- Steve Bosma
- Dalton Keller
- Kendall Keller
- Angel Aguilar
- Andrew Keller
- Sean Caffrey
- Chad Keller
- Chris Saunders
- Visitation Wednesday, September 11, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, September 12, 2019
- Concluding Graveside Service Thursday, September 12, 2019
Patricia Kay Keller
Ruth (Bernath) Svinth
September 14, 2019
Pat was a very special part of my childhood. Patty Kay and me, Ruthie, as we were known then, spent countless hours together. We played together, were active in Sunday School, youth group, church, Blue Birds and Camp Fire Girls. We took piano lessons at the Wilson School of music in Yakima together. Those were special times. I remember one time when we were at church camp, Camp Ghormley. We found a harmless Garter snake and put it in the girl's restroom. Then we sat back and watched and listened as the girls screamed and ran away from it. I don't think any one ever discovered who did it. We rode horses together and spent time at the Gatliff cabin in the mountains. It was there I caught my first fish. There are so many happy memories of those simple days and I will cherish those early memories. She will be missed.
September 13, 2019
Pat will be missed by myself and many others. It’s a sad day for us on earth to have her gone, but a joyous occasion for heaven.
Victor and Caroline Wehnes
September 12, 2019
Pat was a very special Lady;she will be missed by many in our community.It has been a privilege to have known her.Condolences to the Bosma and Keller Families!
September 11, 2019
My sincere sympathy to the family of Pat Keller. I went to school with her children--was a classmate of her son, Jim--and I remember the Keller family well growing up. I recall how deeply invested in the Highland community and her church community Pat was. Her commitment and generosity have been much appreciated.
To the family members she leaves behind, I hope your fond memories provide you all with peace and comfort during this sad time. Thinking of you.
September 10, 2019
What wonderful memories I have of youth group with Dick and Pat at church. We'd go on jeep rides, campouts, and have game night after church on Sunday nights. Their love for others grew out of their love for the Lord. Prayers for all the family during this time.
Shirley Zeutenhorst Johnson
Angela Campbell (Wehnes)
September 10, 2019
Pat was such a huge blessing to me when I was in full time ministry. She always had an encouraging word to say and was such a faithful prayer and financial supporter helping to make it possible for me to share the love and truth of Christ with college students! She's in the sweet presence of her Savior!
Le Ann Straehle
September 10, 2019
Grandma Pat was amazing! Her had a heart of gold and a strong supporter of Highland. I loved seeing her at all the Scottie’s baseball games.
September 10, 2019
Pat, my most trusted friend. Trusting in secrets, stories untold, you kept me busy singing at your wedding at funerals, busy throughout our years of church events together, along with Camp Fire Girls, School Bazaars and Events, Piano Music we shared and showed each other, Community Events, Upper Valley Farm Service Center (where I so enjoyed working with you), Julies wedding, when the dress almost didn't make it, but did; Jimmy's Beer Bash, oh, that's still a secret...forgot...maybe not anymore; kids, what they didn't put us through..... you name it we were both involved together always. Your Dad was even worse than you, but he talked more. Your Mother what an angel...loved her. Pat you were so well versed and such a kind loving person. Never a negative thought was spoken...always so organized. I'll miss you so much. I'm used to phoning knowing you'll have my answer I need. Thanks for all these cherished memories you've given me, Pat, I've always admired you and enjoyed working along side of you..but then, you knew that. Love you girl. The Lord is your savior and keeper. Rest in Peace.
September 9, 2019
My dearest friend, Pat, oh the memories
and activities we shared. We sewed, cut, glued and laughed. We swam. I rescued dead mice from your pool. We acted. Thanks for doing Who's on First with me, even though you didn't want to. We prayed. We did a multitude of Bible studies and Bazaars together. I lovingly cleaned up after Bible studies. I read A Shepherd Looks at the 23rd Spalm and made you German pancakes with nuts and raisins when you got your new knee. We shopped for church events together. I feel privileged to call you my friend. Love, Janene