"My mother taught me everything, except how to live without her."
  • 65 years old
  • Born on September 19, 1952 in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Passed away on January 25, 2018 in Suffolk, Virginia, United States.

Shirley Ann Keckler-Gaskins, 65, of Carrollton, passed away on January 25 at Obici Hospital in Suffolk, VA.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, VA with the Rev Joe Hunt officiating. A celebration of her life will follow for family and friends at the same location.

Shirley Ann and her identical twin sister Shelley Blanche were born in Germany on September 19, 1952. They moved to the United States with their parents, Lt. Col. Ralph J. Keckler and Lillia Chaubard Keckler early in life. Shirley married the love of her life, William A. “Buddy” Gaskins on December 23, 1984 in Newport News. She delighted in raising her children and grandchildren and spoiled them as much as she could. Later in life, she enjoyed traveling with her husband during his frequent trips around the country for his job with FEMA until his passing last year. During the last year of her life she missed her husband deeply and suffered with multiple health problems of her own.

Shirley is preceded in death by her mother Lillia Keckler Chaubard,father, Lt. Col. Ralph J. Keckler, twin sister Shelley Rackley and brother, Claude Keckler..

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Irene Williams of Portsmouth, her stepson Paul Avery Gaskins of Norfolk, three stepchildren from her husband’s previous marriage, and her brother Gene Keckler of New Kent.

For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed at http://www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video.

Posted by Andrea Dion on 3rd February 2018
Aunt Shirley, how I will miss your voice and your laugh..forever it will remain in my heart. Always you made time to visit when we came to town after moving..I am forever grateful we stayed in contact thru the years. I know yours and Shelley's spirit lives on with all of us who loved you so very much. FLY high..touch the stars..till we meet again..love you!!!!
Posted by Helen Redmond on 3rd February 2018
Sure going to miss you Shirl, Fly High my dear friend!!! Till we meet again. Thank You for being my friend. You were like a sister to me, I have so many beautiful memories. Rest In Heaven!!! You are now reunited with Buddy and pain free. I will always love you, and will miss you so very much. Love Ya Helen
Posted by Barry Keckler on 1st February 2018
I miss Shirley and Shelly as I think about all the good times we spent together when they came to Gettysburg with their parents. They were so cute and always very special to us all. God bless them.
Posted by Connie O'Brien on 29th January 2018
I missed you the minute you left us! We had so many plans, but I guess we will postpone them until we meet again. I know you are in a better state where you are healthy and free to be with Shelley and Buddy, but I'm also pretty selfish because I would rather have you here with us earthbound folks. You are forever missed we were so lucky to have those last months with you, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life and thank you for sharing your life and your self with us. Love you and miss you.
Posted by Olivia Dion on 29th January 2018
My Aunt Shirley and Nanna (Shelly) always said as I grew up " I love you high as the mountains deep as the sea, all the way to eternity".

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