Mary Miles, 1927-2022, was raised in South Minneapolis, started a family with forester Bill Miles in the Pacific Northwest, and returned to Minnesota to raise their children in St. Paul.

Mary was widowed in 1976 and found a second love, marrying Harry Keller in 1989.

Mary was a University of Minnesota graduate and enjoyed a career that included the Betty Crocker test kitchen and Dayton’s. She was active at Holy Childhood Catholic Church.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Louise Van Braak; husbands, William Miles and Harold Keller; siblings, Jane (Paul St. Anthony), Ruth (John Miles) and William Jr. She is survived by her children: Bill Miles (Sally), Kate Palmquist (Dave), Tim Miles (Sue Wolfram), Louise Miles (Tom Heinz), Anne Everett (Craig), Pat Miles (Monica), Margaret Miles (Cathy ten Broeke); and Keller family step-children; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials to Haven Housing, 1803 Bryant Ave. N., Minneapolis 55411 or William R. Miles Forestry Scholarship, U of M, 1530 Cleveland Ave. N., #115, St. Paul 55108.

Memorial service was held on March 31 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

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