Topeka—Mary Katherine Allen Keller, passed away peacefully Thursday, August 12, 2021, at McCrite Plaza in Topeka.
She was born October 16, 1928, at St. Marys the only child of Hattie Kramer Allen and Vendell Allen. She graduated from St. Marys Rural High School in 1947, the year of the “Bears.”
On October 2, 1948, she married Richard L. Keller at the Immaculate Conception Church in St. Marys; they were married 72 years before his death on October 15, 2020. They were members of Christ the King Catholic Church in Topeka.
Mary Kay loved to sing, fish, camp, and travel. She and Dick traveled to many states, Europe, Ireland & Hawaii.
For many years she was a proofreader at a printing company in Topeka, and in later years worked at Capital Federal Savings & Loan. Mary Kay was a 30+ year member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Rossville, where she served as president. She was a member of the Sweet Adeline’s Jayhawk Chapter at Topeka. Mary Kay was very active in volunteer work.
Survivors include her son, Rick (Janelle) Keller, Topeka, and her grandson, Chase Keller, Topeka.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. Interment will be in West Lawn Memorial Gardens, Topeka. Mrs. Keller will lie in state from 9:30 until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Jimmie Lillard Post No. 31 of the American Legion and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home.
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