Abigail Elizabeth Keller

  • Born: July 25, 2007
  • Died: February 7, 2019
  • Location: Lakeway, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home Lake Travis

411 Ranch Rd. 620 S.
Lakeway, TX 78734

Tel. (512) 263-1511

Tribute & Message From The Family

Once upon a time there was a princess

Once upon a time there was a princess, Abigail Elizabeth Keller, a little girl with a big name, her birth on July 25, 2007 was one of the happiest days of her parents lives. Her parents like to think that Abigail knew of the journey she would take them on by the smile she had on her face as they rode down the hospital elevator to take her home. Abbey's smile was the one constant that could be counted on despite her lifelong struggles. One night as she rode in the car with her parents she would get upset and then smile for no reason until Momma realized that it was every time that they left the glow of the overhead street lights, their blind little girl didn't like the dark! Early on as her Dada held her in his arms, during one of the hospitalizations, they were both covered in vomit but she looked up at him and smiled. Countless were the times when she laughed and played despite being in the hospital, amazing all who saw. Who else, but Abbey, could get discharged straight out of the intensive care unit to go home? And because of her illness her parents met the wonderful doctors and nurses whom without Abbey they would never have known. Abigail educated her parents of the world, that is special needs parenting, and were made better because of it. She spent half her life in the hospital or in clinics. Those were the hard times.

But there were the good times as well. Everyone always looked forward to her birthday, at which in lieu of birthday gifts she would raise money for the Dell Children's Comprehensive Care Clinic. She did such a good job that the clinic started Abbey's Library, a program where at the end of each child's check-up, they are given a book to take home to be shared and read with their mom or dad, thus strengthening the family bond.

Abbey made numerous trips to Rockport where she enjoyed the sea air. However, by the look on her face as she felt the sand, her parents could tell that she did not care for the beach. But as Momma changed her diaper and the salt breeze blew across her bottom, she let out a giggle! Oh how she enjoyed getting on the big bed after the long drive down there and being greeted by Honey Gram singing the lyrics of Three Little Fishies or Grand Paw Stink blaring Snake Farm out of his iPad.

Going to San Angelo or Marfa to see Vivi and Grand Pa Rog was always a treat, although she really liked it when they came to her house to visit. At her house she could show off on her "Cirque du Soleil" play mat and be held by them for hours as she "watched over them". Playing with Grand Pa Rog's alligator hands or Vivi's jewelry were equally entertaining.

Napping on the soft bed at the Four Seasons Hotel before the Houston Astros game was always a requirement of both her and Dada. Whether it was the noise and excitement of the Taylor Swift concert with Momma and Amy Slack or the songs her teachers sang, Abbey always laughed and enjoyed the music. Although as her father found out the hard way, one could not get Abbey laughing too hard because she would have a seizure!

In the later years it became too risky to travel away from her doctors so her parents decided to have vacations in her hometown and what better place than the Circuit of the Americas. She was treated like royalty by her friends at COTA. Abbey attended multiple Formula One and MotoGP Grand Prix at one of which she got her picture taken with MotoAmerica Champion JD Beach and Andrea Iannone, AKA "The Maniac"! She loved the noise and vibration of the cars and motorcycles as she was pushed in her wheelchair, up until it was time for a nap then she would sleep soundly on one of the sofas or in her momma's arms despite the roar of the engines. Abbey and her family even stumbled upon one of her doctors who had his own race team at the PirelliWorld Challenge.

She enjoyed the little things in life as well; shopping with her grandmothers, a ride across the bay in uncle Austin's boat, a balloon from her friend Mr. Bickley, a table full of spoons at Maggiano's neatly placed by her friend Jean, carving a pumpkin with Miss Sharon, the mariachis at Don Mario's, a drive with Momma listening to Pit Bull or opera, honking the car horn at the cows, or just relaxing on the couch or the noisy box.

Despite being partially deaf she would always babble at the most opportune times, whether it was during someone telling a story that she would give her "opinion" or during Mass at Emmaus as if she was responding Amen!

Abbey was not only a gift but was gifted as well. Numerous were the family and friends, facing difficulties in their own lives, that drew courage from her as they saw what Abbey faced daily. Or when she would be sitting next to someone who was sad, she would reach out and pat them on the arm offering comfort, how she knew to do that remained a mystery but it was always welcomed. Those were the good times of her eleven years.

Abbey's family always knew this day, February 7, 2019 would come although they always had hope it would be the "next day". Every day was a gift and blessing from GOD allowing all who knew her to love her. Now she is in GOD's care, free from pain, where she can walk, talk, and do all the wonderful things that she could not do on Earth. Her Great Grandmothers, her namesakes, Mary Elizabeth Doerfler of Temple and Abigail Salgado of Marfa will keep her company until her family is reunited with her. Her friend James Bickley of Lakeway might even have a balloon waiting for her.

While only a short time in this life, Abbey touched many lives and her memory lives inside her mother and father Melissa and Travis Keller of Lakeway, grandparents Roger and Olivia Columbus of San Angelo, Paul "Buddy" and Karen Keller of Austin, great grandfather Tomas Salgado of Marfa, uncles and aunts, Austin and Megan Keller of Austin, Enrico and Tina Columbus of Big Spring, Eli and Amy Columbus of Dallas, cousins Maegan, Adeline, Ean, Ivy, Emma, Shafer , and Clara and a large loving extended family and friends.

