Thursday, 05 July, 2001

Farewell to Delores Keller

Debra's friend Delores Keller passed away Monday morning, after a long bout with breast cancer.  She was in her early 70s.  Delivered from the grip of cancer, she now rests easy in the hands of God.  Today we mourn Dee's passing, but we also celebrate her life.

For over 30 years, Dee lived in the same house on a cul-de-sac in South Scottsdale.  There are nine houses on that cul-de-sac.  In addition to her other friends, neighbors from five of those houses attended the service this morning.  Almost all stood up to share their memories.  She was a good friend to some, and a good neighbor to all.  She kept mostly to herself, but always had a kind word and a smile, and was happy to help whenever someone was in need.  She loved her dogs, and spent many an enjoyable afternoon with them in the park nearby.  Dogs often mirror their owners' disposition, and Dee's dogs were friendly, well-mannered, and obedient.  I didn't know Dee very well, but I saw that her friendship enriched Debra's life in many ways during the 10 years they knew each other.  For that I will be forever thankful.