Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Doris L. Keefer

Doris L. Keefer, age 98, of Mansfield and formerly of Shelby, died early Saturday morning, April 24, 2021 at her home at Wedgewood Estates.

Doris was born July 6, 1922 in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of the late Herbert E. and Bessie M. (Allen) Smith. She was a 1941 graduate of Roslindale Massachusetts High School. On October 3, 1948, Doris married Wayne L. Keefer and he preceded her in death on May 21, 2017 after 69 years of marriage. In 1988, Doris retired from Lazarus Department Store at the Richland Mall after 17 years of service.

Throughout her life, Doris was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Shelby. She had also been a member of Infant to Adult Mothers Club, UAW Retirees, and was a Red Cross Hospital Volunteer until the age of 90. Doris and Wayne traveled extensively and enjoyed sailing.

Doris is survived by 2 daughters: Norma M. Keefer (Michael Iding) of Centerville, Ohio and Pauline L. (Samuel) Patton, Jr. of Mansfield; a son: Kevin A. Keefer of Stony Point, NY; a granddaughter: Katie (Miguel) Resto; a great grandson: Deklyn; and many step grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, Doris was preceded in death by her grandson, Nicholas Keefer, and a brother, Lawrence Smith.

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 10-11 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will immediately follow at 11 am. The family kindly requests that those visiting wear masks.  Pastor Jeff Croft will officiate the services and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 18 South Gamble Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence on Doris’ obituary at or by leaving a comment on her post on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Frederick Studer says:

    To Norma and rest of Keefer family, so sorry for your loss. May God Bless and Keep You and Yours Always! Fred…..

  2. Joe and Terri (Perman) DeVito says:

    Norma, Pauline, and Kevin
    So very sorry to hear about mom. What memories I have growing up with your family! Thoughts and prayers with all of your family

  3. Frederick Studer says:

    Norma and rest of Keefer family, so sorry for your loss…… May God Bless and Keep You and Yours Always!!! Fred…..

  4. Jeanetta Ely says:

    So sorry Pauline. Prayers for you and your family. Hugs!

  5. Sally Henderson says:

    I was so sorry to read of your mom’s passing, Pauline and Norma. She was always so cheerful, and I know she will be missed.

  6. James & Barbara Eakins says:

    Norma, Pauline, and Kevin. I have lost my best friend and Kindred spirit, and I can sympathize with you in the loss of your dear Mother. Doris was the kindest person. She always had a youthful and exuberant outlook on life. She and I have been friends for almost 50 years so I have lots of wonderful memories of our times together. When your Dad was living, Jim and I had lots of good times with your parents, such as going to Jolly Rogers or to Put-In-Bay and Kelly’s Island or to the Myers Band Shell Summer Concerts in Ashland and to get ice cream afterwards at the Merry-Go-Round Restaurant, and all of the card games we enjoyed playing. We missed Wayne so much after he passed.
    Also, lots of good times at our Mother’s Club Meetings with your Mom and later with all the husbands of the members when we would go out once a month and eat in an area restaurant. Of course, Covid-19 put an end to that temporarily. I was so looking forward to helping Doris celebrate her 100th birthday, but of course, some things can never be. I will always love her and hold her close to my heart.

  7. Sue (Heydinger) Williams says:

    Norma and the rest of the Keefer family. So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a special lady. Always enjoyed going to your home and seeing your mother.

  8. Durk Milliron says:

    To all the children of Doris, may God comfort you in your time of the passing of your Mother and Grandmother.

  9. Bob Conley says:

    Norma and rest of the family: so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. But oh, what a wonderfully long and active life! May God’s perpetual light shine upon upon the soul of Doris.

    Bob and Rosanne Conley

  10. Rob and Sue Parrigan says:

    Family of Doris,
    We loved attending church with your mom and dad. What sweet people they were. We loved hearing about their sailing adventures. They were a special couple…. The Parrigan’s

  11. Stephanie Morris says:

    Sincere sympathy to Norma, Pauline and the rest of the family on the passing of your mother. May fond memories help you through this difficult time.

  12. Gale Hunter says:

    I am a friend from Wedgewood Estates. She was a joy to talk with and I will miss her pretty glowing smile. Family you all had a wonderful mother.

  13. Wayne Clay says:

    Norma, Pauline, Kevin, sorry for your loss of your mother. I remember her as an amazing and active woman. Fond memories of her and you father. I was blessed to have known them and the family.

  14. Barb Hummel says:

    Norma, Pauline and Kevin – so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. I have such fond memories of time spent at your home. Will keep you in my prayers during this difficult time.

  15. Pat Krupp Will says:

    My deepest sympathy to your family. I have so many good memories of your Mom. She was such a nice person and always smiling. May God comfort you and grant you and your family peace.

  16. Greg Davis says:

    Norma and family. So sorry for your loss. Prayers.

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