KEIL – Caroline Luther (“Lu”) age 98, died April 21. Lu was born Oct 1, 1911 to Mary H. and Royal Luther Sr., in Amagansett, N.Y. She graduated from East Hampton, N.Y., High School in 1930 and from Columbia Presbyterian Nursing School in New York City in 1933.

Lu worked on staff as head nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City until 1945.

She married William Keil in 1940 in Jefferson, N.Y., and they made their home in Merrick, N.Y., until they moved to Santa Fe in 1969. Lu worked part-time at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe before the hospital moved to its present location. For several years she served as a volunteer at the First Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Indian Hospital, Meals on Wheels and the Food Depot.

Lu was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, her parents and one brother.

She is survived by her daughter Susan Smith and husband Toby of Albuquerque, daughter Margot Hoercher and husband Donald of Colorado Springs, Colo., four grandchildren—Christopher Hoercher, Cari H. Santillan, Jedediah Smith and Carson Smith, and five great-grandchildren. Also, one niece—Kaye L. Lycke and husband William of Palm City, Fla.

Lu was a member of First Presbyterian Santa Fe until she moved to live with her daughter in Albuquerque in 2002, when she transferred membership to First Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Lu’s life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions in her name may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Cuba Mission Fund, 215 Locust NE, Albuquerque, 87102.