CONCORD, Massachusetts — Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Edna Miriam “Mitzi” (Vaughan) Keleher, 89, who died on April 25 at home with her loving family around her, on Saturday, May 24 at 2 p.m. at Duvall Chapel at New England Deaconess Assoc., 80 Deaconess Rd., Concord. Mitzi will be laid to rest with her husband later this summer at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
She was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming. and was a descendent of the Vaughan family of Pomfret and Middleboro, Massachusetts.
In her early life, she was a proud Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo contestant, a ticket agent for United Airlines and nursing student at St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Denver, Colorado There she met her beloved husband Robert, a WWII Navy veteran who then joined the U.S. Air Force.
They embarked on a wonderful married life of 54 years, moving 16 times with children Bonnie and Douglas, stationed all over the U.S. and overseas from Guam to Turkey, Thailand to London, finally retiring in Springfield, Virginia.
Mitzi enjoyed her many friends and neighbors she met in life as an Air Force wife, and loved raising her family, entertaining, volunteering, playing golf, and once scoring an ace in a big tournament.
She moved to Concord after her husband passed away and made many more friends at Newbury Court.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Paul Drexler of Wayland, Massachusetts; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Maureen Keleher of South Pomfret; one sister Enidelle Schmidt of Minnetonka, Minnesota; six grandchildren David, Molly, Bret, Seanan, Mairin, Bridger; and one great-granddaughter Madeleine.
Arrangements under the care of Concord Funeral Home, Concord, Massachusetts.
To share a memory or offer a condolence visit: www.concordfuneral.com
This obituary first appeared in the May 8, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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