Helen Doris (Giles) Keeling

February 13, 1924 ~ March 27, 2020 (age 96)

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Helen Doris Keeling, age 96, of Tucker, Texas, passed away peacefully on the 27th day of March 2020.  Aunt Helen, as she was affectionately known, was born on the 13th day of February 1924, to Albert Sidney and Bertha Smith Giles.

Helen was a lifelong resident of Tucker and graduated from Woodhouse High School.  She was a devoted Christian and longtime member of Long Lake Baptist Church.  She worked in the business office of the old Palestine Hospital before becoming the office manager for Dr. Lee Roy Mathis, where she enjoyed working for 25 years.  She loved being outside and working in her flower beds.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents; the love of her life, W.V. “Bud” Keeling, whom she met in elementary school and was married to for 76 years; her brothers, William B. Giles and Lonnie Giles; and sisters, Bessie Lee Arrendell and Marie Baker.

She is survived by nieces, nephews and host of family and friends.

Due to current concerns surrounding the health of our community, friends and relatives are welcome to pay your last respects to Mrs. Keeling, between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm on Saturday, the 4th day of April 2020, at Rhone Funeral Home.

A private interment service for the family will be held at Land of Memory Cemetery, on Sunday, the 5th day of April 2020, with Don Stanaland officiating.

Those honored to serve as honorary pallbearers are Buddy Baker, Robert Franks, Wilbur Gilbreath, Mike Hudson, John Keeling and Justin Morris.

Funeral services for Helen Doris Keeling are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Highway 19, Palestine, Texas.  

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April 4, 2020

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Rhone Funeral Home
3900 S. State Highway 19
Palestine, TX 75801

Private Interment

Land of Memory
North US Highway 287 toward Corsicana
Palestine, TX 75801

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