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Marlene Kay (Murphy) Keller was born August 12, 1936, to Olin Elmer (Pat) Murphy and Emma Irene (Still) Murphy at Redding, IA. Marlene graduated from Redding High School in 1954. Following graduation, Marlene moved to Gilcrest, CO to attend Business School in Greeley, CO. She lived with her stepmother’s sister’s family, Darryl and Myrtle Deutcher. After graduating from business school, Marlene worked 10 years for Greeley National Bank.
On April 13, 1956, Marlene was united in marriage to Bob Curtis Keller in Gilcrest, CO. They made their home in Greeley for 10 years before they moved to Arvada, CO where Bob worked for the State of Colorado. Marlene was employed by Central Bank of Denver for 18 years. After Marlene and Bob retired, they moved back to Mount Ayr, IA on a farm two miles south of Mount Ayr. In 2007, Bob passed away and Marlene moved into Mount Ayr.
Marlene passed away on October 25, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents; second Mother, Gladys Murphy; husband, Bob; brothers, Darrell Murphy, Harold Murphy, Robert Murphy and Doyle Murphy; brothers-in-law, Bill Keller, Robert Rossman, and Manlea Barber.
Marlene is survived by her sister, Dorothy Barber, of Mount Ayr; sister-in-law, Helen Keller, of Greeley, CO; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Service was at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA
Officiating was Pastor Bill Armstrong.
Vocalist was Jodi Lawrence.
Songs were “Eternal Vacation” and “The Eastern Gate”.
Graveside Service and Burial will be at the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley, CO at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2021.
Memorials are to the Ringgold County Senior Center.

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