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KECK, Starry Wolden November 20, 1949 - March 9, 2016 Sonoma resident Starry Wolden Keck passed away peacefully at her home on March 9, 2016, at age 66, in the company of her loving husband. She had been in declining health for some time. She is survived by her beloved husband, William Foley Keck; devoted son, Belli Wolden Skinner; daughter-in-law, Victoria Starr Skinner; and grandson, Castiel Foley Skinner. Starry was a San Francisco native and a resident of The City for nearly 50 years. She was predeceased by her father, former San Francisco Assessor Russell L Wolden (1975); mother, Virginia Catherine Kelly Wolden (2002); and brother, Russell L Wolden III (1995). Starry grew up in happy homes in Pacific Heights and Redwood City, in her youth enjoying riding her all-white horse Spot and raising her pet donkey Pancho, and in her teenage years competing locally in both swimming and tennis. She attended San Francisco's Burke's School and graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart in 1967. Starry then headed east, and earned a degree in education and counseling for students with learning difficulties from the Windham/Landmark Colleges in Putney, Vermont. Returning to San Francisco, Starry was involved with a number of community organizations and nonprofits, and served on the board of the Youth Guidance Center, precursor to the County of San Francisco Juvenile Justice Commission. While in the employ of famed attorney Melvin Belli during a 1979 trip to Jakarta, Indonesia, Starry met the newborn child that was soon to become her adopted son Belli. Both their lives were beautifully changed forever. Starry was always fashionably appointed, and enjoyed her time working in couture and fashion with close friend Ursula Marsten at West Portal's White Rose Boutique. She was an intimate participant in, and observer of, San Francisco's storied political scene, as well as its vibrant performing arts community, where she met the love of her life, Beach Blanket Babylon musical director and conductor Bill Keck, in 1984. Through the years, Starry relished in supporting his career. They married in 1990, moved to Sonoma in 1999, and will be totally devoted to one another in perpetuity. Starry traveled with her family to Europe often during her childhood, and shared her zeal for travel with Bill. They especially loved Venice and her family's ancestral home, Ireland. Happiest when entertaining and cooking, she delighted in preparing bountiful Thanksgiving dinners for friends and family. Starry brought light, life, laughter and joy to all who were fortunate to know her. A Celebration of Starry's Life will be held on Saturday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m., at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 455 Fair Oaks Street, San Francisco, CA. A reception at the church's parish hall will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice by the Bay, 190 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476. www.hospicebythebay.org
Published in the Sonoma Index-Tribune from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2016
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