Velma Keck

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Velma Gladys Keck, born Willey, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in Westminster, Maryland at the age of 95. Thrice married, Velma was the wife of the late John Kinstler II, the late Robert (Ted) Fowler, and the late Hollis Keck. Velma is survived by her brother Kenneth Willey of Glen Burnie. Additionally, she is survived by her son, John Kinstler III, son of John Kinstler II; and her daughter and son-in-law Joan (daughter of Ted Fowler) and Pete Puckett; stepson and wife David and Karen Keck; stepdaughter and husband Nancy (Keck) and Don Marcus; and stepdaughter and husband Carol (Keck) and David Rupley. She is also survived by grandson Aaron and wife Judie Puckett and great grandchildren Annabelle, Abraham and Micah; grandson Jacob and wife Gina Puckett, and great granddaughters Mikaiah and Lydia; step-grandson Josh and Julie Keck and step-great grandson Corwin; step-grandson Matthew and Freda Keck; and step-granddaughter Rachel Keck. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her three husbands, her brother Lloyd Willey II and sisters Doris Linton and Ruth Marchinetti; son Gary Kinstler and stepson Bruce Keck. Velma was born at home on July 12, 1922 in Baltimore, Maryland to Lloyd and Hilda Willey. Childhood was difficult for her; and her adult life was filled with tragedy including having to work in a box factory, being widowed three times, and losing a son. However, Velma was a survivor. She embraced life with passion and contagious joy. From childhood into her nineties, Velma enjoyed being active - playing golf, waterskiing, bowling, bicycling, swimming, yoga, and most of all dancing. Velma also loved dogs. But, more than anything, she adored her family. She always made people laugh; she truly was the life of the party. Additionally, she faithfully loved and attended Hilltop Assembly of God in Westminster. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, August 12th at 11:00 a.m. at Hilltop Assembly of God. The family will receive visitors from 10:00-10:45 a.m. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Velma's life. The family would like to thank all of the friends, family and Hospice caregivers that helped care for her in her final eighteen months.

Published in Carroll County Times on Aug. 10, 2017
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