Dathel McKeller

1926 - 2014

Dathel McKeller, 88, of Fulton, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born Jan. 1, 1926, in Ballard County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late John Richard Signal and Lillie (Rodgers) Craven. On July 18, 1942, she married Harlan Leatus McKeller in Charleston, Mo. He preceded her in death. Dathel was currently a member of Callaway Christian Church, a past member at Mineola Baptist Church, and worked with mission groups throughout her life. She loved to travel and attended gospel singings and many church conventions. She was the Union Representative for the Shoe Factory, a custodian at Jefferson City High School, drove a school bus, and later drove for SERVE. Dathel was a member of the Red Hat Society. Mom had a wonderful Christmas and the birth of her first great-great-granddaughter kept her going. She loved children, her family and taught us so many things before she passed away. Love, strength, forgiveness, kindness, leadership, God's word, right from wrong . . . . too many things to name. She was our best friend. We traveled together, worshiped together, talked, shared everything in our lives with each other. There was nothing we could not talk about with our mother. Her life was hard but she never complained, she was in pain but never complained, she passed peacefully surrounded by her family just as she wanted. We will honor her all the days of our lives. If you knew her, you were blessed. If you didn't, you'll never know what you missed. Thank God she was our counselor, adviser and spiritual guidance for so many years. Most of all, she was our mom and accepted us as we are…with all our faults and loved us even when we fell short of the example she set. She was the "Standard" for which we strive for. She is survived by two sons, Lynn McKeller and wife Judy Ann of Millersburg and Doug McKeller and his wife Geneva of Jefferson City; three daughters, Judy Kae Miller, and Marcia Lillie Smith and Ray Smith, all of Fulton, and Wanda McKeller of Newport News, Va.; three brothers, James William Craven of Montgomery City, Charlie Albert Craven and his wife Joyce of Pilot Grove, and Larry Leo 'Jack' Craven and his wife Carol of Big Springs; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter; one son, Harlan Lee McKeller; four sisters, six brothers, one grandson, and one great-great-grandson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thurs., Feb. 13, at the Callaway Christian Church with Brother Bruce Williamson officiating. Burial will follow in Williamsburg Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wed., Feb. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Debo Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church on Thursday. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice Advantage, Columbia, MO c/o Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court St., Fulton, MO 65251. Condolences can be sent by visiting www.debofuneralhome.com.