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Dorothy Keller

Dorothy Maxine Keller, daughter of Alfred "Pete" and Avis (Benson) Pacha, was born July 1, 1923 near Diagonal, Iowa. Dorothy grew up in Diagonal and graduated from Diagonal High school in 1941.
Dorothy married Robert Earl Keller on April 4, 1942 in Grant City, Missouri. They farmed west of Diagonal for several years before Bob's career took them to Omaha, Nebraska. The family also lived in Wisconsin and Illinois. They retired to Lebanon, Missouri. In 1992, Dorothy and Bob returned to southwest Iowa and settled in Creston, Iowa.
Dorothy loved her flowers and working in her garden. Dorothy was well known for digging up some of her beautiful plants and flowers and was so proud and happy to share them with friends and family. Many of her plants and flowers were originally started by her mother, Avis Pacha, and thus the tradition began. Her beautiful Peonies and other favorites are now growing in Kansas City, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Arizona and Utah. Dorothy loved to crochet and with gift of love and patience she has taught many people. Dorothy was a loving wife and mother. She enjoyed being a homemaker, cooking, gardening and spending time with her children and grandchildren. In addition she belonged to the legion auxiliary.
After Bob passed away on April 24, 2012, Dorothy moved to Flower Mound, Texas. She passed away in Flower Mound on April 29, 2013 at Autumn Leaves of Flower Mound Memory Care Facility. Dorothy was well loved by the staff and caregivers for her wonderful sense of humor and kindness. She made many friends and was dearly loved by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Leslie Keller; grandson Bryan Craddock; son-in-law Paul Craddock, Sr.; and sisters Mary Ann Gardner and Phyllis Hogue.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children Clyde Keller & wife Nancy of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Ron Keller & wife Terrie of Fayette, Utah and Diane Pierce & husband Eric of Flower Mound, Texas; grandchildren Brandy Ratley, Paul Craddock, Jr., Tara Penders and Stephanie Bridges; great grandchildren David Ratley, Conor, Chase & Cloey Craddock; sister Margaret Swank of Lenox, Iowa; brother-in-law Dean Gardner; other relatives and friends.
A memorial fund has been established for Alzheimer's Association, Greater Iowa Chapter, 1730 28th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266.

  • Open Viewing

    May 03, 2013
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    216 Broadway
    Diagonal, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    May 03, 2013
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    216 Broadway
    Diagonal, IA

  • Funeral Service

    May 04, 2013
    10:30 AM

    United Church of Diagonal

    Diagonal, IA

  • Burial

    Saturday May 04 2013

    Bethel Cemetery

    Diagonal, IA

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Our love and sympathy go out to the family. We have many memories over the past 80 years of hard work and lots of laughter too. We are sorry we can''t be with you this time but our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Phil and Mary Stamper

Posted by Mary Margaret ( jezek) Stamper - Colorado Springs, CO - old neighbor and cousin   May 03, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to Clyde and Nancy and all of your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Mother was a very special lady and will always be with you in your heart.
Much love,
Barbara and Tom Cluchey

Posted by Barbara and Tom Cluchey - Indian Land, SC - Friend   May 02, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Mom will always be a part of my life. I have held many wonderful memories of her and Dad. Mom Rest in Peace. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

Posted by Raelene Keller - Tooele, UT - EX daughter-in-law   May 02, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are sent to all of you during this difficult time. We had wonderful family gatherings and I''ll always remember a house full of kids and lots of laughter!

Posted by Patti Reidhead - Mount Ayr, IA - niece   May 01, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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