Dorothy “Vera” Keel, age 81 of Bellingham, passed away Feb. 10, 2013. She was born August 30, 1931 in Clandonald, Alberta, Canada to Thomas and Agnes Williamson and was the youngest of five girls. She grew up and attended schools in Victoria, B.C., Canada.
Vera met her husband William J. Keel the summer of 1950 and they married Nov. 8, 1952. They had four children Robert Keel, Bradley (Leanne) Keel, and Karey (Scott) Stidham and Gary Keel (deceased); eight grandchildren Nicolle (Shawn), Krissy, Breanna(Greg), Josh, Tim (Amanda), Bobbi, Jamie (Eugene), Jerry and three great- grandsons Tommy, Caiden and Riley. She is also survived by her sister Phyllis, and numerous loving Canadian family members and many very close friends. Vera was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and her infant son Gary.
Vera was very proud to become a U.S. citizen in 1964 and was employed as a dental assistant, receptionist and bookkeeper. In 1968, she became co-owner of a dress shop in Blaine and another shop in Ferndale. A gifted artist, Vera painted many beautiful paintings. Gardening was a favorite hobby and she enjoyed flowers and growing roses. A wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Vera will be truly missed by all. The family would like to thank the staff at Christian Health, Whatcom Hospice and Visiting Angels. A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 15, 3 p.m. at North Bay Christ the King, 2748 Peace Portal Drive, Blaine.
You are invited to share your memories and condolences in the online guest book at www.gilliesfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home in Lynden.