Loretta (Stubbs) Keels passed away Sunday morning, July 3, at Friendship Haven in Friendswood, TX. She was 94, and with the exception of a relatively short period of time, for her East Texas was home.
Born April 30, 1922, in a small East Texas town in Houston County, Loretta was always happy to share tales and recollections from her life, often to the amazement and enjoyment of her family. Whether it was a memory from the age of four of making a trip in a covered wagon with her mother and father or the cherished memory of the first time she met her future husband, she spoke with passion and joy.
Loretta was a woman who loved unconditionally, and mourned with just about the same intensity. She married the love of her life, Albert J. Keels, on April 28, 1941, in Miami, Oklahoma. After short tenures in Miami and Portland, Oregon, the couple settled in Alvin, Texas, where they raised their three boys: Albert L. Keels, Larry D. Keels, and Ronald J. Keels. Loretta and Albert celebrated 56 years of marriage before his death in 1997, a loss from which she never fully recovered.
Loretta's intense love reached beyond her immediate family. Having suffered the loss of her father at the age of 10 and her mother four years later, she cherished every member of her extended family and embraced many of her nieces and nephews as her own. She also maintained some very close friendships throughout her life, but none rivaled the special bond that she had with a dear friend, Ruby Price, in Oklahoma. That friendship lasted 66 years until Loretta's death despite the two women seldom ever living closer than 500 miles from each other in an age before cell phones and email.
In 1969, after their boys graduated from Alvin High School, Loretta and Albert moved to Huntsville, Texas. For decades, the couple provided janitorial services to several facilities around town, including banks, medical offices, and even the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce. It was also in Huntsville that Loretta harnessed her passion for quilting and opened a successful local business called The Quilting Room where she sold handmade machine-stitched quilts.
Her primary passion, though, was her faith and teaching kids about the wonders of God and creation. She was a member of the First Assembly of God churches in Alvin and Huntsville, and for more than 50 years she taught Sunday School to children under the age of seven.
Loretta is preceded in death by her husband Albert J. Keels, her son Larry D. Keels, her parents, brothers, and sisters.
She is survived by her sons Albert L. Keels of Pearland, TX; Ronald J. Keels and wife Linda of Alvin, TX; very special nieces Paula Truska and Jamie Dann of Jewett, TX; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews that she loved very much.
A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, July 7, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Scott's Funeral Home in Alvin. A graveside service and burial will be at Creek Cemetery in Houston County on Saturday, July 9, at 11:00 a.m.
Pallbearers will be: David Keels, Eddie Keels, Kevin Keels, Jonathan Keels, Josh Ruiz, Johnathan Dean, Dylan Ruiz, Zach Ruiz, and Rick Ruiz.
Published on July 5, 2016