Reva Irene (Bybee) Keller. 84, was born Feb. 12, 1935, in Schell City to C.J. and Nellie Irene (Robinson) Bybee. She passed away Aug. 5, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
She and her twin sister were the 6th and 7th children of 10 born to the family. Reva gave her life to Christ and was saved at Pak Church at a young age. Her family moved to Collins and opened Bybee General Store in 1945. She worked in the store and knew nearly as much as C.J. in running it.
Reva met Leo Keller and they were married June 18, 1954, in Collins. In the next 10 years they would have four boys, Dennis, Eddie, Larry and Dale.
She had the greenest thumb when it came to plants and growing things. She always worked in her garden and with her flowers and they flourished under her care. She liked to read and did many hooked rugs. She built bookshelves, loved to fish, raised chickens and was a wonderful cook. She could do anything she put her mind to. Family was so important to her and she was always there for them.
Reva was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Claribel, Marilyn, twin sister – Rena; and brothers – John, Henry and Kenny.
She is survived by her husband, Leo; sons – Dennis (Nella), Eddie (Terri), Larry and Dale; 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and sisters – Betty Hunter, Gloria McLaughlin and Neoma Keller, all of Bolivar.
Services were Friday, Aug. 9, in the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola. Burial was in the Robinson Cemetery, Weaubleau.