Laughter, loyalty, love: these are the words that describe the wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and rock of our family who left us too soon Nov. 2, 2016. Denise Ann Keeley Badder lived her life on her own terms and fittingly refused to move on to her next adventure until her wishes, being home and surrounded by family, were met.
Denise was the youngest of five children born to the late Nancy and Bill Keeley, of Onaway, Michigan. Upon graduation, she followed the love of her life, Wayne David Badder, up to Alaska to start their life together in Delta Junction. With their sons, Wayne Jr. and Jesse, they lived a life full of outdoor adventures: fishing, snowmachining and sports too numerous to list. Denise was not only the greatest cheerleader for the men in her life but also was an active participant. She loved to bowl, run softball tournaments as well as play in them, and play racquetball.
In 1996, the family moved to North Pole where they stayed until the boys graduated. After nearly 23 years in Alaska their journeys took them to Death Valley National Park where she worked as an IT specialist for the past 15 years. Denise loved the National Park system and took every chance to experience as many as possible with family and friends. While there, Denise’s passion for the environment stayed strong, and she taught us how we should behave and live. She never backed down from any challenge, and believed in hard work and treating others the way you would like to be treated. Her quick wit, sarcasm and humor were beloved character traits by all who knew her.
Denise had many hobbies: crafting, sewing, biking, cake decorating, Tigers baseball (which always seemed to break her heart), and of course, shoe shopping. She loved to travel with her husband as much as possible and experience new places. If you listened to her music you would find a Christmas song, even if it was July. Her greatest role was as grandma; she loved and spoiled her grand babies, Zaner, Cal-cal and baby Kas dearly.
Denise was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Nancy Keeley; in-laws Duane, Julie, and Barb Badder, and brother-in-law Wally Larson, all of Onaway. She is survived by her loving husband, Wayne David, and sons Wayne (Robyn) and Jesse, grandchildren Zane, Calvin and Kassidy, siblings Karen (Dan) Sachs, Bill (Doreen) Keeley, Mary Larson, and Daniel Keeley, brothers- and sisters-in-law Susan (Denny)Sandow, Jeff (Charlene) Badder, Leslie Badder, and Mike Badder, and multiple nieces and nephews.