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Patricia Turnbull

d. December 24, 2016

Patricia S. Turnbull, age 85 of Farmville, died peacefully on December 24, 2016 after a struggle with cancer.  Patricia was born January 4, 1931 to the parents of Warren H. and Elizabeth “Betty” Searfoss of South Williamsport, PA.

Patricia was a gifted woman who loved life and filled the room with her beautiful smile and her infectious laughter.  She was the oldest of 3 children.  As she told it, she had many wonderful experiences to shape her life.  She loved her involvement in many plays, sharing her passion for the arts and music.  As a soloist in the Lutheran Church, she met the man who would become her husband.  Her time at Lycoming College was brief, as she had met the love of her life, who she missed deeply, wed and moved with him to Indiana.  It was in South Bend, where she started her life as a devoted wife, wonderful mother, devout Christian and life “cheerleader” for many.  She had numerous friends whom she valued throughout her life.

Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, W. Ford Turnbull, her parents and her sister, Sylvia “Siber” Sachette.    She is survived by her brother Warren “Sonny” Searfoss as well as her two daughters, Cindy Montgomery and Kim Hall (her husband, Preston), her 4 grandchildren who are Eric and Paul Montgomery, Emily Keisling (her husband, Gavin) and Lindsey Hall (her fiancée, Adam Desgain) and 2 great-grandchildren, Cole and Kendall Montgomery.

Family will be receiving friends at Shorter’s Funeral Home in Farmville on Thursday, December 29 from 6-8pm.  The funeral will be at 10am on Friday, December 30 at St. John’s Lutheran Church also in Farmville.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmville, VA.

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