July 12, 2017

Lives of Service
Mary Louise Booska Keller
The Pacific Union College church emails notices of the death of residents in the community or a relative. Because we have lived here for 54 years, that individual is usually someone we know.
We print a few of those notices, but only a few. Too few.
Reading those obituaries reveals anew that this community is populated by a number of people whose lives had been lives of service. People who were givers. Many had been teachers of our children. They had taught them a lot of the right things, some of them personal, expanding their horizons of knowledge, teaching them patience and respect, encouraging them to undertake difficult tasks.
Some of those obituaries revealed lives in foreign places for years. Enduring hardship and loneliness. Some had retired to Angwin, to live with children.
We do not post many of those life stories, but occasionally we have to remind our readers of how fortunate we have been in knowing such people personally.
A few days ago we attended the funeral of Mary Louise Booska Keller, 97 years old, and were impressed by the revelation of a long life of service.
Mary Louise decided in first grade that she wanted to be a teacher. That decision was born in a one-room school in Vermont. She developed her expertise in a series of schools, responding to calls to wherever she was needed -Pleasant Hill, Ukiah, Chico, Santa Rosa and Sonoma. The writer of Mary Louise Booska Keller's short obituary for a long life reported simply that she was known as "a dedicated, hard-working teacher and always appreciated the opportunity to serve." But friends and relatives at her service had much more to reveal. And the picture emerged that Mary Louise was a special person, who had led a special life.
That story is typical of numerous people who have made Angwin an exceptional community. Something for us to acknowledge and celebate in appreciation