Areta Keller

Areta Ruth Keller, 76, Minot, died on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in a Minot hospital, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Areta was born on Aug. 18, 1936, in Butler, Mo., to Curtis and Ruth (Pearson) Burrows. She was reared and attended school there and in Pennsylvania, Canton, Ill., and Minot, where she graduated from Minot High School in the Class of 1954. She pursued a medical secretary degree in Minneapolis and was employed at a clinic in the Minneapolis area for one year. She returned to Minot, where she continued her education at Minot State University. After attending college, she worked at the Medical Arts Clinic in Minot for five years.

Areta married James A. Keller on Aug. 7, 1960, in Minot. They made their home in Minot, where they were blessed with three beautiful children. She was a devoted wife and mother and assisted her husband and son in the operation of Northwest Projector until her retirement.

Areta was a member of Vincent United Methodist Church, Minot, and Souris Valley Ladies Golf Association. She was passionate about spending time with her family and loved an afternoon of shopping. Areta was an avid golfer and especially enjoyed golfing with her friends at Souris Valley Golf Course. One of her personal highlights was a hole-in-one recorded on April 28, 1994, on hole number 8 at SVGC.

Areta’s loving family includes: her husband of 52 years, James; children, Lee (Wendy) Keller, of Minot, Marla Keller (Borna Mozafari), of San Diego, Calif., and Mora Keller (Valdemar M. Carvajal), of Chula Vista, Calif.; grandchildren, Isabella, Sholeh and Shayan; stepgrandchildren, Taylor and Mattie; and several cousins.

Areta was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Ruth Burrows.

Celebration of the Life of Areta Keller: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Vincent United Methodist Church, Minot.

Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot.

Visitation: Monday, Jan. 21, from 2 p.m. until 7 Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials: Preferred to the Wee Links Golf Course, Minot, or the donor’s choice.

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