The Daily Courier, Prescott, Arizona,
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Juliette Dawn Kellerhals, surrounded by family, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 14, 2012, after a brief battle of pancreatic cancer. She was a much-loved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was 68 years old.
Juliette was born in Fort Smith, Ark., on Feb. 8, 1944, to James Floyd Sanders Sr. and Sallie Doris (Basinger) Sanders. Juliette's family moved to Southern California where she lived for the next 45 years.
Juliette married Ivan Ray Kellerhals, a Fullerton fireman, on Feb. 26, 1971, in Whittier, Calif. When Ivan retired, they moved from Orange County, Calif., to Prescott, Ariz. They recently purchased a summerhouse in Show Low, Ariz. Whether in Prescott or Show Low, Juliette loved hiking with friends, quilting and sewing new projects, and serving in her community.
From the time she was able, Juliette worked outside of the home. Upon moving to Prescott, Juliette worked for the City of Prescott and retired as the city's risk manager. Although retired, Juliette continued to work part-time in the local quilt store, Quilt and Sew, assisting customers and teaching classes.
Juliette enjoyed being involved in her community and church. She was an active member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Prescott. She was an active member of the local chapter of the NSDAR (National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution) where she served as chaplain. As a member of the National Memorial Ladies, she attended the burials of soldiers at Prescott National Cemetery. She was also an active member of the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was proud that her ancestry on both her mom and dad's side rooted back to the early settlers of America.
Juliette has one daughter, Pamela Dawn (Kellerhals) Gillett, who has been married to Mark Gillett for 27 years. They have two children, Tommy Gillett, 26, and Allison Gillett, 21; they all reside in Southern California.
Juliette is preceded in death by her father James Floyd Sanders Sr.
Juliette is survived by her husband, Ivan Ray Kellerhals; her mother, Sallie Doris Sanders; her brother, James Floyd Sanders Jr. and his wife, Christine Sanders; her nephew, Benjamin Sanders, and niece Anna Sanders; her daughter, Pam Gillett and her husband, Mark Gillett; and her grandchildren, Tommy Gillett and Allison Gillett. She is also survived by her stepchildren, Bob Kellerhals and his wife Vicky, John Kellerhals and his wife Terri, along with their children Amanda and Candace; Ronald Kellerhals; and Richard Kellerhals and his daughter, Miranda.
Juliette will be buried at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif., where her father has been interred. Family, friends and coworkers are warmly invited to join in a memorial to celebrate Juliette's life at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Shepherd of the Hills, 1202 Green Lane, Prescott.
The church will be hosting a reception following the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to contribute to a memorial in Juliette's name may donate to Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420 Rockville, MD 20850-5168, or through their website at Fisherhouse.org
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