Thelma L. (Keyton) Garrison, 1925 – 2012

Thelma L. (Keyton) Garrison

Thelma Lee (Keyton) Garrison, 87, of Campbelltown, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully with family by her side. She went home to her Lord on Friday, August 10, 2012.  She was born Friday, June 26, 1925 in Whitehall, Virginia, to the late Lee Edward and Florence Olettie (Garrison) Keyton.  She was predeceased by her loving husband Stewart Hunter Garrison, in 1962.

She is survived by three children, Jean Leibfried and husband Robert of Fredricksburg, Mary Ann Garrison of Campbelltown, Joan Coffman of Campbelltown; daughter-in-law Betty Schell and husband Gene of Annville; four grandchildren, Lori Ann Walmer and husband Daniel of Mount Joy, Robert Leibfried, Jr. and wife Cathy of Stewartstown, Owen Coffman and wife Kim of Palmyra, and Scott Garrison and wife Wendy of Annville; eight great grandchildren, affectionately called Tadpoles by their GG: Jenna Walmer, Ben Groff, Lucas Coffman, Sierra Garrison, Jamie Walmer, Hunter Garrison, Ruby Coffman, and Emma Leibfried; and many nieces and nephews that loved her like a mother.  She was predeceased by her beloved son, Roy Garrison, in 1973; and brother, Charles Thomas Keyton.

Thelma worked in the wrapping department for Hershey Foods for 38 ½ years. She was a member of the BCTGM Local 464, Chocolate Workers Union. She maintained her membership in Bluffdale Methodist Church in Whitehall, while faithfully and actively attending Campbelltown United Christian Church.  She enjoyed playing games, especially a family tournament of croquet and board games.  She kept her mind active by doing word finds and reading Christian books.  She was an example of true southern hospitality, her door was always open, and she was always ready to serve her guests. Thelma was a faithful and dignified woman who loved The Lord and her family.

Funeral services were held August 14 at Rothermel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., in Palmyra, PA, with Bishop David Heagy officiating. Burial followed at Gravel Hill Cemetery, Palmyra.

Thelma’s family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care that Hospice of Central Pennsylvania provided for their mother. Condolences may be shared at