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Kaylee Janice Keller (Nielson, Phelps)

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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 10:00 am

Kaylee Keller, 79, of Sagle, Idaho, passed on April 1, 2012.

She was born in Parkland, Wash., on Sept. 4, 1932, to Harold and Eunice Keller. She reigned as Queen of the Evergreen State Fair in 1950 for which she received a scholarship.

She was a graduate of Mt. Si High School in Snoqualmie, Wash., and earned her bachelor of science degree in zoology from the University of Washington. She received her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1957, and completed her residency in pediatrics at King County and Children's Orthopedic Hospitals in Seattle in 1960.

She gave 32 years of medical service, 20 in pediatrics and 12 treating addictions. She co-authored the book “The Hidden Addiction and How to Get Free.” She later sold real estate around Sandpoint, Idaho.

Her endless positive energy and great desire to help others knew no bounds. She is survived by her brothers, Dale and Ward Keller; her children, Julia, Howard, and Peter Nielson; and her beloved grandson, Chase Nielson.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Nielson house at 415 Fifth Street, Mukilteo, Wash., from 1-5 p.m. on April 29, 2012.