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Eileen Frances Keller

1932 - 2020


Eileen was born in Portland, Oregon on June 27, 1932; she was the daughter of Charles Desch and Frances Desch. She had 4 sisters, Eleanor, Helen, Carol and Ann. One of her household chores when she was young was to empty the water from the drip pan to the freezer because in those days blocks of ice were actually delivered to keep food cold. She cooked for her sisters while her mom went to work.

One of her first jobs was at a theatre that cost a dime for a double feature!    

Mom was a great cook. Coming home from school you could smell the pot of chili on the stove and the sheet pans of apple strudel cooling on the counter. The holidays were especially fun. She made all kinds of cookies and candies. Friends and family loved to stop by for a visit to get their samples.      

She had dinner parties for her friends. One remembered is a complete homemade Chinese food meal. Dad was right beside her helping.

One time when we got home from school she had the dining room table set up complete with her China and crystal glasses.

Eileen married George April 28, 1951. They had 5 children. Eileen is survived by  Kathy Carnes (daughter), Jerry Keller (son), Dennis Keller (son), Sharon Emerson (daughter) Debbie McAdoo (daughter). Grandchildren; Stephanie Harvey, Stephen Carnes (dec’d), Daniel Keller, Nicholas Keller, Laura Donkin, William Keller, Andrew Keller, Brittany Keller, Scott Emerson, Angela Emerson, Matthew McAdoo, and Bryon McAdoo. Great Grandchildren; Tyler Harvey, Kayla Harvey, Lauryn Harvey, Reilly Harvey, Nathan Keller, Aurora Donkin, Lorelei Donkin, Kaylee Keller, Quinn Keller, Naomi Keller, Dallas Keller, Aurora Keller, Juliet Howard, Karen McAdoo, Tristan McAdoo, Hunter McAdoo, Madison McAdoo, Breann Enfield, Carissa Enfield, Emma McAdoo, Jacob McAdoo and Lucas Keller. One Great-Great Grandchild Maverick McMann.             

During their retirement they loved traveling in their motorhome to Yuma. She learned many crafts and was eager to come home to share what she learned. Eileen made pictures out of sand and zippers, lamps made from flower pots and beads, checkbook holders from plastic, soldiers made from clay pots along with other things.

A passion of Eileen’s was to make cancer care hats for the kids at Doernbecher Children Hospital. Over the years she made hundreds!

One thing she taught us was to help those in need. If someone needed a place to stay or a meal, whether it be for a short stay or a longer stay. Or maybe just encouraging words. She was there.     

We all miss you everyday Mom.  LOVE YOU !


Donations can be made in Eileen's name to .Providence Foundations Hospice Funds







Providence Hospice Foundation
PO Box 3375, Portland OR 97208
Tel: 1-503-203-0788
Web: https://oregon.providence.org/our-services/p/providence-hospice/hospice-funds/

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