2007-03-17 / Obituaries

Betty Jane Smith Keller

Betty Jane Smith Keller, 78 of Baltimore, was peacefully called home on Monday, March 12, 2007. She was the daughter of the late James Lee and Nellie Foltz Smith.

Betty was a graduate of the Kirkersville High School Class of 1946. She was a lifetime member of the St. Michael's United Church of Christ of Baltimore. Betty was Church Treasurer for 20 years and active with the Women's Fellowship. She served as an Election Day poll worker for many years for the Democratic Party. She was a member of the Get Together Club and the Home Extension Club as well as a volunteer for many charities in the area. Betty dedicatedly worked in farming with her surviving husband of nearly 60 years, Owen D. Keller. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who always expressed the importance of doing your best, using your talents, helping the helpless, and following Christ's teachings. She enjoyed reading, vegetable gardening, canning, boating, fishing, and traveling.

Betty is survived by two children and their spouses, four grandchildren, two-step granddaughters, eight great grandchildren, and eight step-great grandchildren. They are daughter, Lynne (Bruce) Dern; son, James (Judy) Keller; grandchildren, Stephanie (Daniel) Shook, Cindy (Phillip) Eastep, Robert Dern, Alison (James) Miller; great grandchildren, Emily and Katelyn Shook, Owen and Audrey Eastep, Colton, Elijah, Treston, and Cassandra Miller all of Baltimore; step-granddaughters, Kathy (Tim) Steiner of Mikado, MI, and Noelle (Peter) Simons of Columbus; step-great grandchildren, Jared, Jason, Jordan and Joel Steiner and Olivia, Mary, Alexandra, and Annabelle Simons; her special sister and special brother-in-law, Lily Bernice and Robert E. Bibler and their two children; nephew, Ronald Bibler and family; and niece, Karen Ruble and family. Betty is survived by many other dear relatives and lifetime friends. Funeral service will be held Friday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael's United Church of Christ with Pastor Larry Miracle officiating. Burial to follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Friends may visit Thursday from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. at the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home, 207 S. Main St., Baltimore. Memorial gifts may be given to St. Michael's United Church of Christ, 2495 Bickel-Church Rd., Baltimore, Oh 43105.

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