Edith Mae Keller Langston was born at home on Keller Lane on 11/25/1923 to Alva Wilmott and Edith Nichol Keller. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on 7/15/2021. She grew up in East Millcreek on her family-owned farm. She said many times what a perfect childhood she and her brothers and sister were given. Playing on the banks of Millcreek, riding horses, running the fields, stealing prize watermelons from her Uncle BUT also learning the value of hard work on the farm. She always marveled at her mother baking bread in a coal stove and her father working the fields by hand with just a horse to help him get the fields ready to plant! She attended Sherman Elementary School (as did all her children), Irving Junior High and graduated from Granite High School. Even though she was afraid of water she and her friends spent a lot of time at Salt Air, taking photos on the beach and dancing the night away. One of her friends lined her up on a blind date with a handsome young man named Raymond Langston, and the rest as they say, is history!
She and Raymond were married on January 21, 1949 at her Uncle’s home in Holladay. On October 16, 2015 she and Ray were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Mae and Ray were blessed with 3 children, Bradley Ray, Alan Keller and Edie Ann. Bradley and Alan are very athletic (like Ray) and so she quickly became ‘team Mom’ to the Little League Baseball team and the ATS (Alpine Training School) ski team. She had an old Army jeep that we would load up with Shasta soda pop and sell at the little league games. She loved that jeep and often regretted selling it! She and Ray helped to put on many ski races throughout the Intermountain West! She loved sitting at the finish line keeping times while Ray was at the starting gate sending all her ‘boys’ down the mountain.
Mae and Ray enjoyed many years traveling, playing golf and skiing. She loved Laguna Beach, Jackson Hole and Moab and tried to visit those places as much as possible. Ray and Mae had a group of friends they called ‘The 19th Hole Gang’ (yes, they even had sweatshirts!) that traveled to any and every golf course they could find! She always had such fun on those trips but, home was always the best place to be for her! She loved baking cookies and delivering them to all the neighbors! Helping people made her happy! Our friends called her the ‘cookie Mom’ as there were always fresh cookies at our house! She and Dad gave us the best childhood, always family dinners, actual conversations at dinner too! Camping trips, ski trips, golf trips, trips to many National Parks, always lots of family time! Family was the most important thing to her!
Later in life she enjoyed going shopping, not really to buy much, but just to spend time with the girls. She loved the monthly Saturday lunches and shopping trips with friends and family. Mae also loved to go shopping with Edie and her daughter-in-law Cherie (whom she loves like her own daughter). She also jumped at the chance to go out to dinner with the family any time!
Mae loved her Mom and Dad (Edith and Mott) she also loved her big brothers Reed, Grant, Sylvan (Syb), Lyle and Ken. She was extremely close to her little sister Wilma, she spoke often of the fun they had on the farm! Mae and Wilma were both a lot like their mom, loving, nurturing and giving! Mae is preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings, we can only imagine the great reunion they had!
Mae is survived by her loving husband and best friend, Ray. Her children, Bradley, Alan (Cherie) and Edie. Grandchildren, Mindi, Jenn, Angel, Christopher, Daniel and Kurtis. Her great-grandchildren, Tony, Alex, Brittany, Chance, Madison, Hailey and Harley. Great-great-grandchildren, Carter and Eli with another on the way.
There are so many people we want to thank for all the care, phone calls, visits, goodies, flowers over these last few months! Too many to name here but, you know who you are and know we love you and cherish your love and friendship!
A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 11:00am at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to visit Wednesday evening, 6:00-8:00pm, at Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, Salt Lake City.
PLEASE: Because of the heat, come casual (but tasteful) to the viewing and graveside services. Mae would want everyone to be comfortable. Suitcoats, ties or nylons optional! And, instead of flowers, bake someone some homemade cookies!