Merilyn Vere (Shafer) Keithley, 84, of Falls City was born February 5, 1934 to John and Vere (Hoover) Shafer in Shubert, Nebraska. She attended McCandless grade school and 8th grade at Shubert public school. Merilyn graduated from Nemaha High School and then attended one year at Peru College. On June 21, 1952, Merilyn was united in marriage to Lowell Keithley at St. Anne’s Church in Shubert. To this union six children, Ann, Jon, Frances, Jeffrey, Joseph and Jerome were born. The couple lived on the family farm 7 miles northwest of Falls City their entire married life. Merilyn was a homemaker and active in the daily farming operation. She was an active 40-year member of the Hilltop Homemakers Extension Club until it was dissolved and participated in 4-H activities with her family. Merilyn is a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Falls City and a strong supporter of Sacred Heart Schools.
Merilyn passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in Falls City. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lowell, youngest son Jerome, sisters La Verne (Bob) Mayfield and Elaine (AJ) Holdorf.
Merilyn is survived by her children: Ann (Brad) Albu of Falls City, Jon (Kathy) Keithley of Falls City, Frances (Edward) Finn of Omaha, Jeffrey (Denise) Keithley of Verdon, Joseph (Tiffany) Keithley of Falls City, daughter-in-law Michelle Keithley of Falls City, 27 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, November 12, 2018 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Falls City, Nebraska with Father Thomas Dunavan officiating.
Visitation will be from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 10 and noon-5:00 pm on Sunday, November 11 at the Hall Funeral Home, 2403 Harlan Street in Falls City.
A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Sunday, November 11 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Falls City. Family will greet friends following the rosary on Sunday, November 11 at the church.
Interment will be at St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Shubert, Nebraska.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Falls City Sacred Heart School in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be shared online at www.hallfuneral.net
Services are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home-2403 Harlan ST.-Falls City, Nebraska 68355 (402) 245-3131
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