Claude Paul Clinton and Viola Lovel (Bishop) Keele Family
Claude Paul Keele and Viola L. Bishop were married May 21, 1922, at
Montgomery City. They lived in Montgomery County until October, 1929,
when they came to Mexico where Viola still resides.
Claude Paul was the youngest son of Richard F. Keele and Elizabeth
Haden. He was born September 27, 1899, in Montgomery County. There
are no birth records of Richard and Elizabeth Keele.
Viola L. was born in 1901 in Montgomery County. She was the oldest
child of Bentley Edward Bishop, born in 1880 in Montgomery County, and
Daisy Lee Hendricks, born in 1882 in Audrain County. They were married
in December, 1899, in Callaway County and lived their entire married life
in Montgomery and Callaway Counties.
Claude Paul and Viola L. had one son, Claude Edmond Keele, an only child,
born in October, 1923. He graduated from Mexico High School with the class
of 1941. T. Sgt. Claude Edmond Keele gave his life for his country in
World War II, in September, 1944, two weeks before his twenty-first birthday.
His Gold Star is on the World War II Plaque in the Audrain County Courthouse.
Viola attended beauty school in 1931. In 1932 she opened a beauty shop
in Mexico and is still a part time beautician.
She has been an active member of the First Christian Church for many years.
She has served on the Church Board and various committees and has been
primary teacher for the church school for many years. She was involved in
Girl Scouts, and in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary since World
War II at local, district and state levels and has worked on a volunteer
basis in Veterans' hospitals and Veterans' nursing homes.