Irma ‘Jean’ Bennett Keller

Feb 26, 2014

1922 — 2014

PLANTATION, FLORIDA — Irma Jean Bennett Keller, 91, daughter of E.R. and Irma Bennett, was brought to these mountains 85 years ago as a summer resident, which continued until the day she went to her heavenly home. In the early days they stayed in family homes, like the Moody’s and Campbell’s, until they built their own summer home on Soco. She looked forward to the weekly square dances and square danced with young men like the late John K. Reeves. When she was not here, she longed to be here, to enjoy her beautiful gardens she worked on constantly, and have a small glass of wine at the end of the day resting, (or taking a short nap), in her beloved “Brickyard.”

She was brought to Fort Lauderdale in 1923, when her parents moved from Waycross, Georgia, and graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School in 1940 and the University of Maryland in 1944. She was a member of Pioneer Woman and an active member of P.E.O. for 70 years.

Jean was renowned for her ability "to fix and recycle" almost anything, and her avid love of gardening. She dedicated her life to the natural beautification of her gardens. As a proud and loving mother, she encouraged everyone to do their best, touching and inspiring the lives of many. Jean will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Jean is survived by her very loving husband, George Keller; a son, James Jay Ring; and daughter, Jill Ring Law; and three stepchildren, Susan Berger, Skip Keller and Nancy Schwanke. She had two other children that preceded her death, John B. Ring and Jerry M. Ring. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service was held for family only. Arrangements were conducted by T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home.