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Pauline Bundy Keller, age 81, of Cache Valley left this earth on Saturday, January 7, 2023. She was reunited with her father Leslie, her mother Chloe, and her two elder brothers Jerry and Jim. Today, she is surrounded by her loving husband Ken, her six children, and more than a dozen of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mom was born in Salt Lake City on October 19, 1941, with World War 2 looming around the corner. Just hours after the Pearl Harbor Bombing on December 7, 1941, her family returned from church where my infant mother was blessed, only to turn on the radio and hear President Roosevelt detail the events from earlier that morning.
Mom’s family moved to Missouri later in 1942. Her father spent the next three years as the manager of an ammunition plant during the war. After the war, Mom’s family returned to Utah and settled in Brigham City for the next 7 years where her father was a Salesman at the local Buick Pontiac dealership. Mom attended various elementary schools in Brigham City, one of which was the newly opened Central Elementary School where now stands the Brigham City Temple.
At the age of 13, Mom and her family moved to Logan, Utah where her father became the owner of the Bundy Motors dealership. In Logan, Mom developed her love for music through taking piano, voice, and dance lessons. Mom was extremely active in both church and school activities. She loved participating in Young Women’s program, Road shows, student government and drama performances. Mom played the female lead in the King and I at Logan High School, and later sang in a Youth Choir in the Salt Lake City Tabernacle. It was clear that her two passions as a youngster was serving the Lord and sharing her musical talents.
In the Fall of 1960, Mom and Dad met at Utah State University. As they began dating, Dad recognized that Mom was completely different from the other women that he knew - she embodied a true love of Christ, virtue, and selflessness. Dad was drawn to Mom and was inspired to emulate her many qualities. Together, Mom and Dad participated in countless campus events. Shortly after, Dad proposed to Mom on Valentine’s Day in 1961 and were later married in July.
Mom graduated from Utah State University in Elementary Education in the Summer of 1963. She left Logan in January 1964 to join Dad in Germany where he was stationed as a Lieutenant in the Army. Mom worked as a Kindergarten teacher on the military base and Mom and Dad were both instrumental in the growth of the branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on base. Mom always looked for ways to stand as a witness of CHRIST. After a couple of years in Germany, Mom returned with Melanie and I to Logan while we awaited Dad’s return from his service in Vietnam.
From 1967 to 2003, Mom and Dad raised their family of six children in Kent, WA where Dad worked as an engineer for Boeing. There she served faithfully in many church callings, from writing and directing road shows, to leading as a Primary President three times over, to serving as a Relief Society President twice, and as the wife of a bishop. One of her favorite callings was serving as the Stake Music Chairman for almost 10 years. Additionally, she served as scout leader for her sons and homeroom mother for her daughters at school. Furthermore, Mom attended the temple regularly.
Mom was always on the go. She was involved in the local political caucus, participated in the PTA, and advocated for righteousness in the secular community. She was the President of her DUP Camp. She cooked hundreds of missionary dinners, and, oh, how she loved and supported missionary work. She sent 4 of her children on missions and wrote hundreds and hundreds of weekly letters, NEVER missing a week!
Mom was a devoted mother, wife, and patriot. She loved the Lord, Constitution, and especially the Plan of Salvation which she exemplified. She was a champion of Family Home Evening and nightly family prayer in which we never missed a single night. And I mean NEVER!
Mom and Dad designed and built a lovely home in Kent that spanned 2 decades to complete which stands as a legacy to her charm, dignity, and style. Dad has shared countless times that Mom was the reason for his being, and I testify that all six of her children proclaim that she was completely selfless and her sole priority was being a virtuous mother and wife. Mom and Dad served in both the Seattle and Logan Temples for many years.
Mom made the Holidays and particularly Christmas special. The home smelled, looked, and sounded magical during the Christmas season – from her homemade Christmas cookies to her collection of Christmas albums, filling the home with holiday cheer. Additionally, Mom ran a successful country boutique called the Granny Goose in her home for more than 15 years in Kent. Twice a year, hundreds of vendors transformed every nook and cranny of her home for visitors to buy Christmas and Mother’s Day presents. Imagine a painting by Thomas Kinkade, and that would be just one-tenth the majesty of Mother’s boutique. Nearly 5,000 people walked through the expansive home - unifying the community each year. Mom was a Master Organizer!
After Dad retired from Boeing in 2002, Mom and Dad purchased property in the Cub River Ranches here in Preston, ID, where they built their second dream home together. Mom continued for the next several years to actively serve in ward callings, and oh, how she loved her callings involving music! I would be remiss if I didn’t mention what a phenomenal voice Mom had. Dad often mentioned that the only woman in the world that sang better than Mom was Karen Carpenter. You can only imagine how extra special Mom’s voice really was.
As a grandmother she was amazing! Mom was mindful and loving in sending out birthday cards to each of her 25 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren each year. In each and every card and letter, she encouraged all of them to obey the commandments of God and to serve Him. Additionally, she wrote four of her grandchildren throughout their missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I acknowledge that it is impossible to fully express and give credit to such an accomplished, generous, and thoughtful woman, so might I invite us all to walk away from these services and reflect on the beautiful and impactful experiences that we shared with Mom throughout our lives.
Suffice it to say, Mom was a Righteous Woman. May I repeat, Mom was a Woman of Righteousness.
We love you Mom and may we all live worthily to be with you again one day in the presence of our Heavenly Father.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Cub River Chapel, 5307 E. Cub River Road, Preston, Idaho. A viewing will be held prior to the funeral from 9:30-10:30 at the church. Interment will be in the Logan Utah Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at webbmortuary.com
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Saturday, January 14, 2023
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Saturday, January 14, 2023
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