Roxana (Rocky) Ruth Earley Keland

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Roxana (Rocky) Ruth Earley Keland

Roxana (Rocky) Ruth Earley Keland Roxana (Rocky) Ruth Earley Keland, Age 69, of Carmel, California, died March 3 in her home following a battle with breast cancer. Rocky was born in Phoenix, Arizona on January 27, 1950 and raised in Princeton, West Virginia. Rocky was a lifelong traveler who lived throughout the United States and abroad. Rocky spent her last 39 years on the Monterey Peninsula in California. She was the daughter of Princeton, West Virginia's Wanda Fritz (nee Snider) and Donald Marshall Earley.
Rocky studied at Southern Seminary for Young Women of Character in Virginia; Marshall University in West Virginia; The San Francisco Art Institute in California; and California State University, Monterey Bay (CSU). She held a Bachelor's degree in Visual and Public Art.
Rocky was a lifelong contributor and promoter of visual arts and was an accomplished photographer, painter, and jewelry maker. Her works were featured in local galleries on the Monterey Peninsula and focused on capturing the fleeting moments of life. She and her husband, Harold William Keland, opened Rocklands Restaurant and Gallery in Monterey, California, which exhibited contemporary art, served California cuisine, and was the first wine bar in Monterey.
Rocky was in the first graduating class of the Visual and Public Art Department (VPA) at CSU. She was an unwavering supporter of VPA, and her contributions have left and will continue to have a lasting impact on their program and students. These projects include murals at Marina High School, the CSUMB Vision Mural, Songs for Women Living With War memorial and the upcoming signature mural at the entrance of the new College for Arts Humanities and Social Sciences building that will open in Fall 2019.
Rocky was a world-traveler and Francophile who enjoyed learning about and exploring other cultures and perfecting her French language skills. As a result, she had a vast network of friends across the globe.
She was proceeded in death by her parents.
Rocky is survived by her husband of 39 years, Harold William Keland, two daughters: Candace Bartholomay and Karen Onnolee Keland, her three siblings: Jan Grijalva (Joe), Gail Earley, and Conrad Fritz, cousins, nieces, nephews, and a large extended family of friends.
A celebration of Rocky's life will be held on May 5, 2019 from 2-5 p.m. at The Club at Pasadera (100 Pasadera Dr., Monterey, CA 93940).
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Visual and Public Art Department at CSU, Monterey Bay, The American Cancer Institute, or The Breast Cancer Research Foundation are suggested.
Published on March 14, 2019
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6 posts

Linda Wimmer Wickline
Mar 17, 2019
I would have graduated from high school with Roxana. However, I married at 17 and finished school at Radfod, Virginia. I was not close to Roxana, but I admired her friendliness and treating everyone like someone important. She was not only beautiful to look at, but had a beautiful soul. I am so sorry that she has left this life, but it seems that she lived it well. Her family has my heartfelt sympathy.
Judy Foster-Holland
Mar 15, 2019
Roxanne was so sweet--her mother and my mother (Evelyn Nuckolls Foster) were best of friends. Here are a couple of photos of Roxanne that were taken in 1961 at my second birthday party. She was 11 when these photos were taken. I send my condolences and prayers to the family.
Susan Piper Pietrantozzi
Mar 14, 2019
I graduated with Roxana. I will forever remember her beautiful smile and her warmth. I am so sorry to hear of her passing.
Vickie Phillips Clifton
Mar 14, 2019
I went to high school with Roxana and fondly remember her as our President in Su-WANs and our beautiful homecoming queen 1967. Her smile was contagious and
uplifting. Would have loved to known where she lived. She never came back for class reunions and many wondered how she made out in life. Sounds like she had a wonderful fulfilling life.
Sandi San Martin
Mar 14, 2019
Oh My, where do I begin?! We connected, through a friend in France, that I actually never met. He found out we lived within 5 miles of each other, and we connected.
Our first outing was at Tarpy's. Three hours later, we almost could not say "good-bye", we had so much more to say!
We both said "good-Bye" to our pets that crossed the Rainbow Bridge, together at Carmel River Beach. She planned to kidnap me, to visit Antibes. I was ready!!! It would have been the most beautiful adventure.
While we only connected for a little over a year, we spoke of feeling like sisters. I still feel that and know we will meet again. Much Love and Peace!!
Cindy Bridges Sparks
Mar 14, 2019
Rest In Peace