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Jaclyn Cecilia Stelloh Obituary
Jaclyn "Jaci" Cecilia Stelloh Jaclyn "Jaci" Cecilia Stelloh died Thursday, January 31, 2013 at age 53 in Hospice Austin's "Christopher House". Jaci was born on September 17, 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri, the youngest of Kenneth and Naomi Stelloh's six children. Jaci "got to Texas as quick as she could" when her family moved to Dallas. Jaci's life as a Texan began in the third grade, where she attended St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School and subsequently graduated from Bishop Lynch High School in 1978. She married John Preston Keeter and lived in Houston for a few years, but found her "heart's home" when she moved to the Austin area. Her son, Preston "Chase" Keeter was born in Austin. She was divorced shortly after and always said that she "got the best possible attendance prize"...her adorable son! She continued to live in the Austin area as she put down roots and flourished. Her energy and creative gifts were exhibited as an integral part of her property management company "Well Tended Yachts and Mansions" as well as in her artistic endeavors, including working with clay. Her skill was legendary! Jaci remained positive and hopeful throughout her struggles in life. She loved life and fought hard to stay with us. Her son Chase provided faithful, loving, and on-going care this past year, during Jaci's painful battle with cancer. Their "critters" also brought extra light into Jaci's life over the years. In the end, friendship and love were her truest treasures, both in giving and receiving. She always described herself as a "joyful person" and her friends enthusiastically agree. Jaci was "the friend everyone wishes they had." Jaci is welcomed into Heaven by her mom Naomi Brooks Stelloh, her dad Kenneth Ramon Stelloh and her brother Brooks Stelloh. She is survived by her son, Preston "Chase" Keeter and her "furry" sons, Milo and Otis. She is also survived by her brother John Stelloh, her sister Jan Stelloh Reilly and husband Dennis ,sister Joan Stelloh Henry and husband Ray, and sister Jeri Stelloh Phillips and husband Norm, a multitude of loving nieces and nephews and SO MANY friends they are too numerous to count, but YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! Jaci will continue her life of helping others by donating her "earthly vessel" to the Mayo Clinic, through the "Living Legacy" program. Jaci's favorite scripture was 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13, which is all about LOVE. Jaci's love, joy, creativity, sense of humor, sense of style and optimism made this world a better place. She will be dearly missed and ALWAYS remembered! The celebration of Jaci's life will be held on February 16, 2013 at 3:00pm at the Perdernales Valley Social Club, located at 512 Pace Bend Rd North in Spicewood, TX 78669 In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice Austin...whose ministry to Jaci and family was amazing!

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 9, 2013
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