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Miriam V. Keller

Miriam V. Keller passed away December 11, 2017, after a brief illness. Born in Ohio, she moved to California with her husband, William Keller, after WWII and they enjoyed 62 wonderful years of marriage until his passing in 2007. Miriam leaves behind her sister, Dr. Martha Verda of Oberlin, OH; son and daughter-in-law, David and Colleen Keller of Reno, NV; daughter and son-in-law, Candace and Alan Jennings of Long Beach. She was a beloved grandmother to Danielle and Nicole Keller; Amy Jennings; David Jennings and wife Kristen; and great-granddaughter, Isla Jennings.

She had a passion for education, working as an elementary school teacher in Long Beach for 25 years. Even after retirement, she continued volunteering in classrooms as long as her eyesight and hearing allowed. She encouraged a generation of readers who needed a little extra help at Gant Elementary.

Miriam, known as "Mim" to most, had a spit-fire personality and was filled with boundless energy, often spending time crafting complicated puzzles for her family to solve around the holidays. Never one for idleness and a life-long learner, she enjoyed taking courses at CSULB, watching educational DVDs (along with the occasional classic movies on TCM), and playing cards with friends. An active member in her church, First Lutheran (The Gathering), she loved giving back to those around her.

Mim was blessed with a long, loving, and purposeful life and will be sorely missed by all those whose lives she touched.

A service of celebration at First Lutheran Church will be held on Saturday, January 20 at 11 a.m. A light lunch will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her church, The Gathering, 946 Linden Avenue, Long Beach 90813 and/or the Long Beach Rescue Mission, P. O. Box 1969, Long Beach 90801. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Dec. 17, 2017
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