Cecelia Theresa Keller (Baci) 83, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2011. Cecelia was born Jan. 2, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pa. to John Andrew Echost and Cecelia Rose Skowronski.
After leaving school, Cecelia went to work as a private secretary for a shipping company in New Haven, N.J. She met Edward J. Mallon in 1946 and married him in 1949. And to this union they had four children: Cynthia, Eddie, Scott, and Mary Jayne.
Because of Ed’s work in the missile industry, Cecelia was able to travel and live in various places, from Cape Cod, Mass. to California, which suited her passion for travel. In 1965, they moved to Moab, where the family settled. Cecelia and Ed later divorced but remained very close friends.
She met and married Robert J. Keller in 1970. They left Moab in 1979 for St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, where they lived until Bob passed in 1987. Cecelia loved the islands, as the ocean was one of her favorite places. While there, she worked in a floral shop and made many friends, making her time there even more special.
Cecelia then returned to Moab to be near her family in 1989. She went on to work at Canyonlands Trading Post until the age of 82, when her health began to fail. Working at the trading post was one of Mom’s greatest joys, where she utilized her gift for gab, but the greatest joy in her life was her children and grandchildren.
Cecelia is preceded in death by both of her parents and both of her husbands.
She is survived by her children, Cynthia (Robert) Daye, Moab, Eddie Mallon, Sellingsgrove, Pa., Scott (Yvette) Mallon, Moab, and Mary (Craig) Nelson, Yuma, Ariz. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Derrick (Destiney) Daye, Brittany (Lowry) Redd, Nick (Am) Nelson, Justin (Michelle) Nelson and Jesse Mallon; as well as her great-grandchildren.
Thank you, Mom, for teaching us that the greatest riches in life are family. At Cecelia’s request there will be no services.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.