The Garden Island
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102, died at her home in Kaneohe on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Betty was born in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Methuen at four years old. She was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. Betty taught in Massachusetts public school systems for 20 years.

In 1945, she married William Henry Keller, an attorney at law and Lt. Commander in the US Navy. They raised two daughters, Burma and Lucinda, in Methuen. Betty loved to travel, making many trips to Africa, Bermuda, Europe, Canada and throughout the U.S.

Betty’s husband Bill died in 1975. She wanted to be near the ocean, so moved to Ipswich, Massachusetts where she lived for four years before moving to Bermuda with Lucinda. In 1985, they came to Hawai’i. She always said that she loved every minute here. A skilled piano player with an appreciation for music, she found much to love and learn in Hawai’i. She was a member of Hui O Ukulele for 25 years. She played and sang with the group, performing at care facilities and forming dear and lasting friendships. Betty spent hours enjoying swimming and snorkeling at Kailua and Lanikai Beaches.

Betty was past president of the Samuel Adams Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and of AARP Windward Oahu Chapter 3685. Her warmth and openness toward others and her belief in education led her to volunteer at WGBH PBS-TV, as docent at the Boston Museum of Science and the Bermuda Aquarium. She also was a volunteer reading tutor at Pu’ohala Elementary School in Kaneohe.

Daughters Burma Keller Barnes and Lucinda Balfour Keller live in Windward Oahu. Other family members include grandson Jason Thomas Barnes and his wife Megan, great-granddaughter Keira Emily Barnes and great-grandson Harold Mortimer. She is also survived by grandson James Barnes’ wife Nancy, great-granddaughter Carin Blair Hoober and husband Sam and great-great-granddaughter Elysia Jayne Hoober; 3 nieces and 3 nephews. She was the widow of William Henry Keller and predeceased by her grandson James William Barnes, sisters Jean S. Hastings and Phyllys S. Cornelius and nephew Wink S. Hastings.

Services will be held in Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jimmy Carter, The Carter Center,; UMass Lowell, Office of University Advancement, 45 Lawrence Drive, Lowell, MA 01854 or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements Provided By: Ultimate Cremation Services LLC