Helen Adrienne Keller, 79, Palco, died Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Via Christi Village, Hays.
She was born Jan. 19, 1937, in rural Zurich in Rooks County to Miles Adrian and Ruth Maxine (McCauley) Warren.
She married Edward Arthur Keller on June 18, 1953, in Hays. He preceded her in death Oct. 4, 1985.
She was a farmer and stockman. She worked diligently on the farm, always making sure her land was farmed perfectly. She took great pride in her cattle herd, knowing each animal by their markings, name or number. They established Keller Tank Service in 1957.
She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, where she was the first elected female church council member. She was involved in WELCA and taught Sunday School.
She enjoyed baking, sewing and would often stay up through the night working on these projects. She enjoyed music, dancing and cooking shows, and family was important.
Survivors include a son, Darrell Keller and wife, Johni, Zurich; two daughters, Beverly Armbruster and husband, Jerry, WaKeeney, and Brenda Lucas and husband, Jerry, Palco; a brother, Jackie Warren, Plainville; a sister, Pat Wendling, Palco; 11 grandchildren, Katie Keller and Chris Dreiling, Victoria, Charlie Keller and wife, Jessica, Sarah Jo Cearley and Dustin Armbruster and wife, Wendy, all of Hays, Travis Armbruster, San Diego, Kacey Armbruster and fiance, Tommy Slivinski, Los Angeles, Anthony Lucas and wife, Christie, Ottawa, Andrea McMahon and husband, Jack, Mission, Andrew Lucas, Kansas City, Mo., and Emily Lucas, Midland, Mich.; and seven great-grandchildren, Jace, Heidi, Alexx, Morgan, Paityn, Jada and Allie.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Douglas Keller; a granddaughter, Ginny Keller; and a sister, Jeanne Boucher.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Lutheran Church, located 7.5 miles north of Ellis.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS 67637, and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Monday at the church.
A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel.
Memorials are suggested to St. John Lutheran Church in care of the funeral chapel.
Condolences can be left by guestbook at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.