Roberta J. Keeble

Roberta J. Keeble

Robert Jane (Ivy) Keeble, 72, died on Oct. 6, 2017 in Uvalde.

A memorial service will be held on Nov. 4, 2017, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sabinal. Anyone attending is encouraged to wear colorful clothing or jewelry, if they are comfortable doing so, to honor the life aesthetic and memory of a vivid woman.

She was born on July 3, 1945, in Sabinal to Ethel Roberta (Garrett) and Morris Ivy.

An only child for the first four years of her life, she enjoyed being her mother’s helper. She loved her three siblings when they arrived, and did her best to nurture and encourage them.

She loved to read, and had a life-long love of poetry and music. While other children were outside playing, riding horses, and climbing trees, she was inside reading a book. An intelligent child, she did well in school.

She was known to try every new hair style that ever came out, from sporting an Afro to a nearly shaved head. Always open to new ideas and change, she dyed her hair every color including blonde, brunette and red – and on one memorable occasion, purple. And purple wasn’t popular then.

Through the years she acquired the nicknames of Bobbie and Bert.

After graduating from Sabinal High School in 1963, she attended Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, and worked at the Wagon Wheel Cafe in Sabinal. She spoke fondly of – and told funny stories from – her time working as a waitress there.

When her mother became ill she quit working to help care for her family.

She married Walter Donelson “Don” Keeble Jr. on June 13, 1979, on the steps of the Uvalde County Courthouse.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church until marriage, then joined the First United Methodist Church of Sabinal.

After she and her husband had a daughter, she stayed home and took care of her family. She enjoyed the constant flow of friends and relatives through her home, always ready to offer food and comfort at a moments notice.

She loved animals deeply, and cared for many over her lifetime. She was short but dynamic, and always strongly insisted she was about two inches taller than her measured height. She loved vibrant colored clothing, statement jewelry, and big hair.

She went back to school in her 60s, attending classes at Southwest Texas Junior College once again, and being inducted into the Eta Beta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society alongside her daughter. Keeble adored mothering younger classmates, and her nurturing nature and positivity shone through every action she took throughout her life.

In her later years she learned to use an iPad, and spent many happy hours on music or video applications playing music and reading eBooks. She happily survived on a diet consisting largely of bacon cheeseburgers, Cokes, and the occasional salad her daughter insisted upon.

Keeble was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

She is survived by one daughter, Julye Keeble of Uvalde; one brother, Lannie Ivy of Sabinal; two sisters, Marsha Ivy and Billie Ivy, both of San Antonio; two nephews, Justin Ivy of San Antonio and Lucas Ivy and wife, Kathryn, of Lake Hills; one niece, Stephanie O’Neill and husband, Patrick, of San Antonio; one great-nephew, Angel Mendez; one great-niece, Courtney Ivy; and numerous cousins, other relatives and dear friends; as well as several beloved pets.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Humane Society of Uvalde, P.O. Box 1650,

Uvalde, TX 78802.

Guinn-Horger Funeral Home, Hondo, Texas

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