Shirley Keiser

November 20, 1936 - December 2, 2016

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Shirley S. (James) Keiser passed away Friday, December 2, at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was a remarkable woman, a phenomenal mother to five children, a passionate Sudoku player, and an avid reader who consumed at least a book a week. She loved to travel, when her health had permitted, and was particularly fond of beach vacations with time for long walks on the beach during the day. She also was a devoted fan of the daytime drama “The Young and the Restless” and a skilled Euchre player.

A life-long resident of Mechanicsburg, Mrs. Keiser’s roots in the community date back to the early 19th century when some of her ancestors first located in the village. She was actively engaged in community affairs throughout her life. She served for many years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mechanicsburg Public Library and led the organization as president of the board for several years. She was particularly proud of the library’s children’s programming and continued to be engaged as a volunteer for such activities as Dr. Seuss Week and the annual worm races long after she resigned as a member of the Board. She also was a volunteer for many years with the Wishbone reading program at the Mechanicsburg Elementary School and Race for the Cure. She was a member of the Women’s Tourist Club and the United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Keiser was born in West Liberty, Ohio, on November 20, 1936. She worked for many years as a timekeeper for Ranco Controls, Inc., in Plain City. In 1999, she retired as an accounting clerk for Ashland Chemical Company, Dublin, OH.

On April 7, 1972, she married Wayne F. Keiser. The couple bought a home on Lindy Lane in Mechanicsburg where they lived their entire married life and took great pride and enjoyment from gardening and working in their yard. Mr. Keiser predeceased Mrs. Keiser on November 13, 2001.

Mrs. Keiser also was predeceased by her mother, Mildred (Tullis) James; two brothers, Robert Earl and William James, two sisters, Patricia James and Barbara (James) Martin, and one son, Michael Wade Trimble, who died at age four of rheumatic fever.

She is survived by three daughters, Carole Trimble, Grove City; Cheryle (Trimble) Ferrall, Reynoldsburg; Dawn (Trimble) Peterson, Asheville; two sons, Elden Douglas Trimble, Reynoldsburg; John Mark (Cathy) Trimble, Maumee; six grandchildren, Anne Graves, Ashville; Ryan Graves, Fairborn; Zachary Wayne Trimble, St. Paul, MN; Connor James Trimble, Honolulu, Hawaii; James and Elizabeth Trimble, Reynoldsburg, and one great grandson, Tristan Large.

Mrs. Keiser will be interred beside her beloved husband Wayne in Mechanicsburg’s Maple Grove Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 7. At her request, her life will be celebrated with grave side services followed by a light lunch hosted by the family at Hopkins House. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mechanicsburg Public Library and will be designated for support of the Children’s library.

Services are entrusted to SKILLMAN, McDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Debbi Young - Dec 6, 2016

Shirley will be greatly missed at the library-all of the support and time that she put in helping with programs.

Jennifer McDevitt - Dec 5, 2016

Mark and Cathy and family- So sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to your entire family. Your mom lived a great life and touched so many lives in such a positive way. Take care. Jennifer

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