Patricia Keeley, 81, of Phoenix, Arizona and formerly of Poughkeepsie, NY and Palm Harbor, FL passed away on January 22, 2013. She was born November 1, 1931 in Kingston, NY. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Irving and Margaret House Millham, her son Michael J. Keeley and sister-in-law Betty Millham. She is survived by her daughter Kathleen “Katie” Gannon (Tom) of Phoenix, AZ, her son John R. Keeley (Katherine) of Airmont, NY her grandchildren, William F. Gannon, Cassalynn M. Gannon, Devon S. Keeley and Tara L. Keeley, and a great granddaughter, Alexis M. DelPezzo, her sister Margaret (Jack) McCloskey of Winter Haven, FL, her brothers, George Millham of Lake Lucerne, NY and Robert (Rosemary) Millham of Corinth, NY, and many loving, kind and generous nieces and nephews. Pat was married for 44 years to John Francis Keeley of Marstons Mills, MA. Pat enjoyed so much of what life has to offer: golf, bowling, cooking, bridge, travel, craft and needle work, a good joke and witty conversation with a multitude of friends. Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Brophy College Preparatory Chapel on February 1, 2013 at 2:30pm in Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Interment will be held at New Paltz Cemetery in New Paltz, NY.
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Best wishes,
Cassie and Bill have the most wonderful mother in the world and I have the most wonderful, caring and giving wife and dear friend a man could ever ask for! Her role doesn’t end there: Katie was also a most charitable, devoted and generous daughter to her mother, Pat. They were such close friends and confidantes to each other and will continue to be. As my own mother said, “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” Katie’s cousin sent a message that sums it up: “The very one who rocked you in the beginning needed you most in the end…You were there with your tender heart and your steadfast loyalty, doing the right thing exactly the way she would have hoped, exactly the way she taught you to do.”
I am so thankful for Pat’s friendship, too. The best lesson she taught me: PATIENCE. Thanks, Pat. I am glad Katie and I could be with you in our home to send you off into your new life. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for caring, doing, and spending time with us. Keep an eye out for us. We’ll be in touch!
Your favorite son-in-law!
Katie, Tom, Sass & Bill,
We’re going to get some balloons, release them on Friday afternoon at 2:30 to celebrate Pat’s graduation. After all, death is a form of a graduation. It’s not what the caterpillar perceives as the end, but to the butterfly it is just the beginning.
Your devotion to Pat was such a gift; to Pat and to you too. You are way beyond stained-glass windows that sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in your true beauty is revealed by the light from within! Your inner beauty shines brightly. You really cared for Pat by being with her till her butterfly beginning came close.
We love you,
Jim, Dot & Dan
May the memories you have of your mom help bring you comfort during this difficult time. We love you and are sending our prayers.
Boone and Marg
Peggy and Jack Mc Closkey
To my loving Sister, We shared life together from the day you were born, as kids, in school and later in marriage and raising a family.
Now it is Mom and Dads time to be with you in Heaven.I have so many loving memories of you and I will never forget you.
Now with all of the pain gone you can finally be at peace.
Your loving Sister and Brother-in-law,Peggy and Jack
Mary Jo Spirito
On behalf of the Spirito family, and especially Margaret Phelan Spirito, Pat’s loving cousin, I would like to offer the whole family our most heartfelt condolences and prayers. Rest in peace, Pat.
Elizabeth Ann Spirito
Thoughts and prayers to Pat’s family from the Phelan-Spirito’s. May the memories of your departed loved one sustain you during this difficult time. Much love from the Spirito Family..
Bob and Sue
The wonderful memories we have shared through time make the difficult times less sad. Pat was so lucky to have Kath and her loving family to share her life these past few years, and they, in turn, lucky to have her so close. May you all find peace and freedom from pain. There is no remorse for those who have given of the heart and soul. Kath and Tom, you are the angels on Earth watching over the souls of those you love. We should all be so lucky. We love you all.
Michele ,Pat, Sarah and Molly Bannon
Tom, Katie, Bill and Cassie!!
What a great tribute you gave to a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend! I’m so glad she wasn’t alone when she went to join the angels. She was surrounded by love. What a great sendoff. I can’t
wait to see you soon and to celebrate her life and all the memories!!
Anne Phelan Pillmeier
You were so much fun to be with at Grandma and Grandpa House’s farm during summers and holidays. We didn’t see each other much during our growing up, but when we did each time was memorable and fun for me. Your passing is very sad for me,so maybe someday we can share a laugh together again. With deep affection, your cousin, Anne
denise carmel martin
Kath and Tom,
I have such joyous, happy, heartfelt an hysterical memories of growing up , middle, high school and college years with you , Kath and my 2nd Mother, Pat, who never ceased to crack the whip and catch us doing the most ridiculous things ! And after we got the stern, mean Mother look, she would laugh until tears came to her eyes and we would know that we were off the hook ! I have deeply special memories of Pat and will cherish them always. God Bless and keep you, Pat, in loving arms of the angels.
You are one with the Universe. May your spirit soar in peace unity of the Heavens.
Sorry for your lose, but have to take this time and educate you that balloon launching is a sweet thought, but what happens to the balloon when it hit a certain height, it pops, lands in the ocean(most of the time…trade winds) many sea creatures try to eat it, thinking its a jellyfish, and in turn die from swallowing it. there is a wonderful new invention just came out, that are made from a paper bag and a little candle that is lit and the heat from the candle launches it. I seen them it serves the same purpose and doesn’t kill the purpoises. sending balloons out like that is really littering if you think about it. you blessed though to have such wonderful people touch your life memories are are the only thing that can’t be taken, and have the most importance !