Barbara Jean Keller, age 88, of Groveport, passed on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at her residence after living a wonderfully full life. She was born August 25, 1929 in Columbus to the late Harry Dale and Esther M. (Dolder) Radugee Sr.
As a young girl Barbara Jean lived on a farm in Groveport, Ohio and was surrounded by farm animals and horses. Her love of animals continued throughout her life as well as the love of her hometown Groveport, where she was lucky enough to live most of her life. Barbara Jean was a Groveport Madison High School, Class of 1947 graduate. Barbara Jean loved to sing and was graced with a beautiful voice. While young she sang in her church choir, then in her middle years was chosen to sing in the chorus for the yearly “Vauldevillities” shows in Columbus, Ohio. She also believed in “Giving Back” and chose her service as a volunteer for local hospitals. Barb volunteered at St. Anthony (Park Medical/Ohio State East) Hospital for over 15 years and at Mount Carmel East Hospital for over 30 years.
Barbara Jean is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Robert E. Keller, A Co-Owner of Mercury Keller TV; son, Charles E. (Sue) Keller; daughter, Linda M. (Tom) Whitacre; grandchildren, Steven V. (Tami) Mason, Lindsey A. (John) Ely; great-grandchildren, Natasha and Caleb Mason, Madison, Bryson and Kierson Ely.
She is preceded in death by her son, Paul M. (Sherry) Rock, grandson, Channing V. Mason; adoptive parents, Roman W. and Barbara M. Schumacher. Barbara Jean leaves behind her beloved brother, Harry Dale (Julee) Radugee Jr.; and niece, Nancy (Roland) Bryars.
The family would like to thank Mt. Carmel Home Health Care and Hospice for the wonderful care and support they provided for Barbara and her family.
Family and friends may visit 3-6:30 pm on Monday, October 16 at DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 650 W. Waterloo St., Canal Winchester, OH 43110 where a funeral service, officiated by Deacon Roger Pry, will follow at 6:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara Jean’s memory can be made to Mt. Carmel Hospice Care, 1144 Dublin Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43215.