Visitation will be at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 411 Ranch Road 620 South, Lakeway, TX 78734 on February 13, 2019 from 5-7:00 PM followed by a Rosary. Her Funeral Mass will be at Emmaus Catholic Church, 1718 Lohmans Crossing Road, Lakeway, Texas 78734 at 10:00 am on February 14, 2019. Burial site services will be at the family cemetery in Spicewood. Pall Bearers are her uncles Enrico Columbus, Eli Columbus, Austin Keller, Godfather Kerry Keller, and friends Mario Perez and Jean Bruns. Honorary Pall Bearers are all of you who loved Abbey and kept her in your prayers.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Dell Children's Comprehensive Care Clinic, Make-A-Wish, Dell Children's Blood and Cancer Center, and Hospice Austin.

Her mother and father thank all of Abbey's family, doctors and nurses, therapists, and Lake Travis ISD teachers who all played a lovingly important role in her life and care.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Travis and Melissa, my heart is aching for you both. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God hold you all in his arms and help you through this most difficult time. XOXOXO

Posted by Susie Day - Austin, TX   February 14, 2019

Travis and Melissa, Deepest condolences to you both for your loss. Your family will hold a special place in the hearts of all of us whose lives you have touched. It has been a privilege to know and work with your family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of great sorrow.

Posted by Howard Rosenblatt - Austin, TX - Friend   February 13, 2019

What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful girl. Reminds us all of the gift of life, enjoying the little moments that are so special. God Bless you all and prayers for you!

Posted by Matt Daniel - Driftwood, TX - Friend   February 13, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts & Prayers.

Posted by Tod Slaton - Midland, TX - Friend   February 13, 2019

Melissa and Travis, please accept my heartfelt condolences. Thank you for the time i spent around Abigail, she touched alot of us.

Posted by Tony Pitifer - Lubbock, TX - Family Friend   February 12, 2019


We have a mutual friend, Amy Slack, who spoke about Abbey and the family often. We just wanted to say from hearing the stories, we know she was truly an angel to so many and touched many peoples lives. My prayers, thoughts and condolences are with you and your family. God bless you and may you find comfort in the arms of your loved ones .. The Thompson's

Posted by lisa thompson - Austin, TX - Acquaintance   February 12, 2019

Travis and Melissa, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your beautiful Abbey taught many of us at Children's Comprehensive Care how to celebrate life every moment with her sweet smile and cheerful spirit. I feel honored to have been a part of her and your team. Warm regards.

Posted by Kendall Sharp - Georgetown, TX - Friend   February 12, 2019

Travis, please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. What a beautiful child, and a wonderfully written tribute to her.
Know that you are in my thoughts.

Posted by Larry Hanrahan - Austin, TX   February 12, 2019


Abigail, thank you for showing us how to truly live. God be with you. Jack and Caroline Ragsdill, cousins

Posted by jack and caroline ragsdill - marble falls, TX - Family   February 11, 2019

My prayers for healing for you and your family. It was such a blessing to get to know you all and beautiful Abbey. She was such a bright light in this world. Much love, Sonja Bradley

Posted by Sonja Bradley - Dripping Springs, TX - Friend   February 11, 2019

Travis & Melissa,
I'm deeply sorry for your loss. I didn't get to meet Abby but I wish I had. She was a happy and beautiful girl. I can see she touched many hearts and is loved by all who knew her.
Our deepest sympathies,
Isaac, Roman, London & Bella Columbus
Jersey Village, TX.

Posted by Isaac Columbus - Houston, TX - Family   February 11, 2019

Dear Travis & Melissa: Abigail's story is beautiful, just as she was. Each time we saw her, she made us smile. May it bring you peace that she is surrounded by love and light, in a place where sadness cannot follow.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

John & Cassie

Posted by John & Cassie Davidson - Liberty Hill, TX   February 11, 2019

Melissa and Travis, Abbey touched so many lives as you are very much aware. She touched mine the very first time I met her and she smiled.her famous smile. My heart hurts for you and your family and will continue to be in my prayers. Rhea Fryar (Voight)

Posted by Rhea Fryar (Voight) - Cedar Park, TX - Family Friend   February 11, 2019

Dearest Melissa and Travis, Juan and I will always remember beautiful Abbey with her beautiful bows and her beautiful smile that lit up any room she was in, I can see her dancing with her daddy at Alex's wedding. We love you and are here for you.

Juan and Georgina Pulido
El Paso, TX

Posted by A friend   February 11, 2019

A great story of her life. Thank you for sharing! LuAnn

Posted by LuAnn Morgan - Midland, TX - Friend   February 11, 2019

We are so grateful to have known our beloved "Cousin Abbey." We will never forget the many fun times we had together. We are also very grateful for all the love, care and attention Melissa and Travis gave to Abbey. God Bless Abbey, Melissa, and Travis forever. With much Love.

