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Friday, November 17, 2023
Starts at 11:00am (Eastern time)
Shirley A. Miller Keller, 87, of Mulberry, passed away on November 13, 2023, at Franciscan Health Lafayette East. She was born on her parents’ farm in Tippecanoe County, during a blizzard, on March 5, 1936, to Raymond Harold and Ruth Anna (Steckel) Miller. She married Donald W. Keller on March 27, 1955; he preceded her in death on April 10, 2015.
Shirley graduated from Dayton High School in 1954. She met Don on her senior trip in 1954 and he knew immediately that she would be her bride. Shirley loved to sew, read, being outdoors, cleaning, and traveling. She attended auctions, worked well with Don helping on the farm, and they were always together.
She worked at Purdue from 1954 to 1963, then raised their children. After the children started attending school, she then worked part-time for Kaiser Fertilizer and Purdue University. She retired from Lazarus in Lafayette when the store closed. While there, she received the top sales award. Shirley was a member of the Mulberry United Methodist Church.
Surviving Shirley, are her daughters, Yolanda M. (Ryan) Gochenour of West Lafayette and Angela L. (Terry) Tatman of Flora; sister, LaVonne (Kenneth) Smith of Clarks Hill; brother, Don (Marilyn) Miller of Lafayette; grandchildren, Todd Hodgin, Brandi (Will) Smith, Sam Tatman, and Allen (Holly Rider) Tatman; and great grandchildren, William and Audrey Smith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents; and brothers, Cletus Miller and Elmo (Jean) Miller.
Graveside services will be on Friday November 17, 2023, at 11 am at the Fair Haven Cemetery in Mulberry. Pastor Jackie Munson will officiate. Day & Genda Funeral Home ~ Mulberry Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made in Shirley’s honor to Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, New York 10306.