Theona Ileen Keller, 77, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009. She was survived by her husband of 51 years, William 'Bill' Keller; children, Freeda (Jason 'Bump') Novacek of Shickley, Neb. and Todd (Connie) Keller of Krum, Texas; grandchildren, Karson and Anna Novacek and Emily, Jed and Will Keller; and brothers, Fred (Clara) White of Austell, Ga. and Wilbur (Leta) White of Lawrence, Kans. Theona was born to Fred and Irene White on Aug. 23, 1931, in Aline, Okla. She graduated with a BA degree from Bethany Nazarene College and taught at Irving and Bessemer Elementary Schools and Pitts Middle School for School District #60. Viewing from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the family present from 1 to 3 p.m. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2009, at First Church of the Nazarene, 84 Stanford Ave., with Pastor Mike Allen officiating. Interment will follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to the Keller Scholarship Fund through First Church of the Nazarene, 84 Stanford Ave., Pueblo, Colo. 81005. Online condolences,

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  1. Bill, Todd and Freeda,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God bless you and your families. Your wife and mom was a great lady and inspired thousands of lives.


    Rich and Mary Lane

  2. Dearest Bill, Freeda and Todd,
    I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. Even tho, we haven’t seen each other for a while now, I will always have dear memories of time spent with all of you. May God bless and keep you in this time of sorrow. Love, Sharon

  3. When I moved to Pueblo 5 years ago, the Lord sent me to First Church of the Nazarene. From the moment we met, Theona and I became friends. It was as though we had known each other our entire lives, the bond was so strong between us. God sent Theona into my life for a reason and for only a short season. Theona blessed my life by her witness and by teaching me how to be a better minister for Jesus and a better prayer warrior. We shared many things in common, and had many hours of great conversation and much laughter over the past five years. I will miss my friend.

  4. May God Bless you and bring you peace at this time. Know that Theona is in heaven with our Chirst and waiting for a glorious family reunion.

    Love all of you!


  5. Theona was an inspiration to students as a Media Specialist. She was always willing to help students research projects as well as finding a great book to read. She was a great resource for students and faculty. She will be missed.

  6. Bill and Family, our deepest sorrow for you. You both were ALWAYS so kind to Norman and I. Thank you. God be with you all.

  7. We will cherish the memories that Theona brought to our lives.She was a woman of pure faith like those of the bible. She was prayer warrior for those in need and prayed throughout the week. She will be greatly missed by many.Our love and prayers are with the family.She is with the saints and angels She is in no more pain.TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS!

  8. I’ll miss your beautiful smile and know you are still watching over and caring for your beautiful family.

  9. I am sorry for your loss. Please know that Theona will always have a special place in my heart. She was a wonderful friend to my mother and our family. I will miss her beautiful and soothing voice.

  10. To the family of Mrs. Keller,
    I was so sad to hear of our loss of a great teacher. Mrs. Keller was my third grade teacher at Bessemer School. She was the one teacher that made an impact in my life. She helped me through very tough times in school and I grew to love her very much. I know that she went to a wonderful and beautiful place. Someday we will see her again. She will always have a special place in my heart.
    Peace be with your family.

    Sondra (Garcia) Glick

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