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Betty J. Keller

Betty J. Keller, formerly of Montoursville, passed away June 30, 2020, at the age of 97 years. She was a resident of the Starling Assisted Living Community in Nocatee, Florida.

Betty Hazard is the daughter of the late Ray C. Keefer and Corabelle Keefer. She was born January 26, 1923 in Williamsport. She is the widow of James N. Keller of Montoursville, and of Roger Hazard of Claremont, Florida.

Betty is the founder of Betty Keller School of the Dance in Montoursville which she operated from the 1950s to the 1970s. In the 1960s she taught an annual ballroom dancing class to sixth graders. The class lasted six to eight weeks and many parents would not allow their kids to go to house parties or school dances until they took this class where Betty taught the boys how to properly ask a girl to dance and the girls how to properly accept. For years the program was a rite of passage in Montoursville. She retired and moved to Florida where she continued to teach occasionally until she was nearly 90. Several years ago while on a cruise that featured the cast of Dancing with the Stars, she was pulled aside by one of the cast who watched her on the dance floor, and they asked her to dance along with them in their show.

She is survived by her son, Steve Keller, and her daughter-in-law, Kathy Keller of Ponte Vedra, Florida; her granddaughter, Dr. Lindsey Berjansky of Ashburn, Va., and two great-grandsons.

Her ashes will be scattered at sea after the pandemic.

Submitted by family.