Marin Independent Journal
Saturday, September 30, 2000
Section B, page 2
Mill Valley Author and Actress
Passed away Sunday, September 24, 2000 at 95 years of age at The Rafael Convalescent Hospital in San Rafael. She suffered from Alzheimer's Disease.
She was born in Berkeley, daughter of Charles Keeler, an international poet and writer and Louise Bunnell Keeler, an artist. After two years at U.C. Berkeley, she became an actress. She was married in 1930 to Robert Echols of Princeton but was divorced several years later. She wrote plays and did radio shows.
In 1947 she moved to her hillside home in Mill Valley, living there for almost 50 years. She wrote widely published articles and poems. She loved pets and owned several poodles and Persian cats. She was the editor of "Pet Life Magazine", coordinator of the Pet Life Television Show, and wrote for the Examiner's "Pet Column" from 1965 to 1975. She then researched and wrote a book, "The Lie Detector Man", published in 1984, about her brother, Leonarde Keeler.
She loved life, adventure, people and animals. She was a member of the California Writers' Club, The Sierra Club and Kappa Alpha Theta. She is survived by her niece, Louise Keeler Nelson, and several great nieces and nephews.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Assn., 4340 Redwood Highway #23, San Rafael, CA 94903.