Mrs. Teresa Ann St. Croix Keller, 65, of Lakeland. Florida, died Friday, June 26, 2020 at her temporary residence in Newnan.
Born November 29, 1954 in Sumter, South Carolina at Shaw Air Force Base, a daughter of the late James Anthony St. Croix and the late Mabel Caroline Summer St. Croix. Her father retired from both the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel, and from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Her mother was a Realtor in Brevard County. She grew up in Wiesbaden, Germany, Alexandria, VA, and Cocoa Beach, FL graduating from Rockledge High School in 1972. Teresa married her high school sweetheart, Jal Kevin Keller, in 1972 and they remained happily together for over 48 years. They modeled an everlasting and unconditional love as they raised four children in Lakeland, Florida. Primarily a stay-at-home mom during her children’s formative years, she also enjoyed working with adults and children with special needs, bowling, cake decorating, teaching swim lessons at the Lakeland YMCA, cruises with family, discovering unique jewelry at local art shows, and reading on the beach with her best friend, Jill Horak. Selflessly postponing her formal higher education to raise a family, she obtained her B.S. in Education with a minor in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Her “second career” was spent with the Polk County School Board as a teacher with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Prior to her career with the PCSB, she was the Director of Training for the Wheel House placing adults with special needs into jobs and housing. Teresa’s time spent giving and serving others and God involved hours with Special Olympics, SPCA, A Woman’s Choice-Pro Life Pregnancy Clinic, First Assembly of God Church, and her children’s many sports teams.
Survivors include her husband, J. Kevin Keller; children, Eric Keller, Shawn Keller (Marty Krytus) Cheyenne Geremia (Beau), and Jamie Rogers; grandchildren, Rachel Davis-Keller, Logan Rogers, Jordan Geremia and Martin Keller; and siblings, James St. Croix II and Charlene St.Croix.
Services will be private.
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