Derelea Keefauver, 89, died July 18, 2023.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Roselawn Cemetery gravesite in Columbus with lunch following at the East Shelter of Pawnee Park by the pond.
Derelea was born in Doniphan, Neb., the second oldest of six daughters dearly loved by their parents.
She was an elementary school teacher until she married her best friend and lifelong love, Knole Keefauver. They were long-time residents of Columbus where they raised four children.
Derelea spent many hours in service to her community, church and Christian Women's Club. She and Knole worked together as real estate agents and then became part owners of the Flying Wheels Roller Skating Rink as well as owners of an apartment complex. They both enjoyed playing bridge, square dancing, watching Nebraska football and the YMCA.
In her later years she suffered a series of strokes, eventually leading her to move into memory care in Helena, Montana, where her daughter, Jeri, lovingly cared for her.
Derelea will be remembered most by those who knew her for her deep faith in her Savior Jesus Christ, the warm and embracing smile she generously gave everyone she greets, her abiding peace regardless of the circumstances and her quick response when asked to join an activity, "we've got a plan." She has entered her eternal peace and rest with Jesus, but will be dearly missed by the hearts touched by her sweet spirit.
Derelea has 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, sister and grandson.