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Obituaries

April 6, 2014

Dorothea Anna Keller

NORMAN — Dorothea Anna Keller, 94, of Norman, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014. She was born Sept. 6, 1919, in Norman, to Leslie and Amelia Hall. She married her very handsome, twinkly blue-eyed husband, Herman Keller Sr. on June 6, 1941.

A lifetime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and its longest continuous member, she served and volunteered on numerous committees and the Women’s Guild. In 1990, she received an award from the church in recognition for her service and was named Woman of the Year for 1994-1995.

Appointed by the mayor, she served on the original board of the Norman Human Rights Commission from July 13, 1971, to July 13, 1972. After her youngest child started school, she went to work for the Head Start Program as a cook and later worked for the public school system in the lunch program.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Herman; infant daughter Helen Ruth; son-in-law Nick Roberts; grandsons Peter Roberts and Cory Parker; great-grandson Brian Roberts; and brothers John Hall, Leslie (Pete) Hall, James Hall and Mike Hall.

Dorothea is survived by her 11 children and their spouses, Patricia Roberts, Barbara and Steve Williams, Herman Jr. and Trisha Keller, Julia and Jerry Couchman, Mary Lee and Indra Goradia, Lewis and Sandy Keller, Susan Parker, Dottie and Mike Straight, Kathy and Mark Allen, Robert and Ellen Keller and Rita and Clayton Newman; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She also has many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m., with a Vigil Prayer Service beginning at 6 p.m., today at the Havenbrook Funeral Home chapel, 3401 Havenbrook Street in Norman. Mass of Christian Burial will beg at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 211 N. Porter in Norman, with interment following at the Warren Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in memory of Dorothea to the Full Circle Adult Day Care Services, 1304 Lindsey Plaza Drive, Norman, OK 73071, or fullcirclesadc@coxinet.net, who were instrumental in her care during her final years. In Dorothea’s honor, the family requests guests wear blue, Dorothea’s favorite color, to the service.

Arrangements for Dorothea and her family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Online condolences may be shared at HavenbrookFuneralHome.com.

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