Alice Purcell Keller, 95, of Kenton, died at 7:47 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Blanchard Place in Kenton. She was born April 26, 1924, in Wyandot County to the late Harold and Freda Roszman Stansbery. She married Harold Purcell and he preceded her in death. She then married Bob Welty and he preceded her in death and she later married Merrill Keller who also preceded her in death.
Surviving are four daughters, Charlotte Wallick of Wadsworth, Betty Purcell of Findlay, Barbara (Duane) Spencer of Kenton and Lee Ann (Steve) Willson of Peebles; four sons; Gerald (Cheryl) Purcell of Kenton, Dale (Kathy) Purcell of Ocala, Fla., Don (Deb) Purcell of Kenton and Bruce (Nancy) Purcell of Dandridge, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Bertha Stansbery of Marion and Lela Purcell of Kenton; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one niece; and three nephews.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Richard L. Purcell; and two siblings, Craig Stansbery and Dorothy Obenour.
Alice was a work-at-home Mom, running her own babysitting, laundering, ironing, sewing and cooking service. Her homemade bread and homemade noodles were top sellers. The only time Alice sat down during the day was between 1 and 2 p.m. — nap time for the kids and her time to watch As the World Turns and All my Children.
After the passing of Harold, Alice became the manager of Salisbury Park. Alice was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church.
Alice enjoyed camping, fishing and growing flowers, especially African violets. In her later years she enjoyed traveling, actually visiting every state in the United States, including Hawaii. Alice started her shuffleboard career during this time and earned enough points to be ranked as a professional in both Florida and Ohio, reaching her top rank of eighth in Ohio. She was a member of the Bluffton Shuffleboard Club in Ohio and Winter Haven Shuffleboard Club in Florida. Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Price-McElroy Funeral Home in Kenton, where calling is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 7. Pastor Gregg King officiates. Burial is at a later date in Grove Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Salisberry Park in care of thefuneral home.
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