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June Keller

May 6, 2011 by

June Keller, 89, of Fort Bidwell, Calif. passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 after a brief illness.
June was born in Petaluma, Calif. to John Keller, Sr. and Edna Cordelia (Smith) Keller on June 5, 1921.
She attended school in Petaluma and upon graduation from Petaluma High School she enrolled in the University of California. It was there that she obtained her Bachelor’s degree. During World War II she worked at the Department of Agriculture in San Francisco, Calif. Her desire to be an elementary school teacher led her to San Francisco State University. She graduated from there and began her teaching career in Sonoma, Calif. She later transferred to Petaluma, where she taught for 30 years before retiring. During  this period of time she also received her Masters Degree in Education from Ursuline University in San Rafael, Calif.
In 1982 June moved to Fort Bidwell, Calif., a move that she never regretted She loved the beauty and serenity of the area. At this time she began teaching at Surprise Valley Elementary School as a reading instructor. After retiring  from this position, June filled her days pursuing her various interests and hobbies. She was an avid reader and loved gardening, photography, needle work and genealogy.
She was Past Worthy Matron and 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, active in the Church of Latter Day Saints and served on the Fort Bidwell Cemetery Board.
June was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Mervyn Lowe Keller and Kenelm Lloyd Keller; great-nephew Brandon John Keller.
She is survived by her brother John Keller, Jr., and his children Julia Ann Uglade and John Keller III; grandchildren Caitlyn Johanna Schuft, Noelle Justine Keller, Alyssa Gabrielle Keller and Andrew Spencer Keller; nieces Carol Keller Ricci and Christine Keller; numerous other nieces and their children. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and family.
A memorial service in her honor is planned for Friday, June 10, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Church of Latter Day Saints, County Rd. 1, Cedarville, Calif.

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