Audrey Louise Standish (1930-2011)

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Audrey Louise Standish Keller
Holy Cross Cemetery
Born: 31 Aug 1930 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Died: 13 May 2011 Cross Village, Michigan
Father: Floyd Henry Standish
Mother: Anna May Taylor
Siblings: Retha M. Standish
Baby Standish
James Albert Standish
Audrey Louise Standish
John G. Standish
Anna Mae Standish
Betty Lou Standish
Spouse: William Joseph Keller
Married: 4 Dec 1948 Emmet Co., Michigan
Children: James B. Keller
Marianne Keller
Katherine Keller
Patricia L. Keller
Martha Lynne Keller
Sandra Keller
Jo-Ellen Keller
Diane Keller
Margaret Keller
John Floyd Keller
Stephen Gordon Keller
Robert Keller
William Keller
Laura Faith Keller


Petoskey News-Review, May 16, 2011

Audrey Louise (Standish) Keller

On May 13, 2011, Audrey Keller, of Cross Village, walked on to be with her Lord, surrounded by her family.

Audrey was born Aug. 31, 1930, to Floyd and Anna (Taylor) Standish, in Harbor Springs. Her family moved to a farm in Redmond where she met her best friend for life, Florabelle Kruzel.

In 1948, she graduated from Harbor Springs High School, earning a full scholarship to the University of Michigan. But she met her one true love William "Joe" Keller, and they were married Dec. 4, 1948. They moved to Cross Village, where they raised their 12 children.

Audrey spent much of her life loving and giving to others. She devoted more than 20 years to the Cross Village School as secretary of the board. She was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Cross Village for 62 years, where she was involved in teaching, teen center and church activities.

She was a member of the Mackinac Bands of Chippewa Indians and a descendant of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Ottawa Indians. She was intrigued by her Native American roots, especially later in life, becoming more acquainted with and interested in her heritage.

She was descended from Captain John Wagley and his wife, Margaret Vallier. He was a pioneer of Emmet County, who settled in Cross Village and built the first docks. Margaret was an Ojibwe Indian from Canada.

She was very interested in history, especially of Emmet County and Cross Village, and was a published author of a booklet on Cross Village. She also researched prominent persons of Emmet County and gave several presentations to the Little Traverse Historical Society. She documented her family descendency from Captain Myles Standish.

Audrey was one of the founding mothers of "Kellerville," where she lived for 62 years. Her nieces and nephews fondly remember "Auntie" cooking her tasty fried bread.

Audrey had a beautiful smile, about which everyone commented. Her sweet kindness will be remembered. Everyone loved her because she loved them first.

Audrey and Joe's grandchildren were their pride and joy, whom they loved and nurtured.

Audrey enjoyed many things, especially rides out to Wycamp Lake with Rob, Jeopardy at Diane's, reading and reciting poetry, playing her guitar, singing all the old songs, and being with her beloved dog, Gee-bi.

Audrey is survived by her 12 children, James (Jeri Edge), Cross Village; Marianne (James Postma), Florida; Katherine (Steve Hibbs), Lansing; Patricia (Andrew Skoczylas), Detroit; Martha (Leroy Alvarez), Traverse City; Sandra (Richard Napont), Alanson; Jo-Ellen (Matt Crossett), Cross Village; Diane Keller, Cross Village; Margaret (Brian Byard) Bliss; John (Norma Browning), Cross Village; Steve (Melisa Browning), Cross Village; Robert (Tracy Nichols), Cross Village; and her 33 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Lou Kerridge; good friend and sister-in-law, Marcella Keller; brothers-in-law, Anthony and Edward Keller; and many other brothers- and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; her infant son and daughter, Billy and Laura; her beloved granddaughter, Nichole Keller; infant grandchildren, John Skoczylas and Katherine Yoder; her sister, AnnaMae Wiklanski; two brothers, Jim and John Standish; her good companion and nephew, Michael "Coon" Keller.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Cross Village. Father Joe will celebrate Audrey's life with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Cross Village. Lunch will follow at Holy Cross parish hall.

Stone Funeral Home assisted the family.

Donations may be sent to Patricia Skoczylas, 22081 Curie St., Warren, Mich. 48091.


  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
Keller, William Joseph & Standish, Audrey
Date of Marriage: 12/4/1948
Liber: 5
Folio: 88
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
Keller, Audrey S.
Date of Death: 5/13/2011
Liber: 2011
Folio: 194
Place of Death: Cross Village Twp
Keller, Audrey Louise (Standish)
Born: 8/31/1930
Died: 5/13/2011
Burial: 5/17/2011
Cemetery: Holy Cross, Cross Village
Obituary: on file - PNR - 05/16/2011
  • Grave: Photo by Patricia Zimmer