Posted by Eli, Amy, Ean and Ivy Columbus - Dallas, TX - Family   February 11, 2019

My heart and prayers go out to you, Melissa and Travis, and your entire family. What a magnificent gift that Abbey was in all of our lives. Abbey taught so many of us at Children's Comprehensive Care so very much and helped shape our clinic and the care that we provide. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of Abbey's fairytale!

Posted by Kendall Sharp ksharp@ascension.org - Georgetown, TX - Friend   February 11, 2019

Thank you so very much for allowing me to meet such a beautiful Angel. Sending love and hugs to you, Melissa and Travis...

Posted by Susan Goss - Bradenton, FL - Family Friend   February 11, 2019

Abigail, thank you for teaching me what strength and love is. We will miss you, Lisa Vasquez APRN

Posted by Lisa Vasquez - Austin, TX   February 11, 2019

Abby touched so many lives, she will remembered and embraces. Sending your family love and support.

Posted by Shannon Mick - Pfl, TX   February 10, 2019

Beautiful Angel

Posted by Terri Kahla - Austin, TX - Friend   February 10, 2019

I never had the honor of meeting this sweet Angel, but indeed God knew what he was doing when he placed her with you. What takes most people years to aquire, Abbey did in 11. The amount of friends she made, all the love that she could ever want and ever need makes it clear on what a true blessing from God that she was then and still is now. While she was a blessing givin to you, she also was blessed to have such a wonderful family appointed to love and take care of her! No, i never knew her but can honestly say i adore her already. Gods peace and well wishes from my heart i pray for all of her family and many friends. And thank you for being that true blessing for Abbey..i truly believe she knew.

Posted by Angela O. - Mckinney, TX   February 10, 2019

Abbey was a delight and an amazing teacher (to me and so many of us at DCMC)! Sending you both love and prayers.

Posted by Toni Wakefield - Austin, TX - Friend   February 10, 2019

Sending your family love and peace during this time. Abbey will always be remembered by the many people who cared for her and were blessed by the joy that she brought with her smile.

Posted by Valerie MacLaurin - Austin, TX - Friend   February 10, 2019

Thank you for sharing your beautiful angel Abbey with all of us she was a true gift Prayers.

Posted by Chirsty Conner - Midland, TX - Friend   February 10, 2019

Abbey and her parents are a great inspiration! My deepest condolences to Melissa and her husband. May God continue to bless, guide and comfort you guys during such a difficult time. Love you guys so much!

Posted by Mabel Aranda - Midland, TX - Family   February 10, 2019

Abbey will never be forgotten by our Palliative Medicine team here at Dell Childrens. She taught all of us so much-- mostly through her beautiful little grin while putting up with the incessant poking and prodding! She truly captured all of our hearts. It has been a great honor to participate in a small way in the very beautiful journey that was Abbey's life, and to walk alongside her amazing parents who so lovingly carried her through it. Melissa and Travis, I send prayers of sympathy and comfort as you grieve her loss and celebrate her life.

Posted by Ann Marie Case - Austin, TX - Friend   February 10, 2019

We are so sorry.
Sending thoughts of peace and comfort to all of your family.
Much love,
Greg and Juliette Schwab (Robert Halpern's cousin)

Posted by Juliette Schwab - York, ME - Family   February 10, 2019

Losing a child hits close to home. Prayers and comfort to you and your family.

Posted by Lynette Fant - Austin, TX - Friend   February 10, 2019

Travis, very sad to read the news of your daughter. God bless you and your family. Prayers to all.

Posted by Tres Howand - Austin, TX - Coworker   February 10, 2019


My sympathy to all of Abbey's family in your loss of this precious girl. This is a beautiful obituary of one of God's angels, who is now with Him in Heaven. Prayers, thoughts & much love to all of Abbey's family.

Posted by Betty Pohler - McDade, TX - Friend   February 10, 2019

Abbey was a cherished student of the LTISD teachers and therapists who were lucky enough to work with her. We were always welcomed with open arms into her home. I will miss you so much, Abbey. Until we meet again. Much love to you both, Melissa and Travis.

Posted by Kathy Tyler - Austin, TX - Student   February 09, 2019

With deepest and sincerest sympathy from our family to yours. May you be comforted by God's loving embrace during this difficult time.

Posted by Sarah & Corbin (& Abby & Nina) McMillion - Cedar Park, TX - Friend   February 09, 2019


What a wonderful life Abbey had....and a loving home you gave her!
Never saw any of you without smiles on your faces!
Thinking of your family, Mari-Ann Alexander

Posted by Mari-Ann Alexander - Lakeway, TX - Family Friend   February 09, 2019

Such a beautiful tribute for such a beautiful little girl. Abbey was an angel here on Earth and it was an honor to get to take care of her during her lifetime. I will cherish the sweet memories I have of her...she always gave the best hugs!!! Thank you MelIssa & Travis for entrusting me to take care of her and allowing me to share in her life. She was a blessing to every person that knew her and loved her. My deepest sympathies to the entire Keller and Columbus family during this difficult time. Sending many thoughts and prayers, love, and hugs.

Posted by Sarah McMillion RN - Cedar Park, TX - Friend   February 09, 2019

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