Evelyn R. Keller, 86, Plymouth, formerly Chicago, passed away in her home at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. She was born Sept. 24, 1931, in Chicago, Ill., and resided in Plymouth since coming from Chicago in 1951.
Evelyn Russell married James E. Keller on Oct. 20, 1951, in Teegarden.
She is survived by her husband, James; a daughter, Kathleen P. (Hank) Gamez of Hurst, Texas; and a son, David J. (Bonnie) Keller of Bristol, Ill.; six grandchildren: Kendra (Marissa) Huski of Cibolo, Texas; Warren (Tiffany) Costanzo of Grand Prairie, Texas; John (Jennifer) Keller of Haslet, Texas; Kimberly (Trevor) Nerpal of Plano, Texas; Christina (Luke) Kelley of Muncie; and Alicia (Ryan) Frantzen of Aurora, Ill.; and 11 great grandchildren.
Keller is also survived by a brother, James (Marge) Sanchez of Chicago, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Rose Mary (Dujsik) Russell; brother, Robert H. (Donna) Russell; and a grandson, Joshua Keller.
Keller retired in 1997 after working four years as an inspector for Nipsco in Bremen. Previously, she had been employed for 13 years as an inspector for Ball Band in Mishawaka.
She was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church in Lakeville. She had been a charter member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in South Bend, where she enjoyed singing in the choir, doing nursing home visits and helping with dinners. She has previously served as a deaf director for 22 years at Twin City Baptist Church in Mishawaka.
Keller, along with her husband, enjoyed several mission trips to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Africa, Canada and Hawaii.
Visitation will be held from noon-2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31, in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m.
Burial will be in the Southlawn Cemetery, South Bend.