Shirley Jean Keal, 86, of Parsons died at 12:09 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at Olathe Medical Center in Olathe. She had been in failing health and had been at a nursing home in the Olathe area the past several months.
She was born Dec. 24, 1923, at Mound City to Gus and Grace (Good) Warzel. She grew up in Fort Scott and graduated from Fort Scott High School and Fort Scott Junior College.
During World War II, she was employed by the Veterans Administration in Wichita.
On Jan. 11, 1946, she married Charles C. Keal in Fort Scott. During the time Mr. Keal was in the service, she worked in various government jobs in the Washington, D.C., area. They lived in Fort Scott until moving to Parsons in 1957. Mr. Keal preceded her in death on Sept. 24, 2001.
Mrs. Keal was a homemaker while her children were growing up. Later, she worked as office manager for Kansas Claims Service, the business owned by the Keal family. She enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Parsons USBC Women’s Bowling Association, formally the Parsons Women’s Bowling Association, for 43 years. Shirley served on many league committees and was past president of the Friday night Sta-Laters League for 15 years. Shirley bowled in 42 Parsons USBC WBA local association tournaments, 36 Kansas State USBC WBA tournaments and three WIBC national tournaments. She received the Kansas State USBC WBA “Grand Duchess” award in 1994 and was inducted into the Parsons USBC WBA Hall of Fame in 1997 for meritorious service. She served on the election board for many years and was very interested in community activities. She was a Lady Elk for many years with Parsons Elks Lodge No 527. She enjoyed meeting with friends and planning and attending Fort Scott High School class reunions.
Survivors include four sons, Charles M. “Mike” Keal and his wife, Florence, of Parsons, Robert D. “Doug” Keal and his wife, Teresa, of Cherryvale, Gregory J. Keal and his wife, Kristina, of Olathe and Steven S. Keal of Parsons; a daughter, Sue Ann Harris and her husband, Greg, of Olathe; 14 grandchildren, Kealey Mae Harris of Olathe, Carlee Todd of Wichita, Courtney Jarrett of Pittsburg, Travis Keal and his wife, Michele, of Shawnee, Aaron “Eemo” Keal and his wife, Schuyler, of Parsons, Joshua Keal and his wife, Jessica, of Prairie Village, Rhiannon Keal and Tyler Keal, both of Parsons, Rylan Keal, Isaac Keal and Alex Keal, all of Olathe, Chelsea Keal, Wyatt Keal and Morgan Martin, all of Cherryvale; great-grandchildren, Austin, Zachary and Maryn Keal, all of Shawnee, Taylor and Mallory Keal, both of Prairie Village, Henry and Joseph Keal, both of Parsons, and Jacob Keal of Parsons; and a sister, Patricia Keating of Fort Scott.
Others preceding her in death were two brothers, Robert “Butch” Warzel and Thaddeus “Jack” Warzel; and two sisters, Thais Warzel and Edith Gorman.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Fort Scott National Cemetery in Fort Scott. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the Labette Community College Athletic Department, First Christian Church of Parsons or St. Patrick Catholic School of Parsons and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.