Elizabeth A. Keller

Nov. 13, 1952-Dec. 14, 2013

A memorial service for Elizabeth Ann (Betsy) Keller of Montauk, who died in her sleep at home at Camp Hero on Dec. 14, will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Nancy Howarth officiating. Mrs. Keller was 61.

Born to Harold Hutflas and the former Eleanor Scott at Southampton Hospital on Nov. 13, 1952, Mrs. Keller grew up in East Hampton and married her East Hampton High School sweetheart, Patrick Keller, on Oct. 20, 1969. The couple made their home in Montauk from then on. Stacey Bistrian of Amagansett, her daughter, remembers their moving around a bit when she and her brother, Timothy Keller of Sag Harbor, were growing up, but always in Montauk.

After her marriage she worked for more than 25 years as a spa treatment therapist at Gurney’s Inn, where she built up a large clientele. The Kellers moved into their Camp Hero house over 30 years ago. Her mother “loved the Walking Dunes” on Napeague, Ms. Bistrian said. She also liked to collect beach glass, particularly on Gin Beach and by Navy Road, and she treasured the bits she found.

Her family came first, said her daughter, followed by her house and garden, where she grew rose bushes. In the spring the yard was covered in daffodils. Mrs. Keller also loved cooking for the family, and always enjoyed reading when there was time. Most of all, said Ms. Bistrian, she loved her four grandchildren.

She was cremated. Besides her children and grandchildren, she leaves a sister, Suzanne Abrams of Tucson.