Mary Alice Keller, 79, of Galveston, passed away Friday, October 12, 2007, at Memorial City Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
The family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Wednesday, October 17th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will be held at 7:00 pm, led by Father Bill Bartniski.
Funeral service will be 9:30 am, Thursday, October 18th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with Father Bill Bartniski officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Mary was born September 8, 1928, in Burkville, Texas, to Wesley and Jessie Stone Griggs. She moved to Galveston and married Leon Joseph Keller and began what she called her pride and joy, working for Dr. Nathan Prujansky for 25 years. Mary then worked as a school nurse for GISD, also worked for the Eye Clinic, and eventually retired from the Galveston County Clerk’s Office. In her retirement years, Mary and Leon loved to country dance and meet friends at the donut shop. However, Mary’s greatest love was her children and grandchildren. Nothing meant more to her than the unconditional love she gave and received from them. Mary was always there to listen and offer her own special words of wisdom. Her sense of humor and wit reflected her most unique outlook on life. Mary’s memory will live on in all whose lives she touched.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Jessie Stone Griggs; stepfather, Ben Griggs; brother, Willie Griggs; and husband of over 50 years, Leon Keller.
She is survived by her son, Bryan Keller and wife, Laura, of Katy; daughter, Denise Graham and husband, Jeff, of Galveston; granddaughter, Jennifer Graham, of Huntsville; grandson, Jason Graham, of Corpus Christi; sister, Dorothy Miller and husband, Curtis, of Lakewood, Colorado; sister-in-law, Donnie Keller, of Galveston; and numerous other family and friends.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Graham, Jason Graham, Shawn Holland, Randy Kellum, Dominic Marullo, and George Hutto.
Honorary pallbearers will be Victor Keller, Bob Griggs, and Joe Jaeger.
The family wishes to express special thanks to the staff of Comfy Home, Memorial Oaks Assisted Living, the wonderful doctors and nurses at Memorial City Memorial Hermann, and the staff of Vitas Hospice whose gentle care and affection brought much peace to Mary’s family.