Shirley Ann Keller, the daughter of Guy O. and Fae M. (Melvin) Sliger, was born on March 29, 1935, in Rock Port, Missouri. She graduated from Rock Port High School in 1953, where she was Homecoming Queen and played basketball. Shirley enjoyed many activities; singing in church choir, teaching Sunday school, playing the piano for church, and was a member of the Rainbow girls and held the office of Worthy Advisor.
On November 30, 1962, Shirley was united in marriage to Larry Keller in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. They became the parents of two sons, Scott and Michael. They lived in Simi Valley, California, where she was employed by Rocketdyne for 25 years. In 1991, the couple moved to Carson City, Nevada. For 13 years, Shirley was employed by FISH, “Friends In Service Helping,” a non-profit organization, and by the Carson City Senior Center for 12 years. Shirley passed away peacefully on August 8, 2019, in Carson City at the age of 84.
Shirley was a devoted mother, grandmother and wife. She kept in contact with her many friends. The phone calls were full of reminiscing and laughter. She and her friends were experts at reliving their school days, talking about boyfriends and detasseling corn. One time as a young girl, Shirley went on a hayride and lost her class ring, and after a time of searching, they finally found it.
Shirley never met a stranger. She could talk to anyone for a short time and learn the person’s life history. Shirley is fondly remembered by all who knew her.
Besides her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by son, Michael G. Keller, and sister, Helen Lucille Carroll. Survivors include husband, Larry Keller, Carson City; son, Scott Keller; and many grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on October 18, 2019, at First Christian Church, Carson City. A graveside inurnment was held Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at Greenhill Cemetery, Rock Port.