Dovie J. Keeling, 87


Dovie June Keeling, 87, of Vandalia, died on Friday, April 10, 2020 at Fayette County Hospital.

A private graveside service and Interment was held at Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, with Rev. Doug Wodtka officiating. Hohlt and File Funeral Home of Vandalia assisted the family with arrangements.

Mrs. Keeling was born on June 18, 1932, in Matthews, MO, the daughter of Edgar Jackson and Ovelia Christine (Lancaster) Evans. She married Franklin M. Hill on Sept. 3, 1951, he preceded in death on Oct. 1, 1997. She later married Morris Edward Keeling on Oct. 19, 2007 and they shared 12 years of marriage.

Mrs. Keeling was a homemaker and former church pianist for Alpine Baptist Church in Barnhart, MO, Temple Baptist Church in Vandalia and occasionally for Overcup Baptist Church in Vandalia, where she was a member.

Mrs.Keeling is survived by her husband, Morris Keeling;  daughter, Dixie Christina Gunnett of Farmington, MO; step-children, Judith Hampton of Fillmore, Gregory Keeling of Mulberry Grove and Randy Keeling of Pocahontas; grandchildren, Melanie Dawn Sigman, Danny Robert Sigman II, Aaron Gabriel Lockwood, Tommy Rusty Hill II and Joseph Alan Hill; step-grandchildren, Justin Keeling, Jacob Keeling, Addison Keeling, Curtis Hampton, Shelli Jo Hampton, and Jeremy Keeling; great-grandchildren, Alexander John “AJ” Sigman, Andrew “Drew” Sigman, Tommy Rusty Hill III and Taylor Jo Hill; several step-great and great-great grandchildren; nephew and caretaker, Billy Mark Evans of Vandalia; and nieces and nephews, Renee Evans, Regina (Kenny) Laswell,Homer Jackson II and Connie Evans.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Franklin Hill; son Tommy Rusty Hill; and brothers, Homer Jackson Evans and Billy Cleveland Evans.

Memorials may be made to Pony Bird Inc., a facility providing 24-hour care for developmentally disabled, non-ambulatory children and adults. Condolences may be left online at


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