Kay Dee Garrity-Roth, 73

January 06, 2014

Wear Your Favorite Festive Hat
What: A Celebration of the Life of Kay Garrity-Roth
Where: Charles Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory
Monday January 13
When: Noon: Gathering and Visiting
1 PM: Remembrances and Remarks
Noon till 2 PM: Silent Auction of Kay’s Original Art

Kay Dee Garrity-Roth, 73, of Lititz, passed away on Monday, January 06, 2014 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. Born in Anderson, IN, Kay was the daughter of the late Virgil and Sarah (Daugherty) Garrity. Kay was the loving wife of Vincent J. Roth with whom she celebrated 37 years of marriage.

Kay was an Elementary School Teacher in the Warwick School District for 26 years during which time she earned a Master Degree in Education. She enjoyed teaching very much, and even though she did not have her own children, hundreds of other children were influenced by her care and grace. Kay savored every moment of life as a teacher, poet, political activist, professional clown, gourmet cook, nature lover and artist. She was very talented with watercolor, and she painted Ukrainian/Pysanky eggs for which she won honorable mention at the Lancaster County Art Association.

In addition to her husband, Vincent, Kay is survived by a sister, Donna Lee Mahaffey, wife of Robert of Palmdale, CA, and their three daughters; and two stepsons, V. Kevin Roth and James W. Roth.

Kay was preceded in death by a step-son, Doug Roth.

A Celebration of Kay’s Life will be held from noon till 2 PM on Monday, January 13 at the Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. Please omit flowers. A silent auction of Kay’s original art will be held at the funeral home, and proceeds from all winning bids will be donated to the Lancaster County Art Association, 149 Precision Ave. Strasburg, PA 17579.

Contributions may also be made in Kay’s memory to the Milagro House, 669 West Chestnut Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 or to Community Action Program of Lancaster County Domestic Violence Services, P.O. Box 359, Lancaster, PA 17608.

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Condolences to the Family

January 17, 2014

Dear Vince & family…
We met the two of you at the DuGreen Cancer Center where my husband & love of my life, Peter, had treatment for this dreaded disease (2011-2012). Kay Dee was the most sparkling, adorable patient in her many wonderful hats.  She knew how to remain positive & shower most of us with her infectious spirit of goodwill especially in the eye of this vicious storm called ‘cancer’.  Please know that my thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time.  Heidi Reyburn – Lititz, PA

January 14, 2014

Dear Vince and Family,
Kay and Vince were friends of my parents, Bob and Eileen Kirk, for many decades. My parents treasured the friendshipand the time spent together. And it was a joy for them also to be able to share a friendship with others who shared their more liberal viewpoint. 
Kay was a joy to be around with a hearty laugh and you always knew she was going to speak honestly about the topic at hand. When my Mother went into a nursing home Kay and Vince were one of the first non-family members who came to visit her. Kay sometimes brought her dog with her which my Mother just loved. It was how she was always thinking of how she could help others.
My parents’ lives and the world around her was blessed with her presence. Thank you to Vince and the family for sharing her with us all. 
Pat Gibason  

January 13, 2014

One of the best and brightest parts of my childhood was being taught by MS. Garrity!! I adored her. She is still with me after 40+ years.  Truly a one-of-a-kind and I am honored to have been one of her students.
Amy Newell-Daveler

January 13, 2014

Vince, your wife made me smile every time she came for HBOT. She would walk into the room with sparkly hats…the color depicted her mood. Always bright, always cheerful. My favorite were the Christmas hats you both wore to celebrate the season. She bring us sunshine. We were blessed to know you both. Love, Connie Waltz

January 12, 2014

Life is a strange and wonderful journey and while we are here we observe, learn and we strive to leave our mark.
Kay has most certainly left her mark during her journey. This being done through her teaching,friendships of many people and always her enjoyment of life. Kay spent time with our family in our early years and most recently this past September so I have many memories of those times. Kay Dee rest in peace.
Your Indiana cousin
Phyllis Sue

January 12, 2014

I didnt have Kay as a school teacher, but I remember as a young kid telling her she was cool for being a teacher and remember her amusement at the comment. We didnt see each other often but spoke on the phone and discussed many things. I knew I could talk to her about anything and she would listen. We shared a love of genealogy and enjoyed sharing the excitement of new finds.She was an amazing person, a talented artist and one of the gentlest people I know. I am proud to have been related to her,may you rest in peace Kay you will be missed.
Daneen L. Wilson 

January 09, 2014

What a blessing and a treat to have known Kay.  She touched and enriched my life through her political activism, first, during my run for the US Senate (2004-2006) and, since 2006, working together for passage of PA Senate Bill 400 –Single Payer/Medicare-for-All universal healthcare.  We carry on the fight for social and economic justice with Kay’s passion and spirit aiding us like a steady breeze at our backs.
Love and peace,
Chuck Pennacchio

January 08, 2014

Kay was a beautiful woman who gave me the life long love of reading. Had it not been for her great dedication as a teacher, and a good friend to my mother I would never have known the joy of books. I am luckly to have wonderful memories of such a great woman. I know that I am a better person because I knew Kay.
With deapest sympathy, Heather Shaffer-Sather 

January 08, 2014

I am a former student of Ms. Garrity-Roth. I had her for fourth grade Homeroom and English in 1982-1983 school year. She was a lovely person and really made me feel like she cared wether or not I was at school. Ms. Garrity Roth made me feel special, inspite being one out of 3 students who was a minority in the school at the time, the other two being my brother and sister. I can’t remember a day when she was angry, she always had a smile on her face. The world will has indeed lost a very special person. May her soul forever live in peace. Shama Dawood (Virmani)

Monday, January 13, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory
3110 Lititz Pike
Lititz, PA 17543
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