Betty Ilene Keller, 75, died Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Abilene, Kansas. Visitation was from noon until 8 p.m. at Ward Funeral Home, Washington, on December 9, 2014. The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. A funeral service was held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 10, at the Washington Christian Church, Washington. Rev. Jim Stark officiated. Gay Lynn Manning was the organist and the congregation sang, “Hymn of Promise”, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “Amazing Grace.” Pallbearers were James Werth, Cory Keller, Kyle Keller, Matthew Keller, Shawn Keller and David Rodden. Burial was in Brethren Cemetery, Washington. Betty was born at Washington on December 30, 1938 to Lee and Lucy (Ditmars) Rose. She graduated from Washington High School in 1957. Betty worked as a CNA and a cook for a nursing home. She enjoyed baking, especially breads and rolls. The residents and staff at the nursing homes looked forward to her treats. She was a dealer for Stanley Home Products and traveled for the company, setting up booths at local fairs and events. Betty loved the outdoors and would grow a large garden to provide for her family. In her spare time she would sew, quilt, and embroider. Betty moved to Abilene and spent the past 18 years. She was a member of the Washington Christian Church and attended the Christian Church in Abilene. Survivors include her children, Roxann (Donald) Werth, Salina, Darell (Melinda) Keller, Abilene, Kevin (Pam) Keller, Jason (Janet) Keller, both of Washington, Daren Keller, Wakefield; siblings, Roger Rose, Ord, NE, Norma (Malcolm) Stamm, Washington, LaVern (Diane) Rose, McPherson, Alvin (Susan) Rose, Ocean City, CA, Wilbur (Janie) Rose, Selma, AL; eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents; and granddaughter, Jamie Keller. A memorial fund has been established to the Washington Christian Church or Meadowlark Hospice. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington.
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