October 25, 1999
She enjoyed the arts, the outdoors, fairs, telling stories, cooking, and though her vision troubled her late in life, she had a keen eye for natural patterns that slipped past the eyes of others. Her last days were marked with incredible courage.
Jeanne, who was only 89, was born at the gates of Mount Rainier in the tiny sawmill community of National. An only child, she and her parents moved often, living in Tacoma, Seattle, and Wenatchee. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1929 and attended the University of Washington, where she studied dance and English.
She married Roy H. Kay in 1942. The couple had two children and lived in North Seattle before moving to Woodinville in 1961.
She is survived by her son, Doug Kay, and daughter, Pat Kay; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; daughter-in-law Connie Kay; and son-in-law Thomas Walgamott. Jeanne's remains were placed next to her husband's at Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home.
Preceded in death by her husband, Samuel H. Keller in 1976, and her son, Dr. Jack H. Keller, in 1986, she is survived by her daughters, Susan Schwasnick and her husband Dick of Bellevue; Mary Ann Musgrove and her husband Ed of La Conner; and her daughter-in-law Phyllis Keller of Woodinville. Also surviving are her four grandchildren, Elisa Schwasnick of Sunnyvale, California; Sam Keller and his wife Cyrina of Bozeman, Montana; Andy Keller and his wife Cynthia of Kirkland; and Steve Schwasnick and his wife Michele of Redmond; along with her four great-grandchildren, Vivian, Anabel, Kimberly, and Jack, plus many nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Connell High School, Mary attended Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Spokane. Upon receiving her RN degree in 1932, she went to work at the hospital in Kellogg, Idaho, where she met and married her husband Sam in 1935. They remained in Kellogg, raising their three children until retirement in 1972, when they moved to Kirkland. Throughout her years in Kellogg, Mary worked as a nurse, first at the hospital, then as a school nurse. Only recently had Mary moved to the La Conner Retirement Inn in La Conner.
Throughout her life, she was active in many organizations, including the Methodist Church, Idaho State Nurses Association, Order of the Eastern Star, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She loved to read, travel, and enjoy her many friends and family. A keen observer of life, this loving and compassionate mother and friend will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Keller Memorial Foundation, c/o Kirkland Kiwanis Club, 90 Central Way, Kirkland, WA 98033. Services were held on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Lake Washington Methodist Church.