Audrey Joanna (Schaulis) Keeling, 91, died July 1, 2019 in Salina, Kansas. She was born July 13, 1927 near Wakefield, Kansas, the first child of Ross Berkley Schaulis and Helen Mary Alsop.
Audrey graduated from Clay County Community College High School in 1945. She worked for the next year, earning enough money to pay for one year of college at Kansas State University where she studied Home Economics.
She married Bill Gene Keeling on February 1, 1948, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Clay Center. He preceded her in death in 2000. The couple lived in Salina for their entire married life, raising two sons, David Gene Keeling and John Richard Keeling.
Audrey was a wife and mother first, but also worked outside the home in a variety of roles including telephone operator, bank teller and school secretary.
She loved genealogy and spent 25 years researching and compiling family histories for her family and countless others as a volunteer at the Salina Genealogical Society Library.
Audrey was a lifetime member of the Somerset County PA Historical and Genealogical Society, Clay Center County KS Historical Society, and Brown County KS Genealogical Society. She was also a member of the Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies, Riley County, KS Genealogical Society, Smoky Valley Genealogical Society of Salina and the Wakefield Museum.
She is survived by her sister Ruby (Schaulis) Quarterman, sons David (Melinda) Keeling and John (Colin) Keeling, three granddaughters, Jamie (Cody) Delaney, Corey Keeling and Brooklyn Keeling, two great grandchildren Zoe and Donovan Delaney, and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, July 7 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Salina Presbyterian Manor, 2601 E. Crawford, Salina. Light refreshments will be served following the service to allow family and friends to gather.
Funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 8 at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. 8th Street, Salina. Viewing and respects may be made in the hour prior to the funeral service. Cremation and a private graveside service will be held later in the Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan Fund, Clay County Historical and Museum, Wakefield Museum or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Clay Center, KS.
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