Estella Ruth Keefer

Estella Ruth Keefer


Estella Ruth Keefer, age 88, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., passed away at her home on July 28, 2020.

Born September 7, 1931, in Needmore, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Bradie and Lenore (O’Rourke) Truax.

She is survived by two sons, Allen Leon Keefer, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Daryl Franklin Keefer, of Hancock, Md.; a daughter, Wanda Lee (Keefer) Smith Houser Eichelberger, and her husband, Lloyd Jacob Eichelberger, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; three sisters, June Elaine (Truax) Percy, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Vallie Kathleen (Truax) Schetrompf, of Hancock, Md., and Linda Eileen (Truax) Ray and her husband, Enos Hagar Ray, of Hancock, Md.; two brothers, Lyle Frances Truax and his wife, Linda Diane (Corry) Truax, of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Gene O’Rourke Truax, of Hancock, Md.; four granddaughters, Heidi Michelle (Hiles) Schoentube, of Easton, Pa., Stacy Marie Smith, of Hagerstown, Md., Samantha Jo Keefer, of Great Cacapon, W.Va., and Casandra Lyn Keefer, of Milford, Del.; and three grandsons, Dustin Allen Keefer, of Dallas, Texas, Eric Joseph Smith, of Fort Loudon, Pa., and Anthony Theodore Wills, of Milford, Del.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her ex-husband, William Franklin Keefer; her companion, Bernell Phillip Knepp; a son, Randy Eugene Keefer; a sister, Lorraine Lenore (Truax) Schetrompf Adams; and three brothers, Lloyd Bradie Truax, Sr., Ray Mathew Truax, and Virgil Wallace Truax.

She attended school in Warfordsburg, Pa.

She was a lifetime member of the Blue Denim Boot Kickers, and a member of the Berkeley Springs Chapter 1311 Women of the Moose.

She was a fan of all types and genres of music and could barely sit still if music was playing. In her younger days, she loved to line dance and, even when she could no longer walk, she attended most all of the classes offered by the Boot Kicker organization.

Anyone that met her in her latter days knew she worked at the Park-N-Dine, in Hancock, Md., and that she drove a taxi for Keefer Taxi Service, in McConnellsburg, Pa.

The family received friends at the Grove Funeral Home, 141 West Main Street, Hancock, Md., on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, from 6 until 8 p.m., where her funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at noon. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. in the Rehobeth United Methodist Cemetery, on Tollgate Ridge Road, in Mercersburg, Pa. Enos Hagar Ray will officiate.

In adherence to COVID-19 regulations, masks were worn while in attendance at the viewing and services.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Grove Funeral Home, in Hancock, Md.

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