Mildred Grace (Millie) Keck, a former long-time resident of Center, Colorado, passed away peacefully the afternoon of February 13, 2017 at her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She was 98. Millie was a wonderful caring wife, sister, aunt, great aunt, great-great aunt, great-great-great aunt and friend.
Millie was born August 1, 1918 in Monte Vista, Colorado to
Oscar Edward Anderson and Christine (Kolander) Anderson.
Millie graduated from Rio Grande County High School in Monte Vista in 1936. She received a B.A. degree and a life-time teaching certificate from Adams State Teachers College in 1940. After starting her teaching career in Sanford, CO, Millie taught 5th grade in Center, Co for 29 years. She lived in Center during the week and would return to the family farm in Monte Vista on the weekends.
On June 12, 1960 Millie married Karl Keck of Center. They lived south-west of Center. Millie continued teaching while Karl operated his family farm. After a 30-year teaching career, Millie retired to spend more time with Karl and help him on the farm. They sold the farm and moved into the town of Center in 1979. Although Millie and Karl never had children of their own, they often enjoyed providing day-care for some of their friends and neighbors. Millie loved children and was always teaching. She also enjoyed her membership with the United Methodist Church and was an active member of Martha Circle, United Methodist Women.
In 1994 Millie and Karl moved to Phoenix, AZ. They lived next door to Karl’s niece Linda Bowen. They often helped care for their great-great nieces and nephews. Millie enjoyed swimming and walking with her husband Karl. They were also active members of Bethany Presbyterian Church and made many new friends over the next 20 years.
In September 2013, Millie and Karl moved to the home of Millie’s sister Violet De Vore and niece Laure De Vore in Phoenix where they lived for the next 3 plus years.
Millie loved getting together with her family and friends, she enjoyed reading and sewing crafts. She wrote in a journal every day summarizing all events big or small. She loved watching the Phoenix Diamondbacks and would have a friendly rival with her sister Violet whenever they played the Colorado Rockies. Millie loved the annual reunions with her sisters Vi and Sig in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and she dearly loved her darling Karl (husband of 56 years) who passed away January 10, 2017.
Millie was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
As the last surviving member of the Oscar Anderson family, Millie was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, three sisters, and her husband Karl. She is survived by several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and great-great-great nieces and nephews and many friends.