Esther Elizabeth (Glascock) Keeling

Esther Elizabeth (Glascock) Keeling, 92, of Houghton, Michigan, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019, at the Omega House in Houghton, where she had been a resident hospice patient since October.

Born Aug. 12, 1926, in Veedersburg, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Clara (McCalment) Glascock. Esther was raised in Veedersburg and graduated from Veedersburg High School in 1944.

On Aug. 18, 1946, she married her high school sweetheart, Rolland Otis Keeling Jr., who preceded her in death in October of 2000. During their 54 years of marriage, the couple lived briefly in Crawfordsville, Indiana; State College, Pennsylvania; and Oakmont, Pennsylvania, before moving to Houghton in January 1961, where Dr. Keeling was on the faculty at Michigan Technological University, later becoming head of the Physics Department.

They had two children, Stephen Duane, who preceded her in death in 1997, and Cynthia Sue, who survives.

Mrs. Keeling was an active member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Houghton since 1961. She was a member of the Houghton-Hancock chapter of the philanthropic organization P.E.O., and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) National Society. Esther was also an avid bridge player, cross-stitcher, quilter and enjoyed playing golf.

Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, son, brother, Gerald Glascock, and two grandsons, Christopher and Matthew Yotti.

Surviving are her daughter, Cynthia (Rick) Yotti, of Williamsburg, Virginia; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Hein Keeling of New Symrna Beach, Florida; granddaughter, Stephanie Keeling (Pat) Pou of Alpharetta, Georgia; granddaughter, Lori Ann Keeling of Durham, North Carolina; grandson, Brian Duane Keeling of Slocomb, Alabama; and great-grandchildren, Truman and Keely Pou of Alpharetta, Georgia, and Sophia Keeling of Slocomb, Alabama.

A memorial service for Esther will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, Houghton, Michigan, later this spring, after which a graveside service will be held at the Waynetown Masonic Cemetery in Montgomery County, Indiana.

Contributions in Esther’s memory may be directed to the Omega House, in Houghton, Michigan, or to Grace United Methodist Church, also in Houghton.