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RaNay Keller

RaNay Shawn Keller, 65, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2021, in Helena, Montana, with her children by her side.

RaNay marched to the beat of her own drum from the moment she was born on June 13, 1956, to Mike and Neva Keller in Pierre, South Dakota. She grew up near Eagle Butte at a sheep farm on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation. She was always a spitfire; when she was younger and her brother Danny Mike teased her at the dinner table, she forked him on the hand.

After graduating from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Guidance Counseling and Personal Services, RaNay went on to obtain her Master’s degree within the following year. As she proceeded through her professional life, she helped others in many different aspects of the social services until multiple sclerosis forced an early retirement. 

Always loving to laugh and enjoying life to the fullest, RaNay surrounded herself with friends and loved ones who supported her as much as she supported them. A wonderful example of perseverance and drive, she rarely came across an obstacle that she could not find a solution to. Most of all, she worked diligently to help anyone who needed it and to ensure that those around her knew they were loved and appreciated.

She spent many hours enjoying music, taking mountain drives, playing cribbage and visiting over a cup of coffee with those close to her. She loved tenaciously, and the only thing she loved more than her children were her grandchildren.

RaNay is survived by her children Blaine Stankey, Mikki Goodhart (Clayton), and Mariah Stankey; and by beloved grandchildren across many families. She is also survived by her siblings Dan Keller (Lorrain) and Judy Gray (Dan).

A celebration of life will take place on January 14, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Helena, Montana. In honor of RaNay’s wishes, ashes will also be spread in South Dakota at the Cheyenne River. Memorial donations may be made to NAMI Montana. To offer a condolence or to share a story about RaNay, please visit

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