March 8, 1937 ~ April 2, 2021

Born in: Monticello, GA
Resided in: Statham, GA

Helen McElheney Keeling, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 2, 2021 at the age of 84.

She retired from Gwinnett Medical Hospital System as an operating room nurse. She was born to her late parents, Paul McElheny and Belle Bartlett McElheney in Monticello Georgia.

She is predeceased by her husband of almost 54 years, George Keeling and son Matthew Keeling, sisters Elaine McElheney and Sylvia Herringdine. The loves of her lives were her children, Bill (Melanie M), Chris (Melanie H), Catherine Keeling, Daughter-in-law Amy Keeling and her grandchildren, Chad (Emily) Keeling, Blake Keeling, Leslie Keeling, Lindsey (Chris) Dilfield, Cassie Keeling, Natalie (Danny) Delgado, Morgan (Matt) Borlee, Emory and Elizabeth Linder, and Levi and Sydney Keeling and great-grandchildren, Skyler, Banks, Raelyn, Nolan, Mackenzie, Owen and Harper. She is also survived by her sisters Shirley Owens and Brenda Miller and brother Ronald McElheney and several nieces and nephew.

Helen was the happiest when all her family, and it was a lot of us, gathered together at her homeplace in Monticello to share a meal with lots of love and laughter.

The funeral and visitation will be at Wages and Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville 30046. Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm and the funeral will be at noon on April 7, 2021 in the Chapel with the interment following at Gwinnett Memorial Park, 925 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville 30046.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund
C/O Shirley Owens
172 Hudson Drive N.E.
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Online condolences may be expressed at

Helen Keeling Celebration of Life Live Stream from Essence of Life Video on Vimeo.


Visitation: April 6, 2021 4:00 pm - April 6, 2021 8:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Funeral Service: April 7, 2021 12:00 pm - April 7, 2021 1:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Interment: April 7, 2021 1:00 pm - April 7, 2021 1:30 pm

Gwinnett Memorial Park
925 US Highway 29 S
Lawrenceville, AG 30046


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  1. CandleImageSo very sorry for your loss.I know she was a very fine woman and great mother.
    She rest now in peace with our Lord and savior.Amen

  2. CandleImageChris, we are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Know that the GAHI association and the Board have you in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Joe and GAHI.

  3. I worked with Helen for many years in the Operating Room at GMC. She was the most caring of nurses. Her patients received her total attention and love during their time in the OR. She never failed to help if you asked. She never failed to teach the “newbies” when asked. She was the epitome of a dedicated OR nurse. I know the family will feel a big loss with her gone. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Heaven has one of the sweetest angels it could ever know!

  4. What a sweet, sweet service! I know Helen went to heaven knowing how much she was loved. I worked with Helen for many years at Gwinnett Medical. She was truly one of the kindest and most thoughtful nurses. We all loved working with Helen, not just because she was a good nurse, but also because of who she was as a person. She will be missed by so many.

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