Dorothy "Vera" Keel, age 81 of Bellingham, passed away February 10, 2013. She was born August 30, 1931 in Clandonald, Alberta Canada to Thomas and Agnes Williamson and was the youngest of five girls. She grew up and attended schools in Victoria, BC Canada. Vera met her husband William J. Keel the summer of 1950 and they married November 8, 1952. They had four children Gary Keel (deceased), Robert Keel, Bradley (Leanne) Keel, and Karey (Scott) Stidham and eight grandchildren Nicolle (Shawn), Krissy, Breanna(Greg), Josh, Tim (Amanda), Bobbi, Jamie (Eugene), Jerry and eight great-grandchildren Tommy, Caiden, Riley, Carissa, Ciarra, Lydia, Hayley, Natalie. She is also survived by her sister Phyllis, and numerous loving Canadian family members and many very close friends. Vera was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and her infant son Gary. Vera was very proud to become a U.S. citizen in 1964 and was employed as a dental assistant, receptionist and bookkeeper. In 1968, she became co-owner of a dress shop in Blaine and another shop in Ferndale. A gifted artist, Vera painted many beautiful paintings. Gardening was a favorite hobby and she enjoyed flowers and growing roses. A wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Vera will be truly missed by all. The Family would like to thank the staff at Christian Health, Whatcom Hospice and Visiting Angels. A memorial service will be held Friday, February 15,2 PM at North Bay Christ the King, 4895 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd, Birch Bay.
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Published in Bellingham Herald from Feb. 12 to Feb. 15, 2013