2/7/1934 ~ 5/25/2019
Freddie Ann Merz Keller, age 85 passed away May 25, 2019. Our loving mother was born February 7, 1934 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah to Monte Merz and Cleo Staker Merz Ream. She was a wonderful, loving devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother and friend. Her children, grandchildren and greats were her life.
She graduated from North Sanpete high school, class of 1952. She married the love of her life Kendall J. Keller, November 17, 1952 in Manti, Utah. They had 52 years together, dad passed away August 29, 2004. Mom missed dad deeply. Together they were blessed with four wonderful, loving children.
Mom was a past cub scout den mother, scouting and PTA secretary in Manti Elementary. Served on the Sanpete County jury commission, also the Manti City Beautification committee for several years.
She loved gardening and had won many exemplary awards from Manti City and the Salt Lake Tribune for her efforts in maintaining her yard year after year. She loved the outdoors and spent many good times with family and friends at their cabin in the Manti-LaSalle mountains. She would spend a lot of time out in the hills looking for arrowheads. That was her quiet time. Mom was always at dads side while they owned and operated their farm; helping dad with the cattle, turkeys and farming.
She is survived by her children; Lynn Keller Siep (Franz), Midway, UT; Stephen Keller, Manti, UT; Kim Keller Gilbert (Ken), Manti, UT; Dan Keller (Jodie), Salt Lake City, UT; brother, Sheral “Oscar” (Alaine) Merz, Salt Lake City, UT; 11 grandchildren, 22 Great, 2 great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, father, mother, step-father Tom Ream, sister-in-law Marilyn Keller Madsen, in-laws Curtis (Lila) Keller. Her love and memory will continue to live on always with her family.
How do we tell the single most important women in our lives what a difference she made, or how many times the sound of her voice has lifted our spirits and given us courage to keep following the path of our dreams. How do you find the words to thank her for the sacrifices she made and for the many ones she never told us of and the countless times she has put our needs before her own? Mom, we can’t put into words the way we feel about you but we hope you always knew in your heart how much we loved you, respected you, and thank you for the countless ways you’ve helped make our lives what it is today.
-We Love You Mom-
Our many thanks to the ICU staff at Utah Valley Hospital. The urgency and compassion that you gave our mother will not be forgotten.
Funeral services will be held Saturday June 1, 2019 in the Ephraim Church of the Bible (400 S 400 E) at 12:00 noon with a viewing one hour prior starting at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Interment in the Manti City Cemetery. Online condolence rasmussenmortuary.com