Irene Keller

Irene Keller, age 93, died peacefully on April 24, 2017, at Tennova Residential Hospice in Knoxville, TN.   She was a long time resident of Normal, IL.  Irene was born March 30, 1924 in Flint, North Wales, UK, the daughter of Thomas and Margaret Singleton Hooson.  She was married to Thomas Harris Williams, with whom she had two daughters.  He preceded her in death in 1950.  In 1954, Irene married Henry George Keller, with whom she had William Ray Keller.  He also preceded Irene in death in 1978.

Irene was employed at State Farm in the accounting office for 10 years and at ISU in the Julian Hall Computer Building until she retired in 1996 at age 72.

Irene is survived by daughters Marilyn Williams (Nicholas) Lea and Irene Williams, both of Powell, Tn., son William Ray Keller of Normal, Il and sister, Sarah Platt of Flint, North Wales, UK.  She had four grandchildren, Norman Lea of Knoxville, Tn, Dylan (Sally) Keller of Milwaukee, Wi, Harris Williams of Knoxville, Tn, and Tegan Keller of Glasgow, Mt, and four great grandchildren Henry, Natalie, Carly and Silas.

Irene was a sweet feisty lady according to her many friends and co-workers that loved her very much.  Most notably the Conways, the Lederleitners, the Schenks, the Beaches, and the ISU lunch bunch.   A special thank you to Pam Beach, Connie Barling and Kim Thompson for visiting while she was in Knoxville, Tn.

There will be a memorial service at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, June 10th, at 11:00 am.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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