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Wilma Jean Newlin Keller

Wilma Jean Newlin Keller

May 12, 1931-Jan. 10, 2022


Wilma Jean Newlin Keller, 90, of Mace passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at Franciscan Health Lafayette.

She was born May 12, 1931, at Crawfordsville, to the late Homer and Mabel (Rice) Huffman.

Jean graduated from New Ross High School in 1949 and worked at the Redwood Inn, Standard Grocery and Elston Bank. On May 10, 1949, she married James “Jake” Newlin. He preceded her in death Jan. 1, 1997.  She later married Kenneth Keller on Feb. 14, 2003, and he preceded her in death in 2007.

She was a member of Progressive Home Ec Club, Methodist Women, AARP and Pythian sisters. She enjoyed IU basketball, going to flee markets and auctions and taking care of her family.

She is survived by her three daughters, Linda Harmon, Teresa Newlin and Kathy Edwards; brother Jim (Kathy) Huffman; sister Karen (Gary) Dale; five grandchildren, Stacy (John) Douglas, Stefani (Jeff) Rizer, Jason (Misty) Mennen, Melissa (Ben) Auxier and Eric (Jennifer) Edwards; eight great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchild; and three step-children, John Keller, Monte Keller and Kendy Cummings.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; James “Jake” and Kenneth; two sisters, Dory Edwards and Donna Rogers; two grandsons, Aaron and Michael; and a great-grandson, Courtland.

Visitation will be at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S. Washington St., Crawfordsville, on Tuesday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral service at noon, with Tami Mussche officiating. Burial will follow at Mace Community Cemetery. The service will be live-streamed and recorded and can be viewed on Jean’s obituary page at

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