Obituary for Alice Purcell Keller

Written by on June 6, 2019

Alice Purcell Keller  95

of Kenton

Funeral Services for Alice Purcell Keller will be held at 1:00PM Saturday, June 8, 2019 at The Price – McElroy Funeral Home in Kenton with Pastor Gregg King officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at Grove Cemetery. Friends and family may visit from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Friday, June 7, 2019 at the funeral home.

She died at 7:47 PM on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Blanchard Place in Kenton. She was born on April 26, 1924 in Wyandot Co to the late Harold and Freda Stansbery. She married Harold Purcell and he preceded her in death, she then married Bob Welty and he preceded her in death, she later married Merrill Keller and he preceded her in death.

Surviving are 4 daughters; Charlotte Wallick of Wadsworth, Betty Purcell of Findlay, Barbara Spencer of Kenton and Lee Ann Willson of Peebles, Ohio. 4 sons; Gerald Purcell of Kenton, Dale Purcell of Ocala, FL, Don Purcell of Kenton and Bruce Purcell of Dandridge, TN. 2 Sister-in-laws; Bertha Stansbery of Marion and Lela Purcell of Kenton. 18 Grandchildren, 29 Great Grandchildren, 4 Great Great Grandchildren, 1 niece and 3 nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son Richard L. Purcell and 2 siblings; Craig Stansbery and Dorothy Obenour.

Alice was a work at home Mom, running her own babysitting, laundering, ironing, sewing, and cooking service. Her homemade bread and homemade noodles were top sellers. The only time Alice sat down during the day was between 1-2, nap time for the kids and her time to watch “As the World Turns” and “All my Children”. After the passing of Harold, Alice became the manager of Salisbury Park. Alice was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church.

Alice enjoyed camping, fishing, and growing flowers, esp. African violets. In her later years she enjoyed traveling, actually visiting every state in the United States, including Hawaii. Alice started her shuffleboard career during this time and even earned enough points to be ranked as a professional in both Florida and Ohio, reaching her top rank of 8th in Ohio. She was a member of the Bluffton Shuffleboard Club in Ohio and Winter Haven Shuffleboard Club in Florida.

Memorial donations may be made to Salisberry Park in care of the funeral home.

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