Services for Annie Velaria Chambers Keeler, 101, are set for 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, at First United Methodist Church in Goldthwaite, Texas, with the Rev. Pat Glazener-Cooney officiating.
Burial will follow in Zephyr Cemetery. Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home in Goldthwaite is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, at the funeral home.
Mrs. Keeler died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, in Goldth-waite.
The daughter of Brown County pioneers, W.H.G. and Nancy Susan Shirey Chambers, Annie Velaria was born March 13, 1906, at Wolf Valley, Texas, the seventh of nine children, all of whom preceded her in death. She was married to Charles Alton Keeler on July 27, 1922, in Burkett, Texas. They moved to Mills County in 1958. Alton Keeler died in 1977.
A fine lady, Mrs. Keeler was wise and gracious and truly beautiful. The beauty of her life was exemplified in her love of God and in her every day living and helping others. She was a dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church in Goldthwaite, sang in the church choir and served with the United Methodist Women. She was also an avid gardener and member of the Garden Club. Her yard on Fisher Street in Goldthwaite won “Yard of the Month” honors numerous times. She was active in Eastern Star, Self-Culture Club, Courthouse Steps Quilting Club, the Mary Garland Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mills County Historical Society.
Survivors include her daughters, LaVerne Kilgore of Fort Worth, Christine and her husband Dr. B.L. Williamson of San Marcos, and Anne Loyd and her husband Bob of Zephyr; six grandchildren, Rise Crews of Denton, Shari Taylor of Goldthwaite, Michael Williamson of Houston, Marquis Williamson of Fredericksburg, Angelique Jones of Brownwood and Stephen Loyd of Zephyr; nine great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Keeler was preceded in death by all eight of her siblings, Walter R. Chambers, Lola Chambers Wooldridge, Lillie Chambers Mills, Ina Chambers Newton, Allie Chambers Triplitt, Opal Chambers Byrd, Weldon Chambers and O.B. Chambers; a son-in-law, H.D. Kilgore; and a great-granddaughter, Cari Crews.