Allene Vada Keiser

August 1, 1925 - April 25, 2021
Allene Vada Keiser

Allene Vada Keiser (affectionately known as Franny), 95, of Leland, N.C., died peacefully at her home on April 25, 2021 with her family by her side.

Allene was born in Brisbane, Australia on August 1, 1925 to the late Mary Connelly and Allen Gilbert. She came to America following her marriage to Joe Edward Keiser, an American G.I., during World War II. Allene and Joe moved extensively throughout the United States due to Joe’s engineering career with Dupont, finally settling in Leland, N.C. Her greatest joys in life were her children and grandchildren. As an avid traveler, she visited many countries all over the world, but her favorite trips were the ones she took with her grandchildren to Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Allene is survived by her children, Kathleen Mary Keiser, Philip Joe Keiser, and Patricia Jane Keiser; grandchild, Kyle Russell and wife Mallory; great grandchildren Joel Taylor Benson, Violet Della Edwards, Tilly Brooke Russell, and Bexley Ann Russell.

In addition to her husband and parents, Allene was preceded in death by her two sisters Norma Leroy and Patricia Simms, her son David Harold Keiser, and grandson Stuart Edward Benson.

A private celebration of her life and the interment of ashes will be held at a later date. The family would like to extend a special thank you to her loving caregivers Ramona Jones and Tammy Walker, along with all the nurses and caregivers at hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please donate to Allene’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation,525 Village Road Leland, NC 28451 910-383-3511


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  • April 28, 2021
    Marsha Caulder says:
    Marsha Caulder

  • April 28, 2021
    Marsha Caulder says:
    Philip, my deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Mother. May you always cherish your precious memories with her. God bless you.

  • April 28, 2021
    Sylvia S. Jones says:
    Kathy and family, I'm sorry to learn if your Mom's passing. She was always so sweet and fun with us girls at your pajama parties. And I loved to listen to her and hear her beautiful accent. Peace and comfort to you all.

  • April 29, 2021
    Lillian West says:
    Kathleen, your Mother was such a wonderful sweet woman. My life was enriched by having known her. Heartfelt sympathy to you, Jane, and Phil.

  • April 30, 2021
    Diane Lynch says:
    Jane, so saddened to hear of your loss of your Mom. Heartfelt condolences to you, Phil and Kathy.