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Barbara J. Keller

September 3, 1929 April 8, 2021
Barbara J. Keller
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Obituary for Barbara J. Keller

Barbara Jean Keller of Brighton died peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, April 8, 2021. She was 91 years old. She was born on September 3, 1929 in Nashville, Tennessee. Barbara was the daughter of David and Rosa Mae Engel.

Barbara later moved to Detroit where she met the love of her life and future husband, George Keller. She was a singer in a band which is how they met. George asked the band leader time after time if he could dance with Barbara, she agreed, from there he was her ever loving. They eventually married on June 7, 1952 at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit. She worked as an elevator starter when she first came to Detroit, then was employed as a customer service representative for several banks. Barbara retired from Michigan Consolidated Gas Company in the cashiers department, where she and George would ride together every morning. Barbara was a true American patriot and worked hard all her life.

They lived in Dearborn Heights for many years and then eventually moved to Livonia, and then finally built their dream home in Brighton. As a family they traveled together to Germany, Austria, Switzerland; went on several cruises, Gulf Shores, Alabama and many dinner trains to see Broadway plays like Phantom of the Opera in Toronto, Canada. Barbara also had a love for good food, frequenting many nice area restaurants such as Stillwater Grill and Fenton Hotel. In her later years, she loved to read, watch movies, enjoyed puzzles - especially the crossword puzzles in the newspaper, and television shows starring Tom Selleck. Barabara loved having her dog Cooper right by her side. She alway bought the latest toy or snack for him.

Barbara was up on all the latest trends and stayed attuned to the world and what was going on, She was a fighter and stayed strong as much as she could.

Preceded in death by her ever loving husband of 66 years, George D. Keller Jr., Barbara, is survived by her son, Christopher (Tonja) Keller; niece, Ann Franklin; nephew; David (Lynn) Bowers; great-niece, Barbara (Joe) Jaschuk; and extended family and dear friends.

Barbara is also preceded in death by her niece, Francis Bowers; nephew, Curtis Bowers; siblings, Felix Engel, Rozetta Bowers, Louise Rose, and James Engel.

Send a card, pet a dog, eat the good foods and enjoy life to the fullest!

Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 600 E. Main St., Brighton, MI 48116, on Monday, April 12, from 4-7PM. An Order of the Eastern Star Ceremony will be held at 6:15 PM.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and CDC restrictions, the funeral home is limited to 25 guests at a time. Those attending are asked to wear a mask, maintain appropriate physical distance and be brief in visiting to allow others to do the same.

A Private Family Service will be held on April 13th, 2021.

Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Brighton.

Memorials may be made in her honor to:

Humane Society of Livingston County
2464 Dorr Rd
Howell, MI 48843


Eastern Star Victoria Chapter
c/o Linda Otte
21305 Robinwood Street
Farmington, MI 48336

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4:00 PM 4/12/2021 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 4/12/2021 7:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Brighton

600 East Main Street
Brighton, MI 48116

Under the current restrictions and guidelines, we ask that friends that gather to please keep the visitation brief so we can allow others to visit.

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Brighton
600 East Main Street Brighton 48116 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Eastern Star Victoria Chapter c/o Linda Otte

21305 Robinwood St.
Farmington, MI 48336

Livingston County Humane Society

2464 Dorr Road
Howell, MI 48843

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