Mrs. Patricia Ann Gettys, born March 31, 1933 in Allegan, Michigan, daughter of Carl William Bishop and Mizpah Marcella VanKeuren, passed away peacefully at home on May 13, 2022, surrounded by family. Pat married Melvin Duane in 1952 and was widowed in 1962, then was married to Kenneth Gettys in 1965 and widowed in 1997. Pat graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and received certification from Kellogg Community College in early childhood development. Pat worked for Upjohn, Head Start, Matteson NH, was a courier, and as a caretaker for the Crumpton family.
Pat was an avid volunteer for Hospice Care and the Churches she attended. She loved hosting family reunions and spending lots of time with her family. She enjoyed working in the garden, farming, planting flowers, and being outdoors. Pat enjoyed shopping and getting her hair and nails done with her daughter, Cheryl and granddaughter, Bobbi Jo. She enjoyed taking trips to Florida to visit her son, Tim. She also enjoyed spending time with her best friend (sister-in-law) Wanda. Pat was joyful and had a great sense of humor. She was one to make you feel welcomed and never complained about anything. Pat always found the good in all people. Pat will be deeply missed, but we know she is celebrating in Heaven with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Surviving are Pat's children, Cheryl (Jack) Elliot and Timothy Duane; grandchildren, Billie Jo Burbank, Michael (Sally) Burbank, Bobbi Jo (Will) DuBoise, Kimberly (Erik) Bell, Kenneth (Kelly) Burbank, James (Chava) Duane, Stevie Duane, Barbara Duane (Keith) Butters, Kristen (Brad) Lyle, Adam (Theresa) Gettys, as well as several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her spouses, Melvin Duane and Kenneth Gettys; children, Steven Duane, Terry Duane, Patricia Duane and David Gettys; grandchildren, Bradley Duane and Matt Gettys; siblings, Bill Bishop, Frank (Virg) Bishop, Judy Blair and Virginia Llewellyn.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Pat on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Rhema Word Outreach Center, 21342 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 South Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 49307 (www.leaderdog.org). Pat's family is being assisted by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family and favorite memories may be shared at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.
"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away."
- Revelations 21:4