Diana Keathley

Obituary of Diana Lee Keathley

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Diana Lee Rushlow was born on June 1, 1941, in Trenton, Michigan. She was the only child born to the union of Albert Joseph and Sophie Victoria (Tarlowicz) Rushlow.  As a young girl she was baptized and worshipped at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Wyandotte, Michigan.


On July 14, 1958, in Clinton, Virginia she married the love of her life, Earnest Keathley.   She was a member of the Dunbar Church of Christ in Monroe, Michigan where she loved participating with the Ladies Bible Club.


Diana was known for her organizational skills and enjoyed doing anything domesticated whether it was cleaning, sewing, quilting or simple crafts. She was also a fantastic cook and enjoyed canning and freezing the produce she and Earnest would grow in their own garden.   She made many special dishes, but her potatoes, green beans, and taco salad to name a few were always fan favorites. Diana wasn’t one to let the grass grown under her feet.  Always on the go, her partner in crime was often her best friend:  Helen Cole.


Diana Lee Keathley, age 81, of Monroe passed away on Friday; July 22, 2022, at her home under the care of ProMedica Monroe Hospice, her nurse: Julie, and of her two daughters:  Cynthia and Lisa.  Her passing was preceded by her parents:  Albert and Sophie Rushlow and her husband of sixty years:  Earnest Keathley on January 28, 2018.


To cherish her memory, she leaves two daughters: Cynthia “Cindy” (Kendall) Hollifield of Brownstown, Michigan and Lisa Koler of Huntsville, Alabama; five grandchildren:  Kevin (Jennifer) Hollifield of Mont Clair, New Jersey, Kristen (Michael) LaBeau of Wyandotte, Michigan, Shane Koler of Corinth, Mississippi, Troy Koler of Memphis, Tennessee, and Kade Koler of Mobile, Alabama.


No public services are planned at this time.   Her care has been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. Cremation has taken place through Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.


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