Keller, Leila

Leila Angeline Cole Keller 90, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, at Bronson Select Specialty Hospital.

Leila was born Oct. 16, 1917, in Addison, Mich., the daughter of Lewis E. Cole and Cecil Mary (Arnold) Cole of Jasper, Mich.

She married Earl E. Keller, son of Ira and Ethel Keller of Morenci, Mich., Sept. 9, 1940.  He preceded her in death March 13, 1992.

Leila was a graduate of Charlotte High School, Charlotte, Mich.

Leila and Earl co-founded Jasper Camper Sales in Jasper in 1966. She remained a partner with her son and daughter-in-law, Lewis and Sandra Keller.

Leila was a Lenawee County 4-H leader for 20 years, teaching sewing, cooking and knitting. She maintained her love of knitting and interest in teaching the craft to others throughout her lifetime.

She was member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church for 46 years,  and a member of the sewing circle for most of those years.

Leila was a 30-year winter resident of Palmetto, Fla., and a member of the Palmetto Park Hobby Club, Bicycle Club, Sewing Guild and Sunday Night Hymn Sing Group.

Leila was an avid NASCAR fan. She followed the sport weekly for more than 40 years and traveled to many of the tracks around the country to attend races. She was beloved by many involved in the sport.

Leila is survived by  three children, Mary Yocum of Ormond Beach, Fla., Marti Moore of Vicksburg, Mich., and Lewis Keller of Jasper; five grandchildren,  Matthew Yocum of Huntersville, N.C., Jennifer Keller Baker of Wayne, Mich., Joshua Hillard of Dayton, Ohio, Benjamin Hillard of Livonia, Mich., and Lucas Hillard of Vicksburg; five great-grandchildren, Allison and Brandon Hillard of Dayton, Ohio, Corrine and Chase Baker of Wayne and Isabella Hillard of Vicksburg; and a sister, Alberta Shipman, of Adrian, Mich.

She was proceeded in death by three children, Esther Angeline Keller, Patricia Sue Keller and Elizabeth Louise Keller.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci. A dinner will follow at St. Stephan’s Church, Adrian, Michigan.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Eagle Funeral Home–Charles Fink Chapel.

Contributions in Leila’s memory may be made to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 632 S. Madison Street, Adrian, MI 49221.