Patricia Ruth Lehman, 88, of Newville, Pennsylvania, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, surrounded by family in her beloved farmhouse.
The family would like to thank all of the friends who prayed for Pat in the last couple of months and for the amazing medical team, Dr. Pion, FNS, and Carlisle Hospital, who took such great care of Pat.
All who spent even a short moment with Pat knew she was a woman of strong faith, with a servant's heart, and an abiding love for others.
Born in November 1929, in New Germantown, Perry County, Patricia's beginnings were far from easy; not that her joyful heart and caring soul would ever indicate the hardships she continuously overcame.
In May 1950, Pat married the love of her life, Ray Lehman. They moved to Newville where they created a loving home and family, a thriving farm and a legacy of service to their community.
Pat was an active participant in the local Lutheran Church: singing, teaching Sunday School, and being on church council and Luther League.Pat participated in Cumberland County Farm Women, 4-H, Election Board, PTA, Trauma Society and Carlisle Area Healthcare Auxiliary (where she also successfully co-chaired the Follies fundraiser for many years).
She loved music, camping, beach trips, pond parties, cooking, animals and sports -- especially cheering on her Nittany Lions. But most of all, Pat loved her family and friends with an unselfish, over-giving, unending passion that has forever left a mark on each of us. She left the world a much better place than she found it.
Carrying on her great mission of love and service is her husband of 68 years, Ray J. Lehman; her daughter, Deborah Waltemyer, with granddaughter, Desirae Ford and husband, Brian, and great-grandchildren, Wiley and Walker; her son, Dale Lehman and wife, Mary, with grandchildren, Allison, Ryan, Rory and Caroline; her daughter, Denise Garman and husband, Brian Sr., with grandson, Brian Garman Jr. and wife, Kim; her granddaughter, Darbie Miller and husband, Ryan, with great-grandchildren, Delaney and Reid;and a multitude of extended family and friends.
Pat is now joyously in heaven with her son-in-law, Galen Waltemyer, where we are confident she is hosting her best Thanksgiving party yet.
She will remain in our hearts as we continue to build on her lifetime legacy of love and service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in her honor be sent to Carlisle Area Healthcare Auxiliary, c/o Patricia Lehman Scholarship Fund, 361 Alexander Spring Road, Carlisle, Pa. 17015.
A Memorial Service for Pat will be held at 1 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Zion Lutheran Church, 51 W. Main St., Newville, Pa. 17241, with Rev. Amy Wagner officiating.
It will be a true “white out” celebration honoring Pat's life as well as her deep love for Penn State. Be sure to come in your best Nittany White! WE ARE...celebrating a wonderful life! It is not a goodbye, it is a see you later.