Mildred Keel, 93

Mildred L. Keel, 93, of rural South Whitley, died at 12:40 a.m. Monday, April 9, 2012, at Peabody Retirement Home, North Manchester where she had been a resident since December, 2010.She was born Feb. 10, 1919, in Fowler, Ind., a daughter of William Warner and Leafie (Lockhart) VanDeripe.When she was nine, her family moved to a farm southwest of South Whitley, where she has since resided.She graduated from South Whitley High School.On July 3, 1945, she was united in marriage to William L. Keel.A homemaker, she worked a short time at Blue Bell. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.Her church membership was with Centerview Community Church.Surviving relatives include her husband, Wilson; a son, Roger Keel of South Whitley; former daughter-in-law, Diane Keel of Silver Lake; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by a son, Donald D. Keel; a brother, Vernon VanDeripe; and three sisters, two infants and Lois Gladding.The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. The visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are to Centerview Community Church or Alzheimer’s Association.