On Jan. 1, 2018, in the comfort of our home, our family embraced Keely Scherzinger, age 23, for the final time. After a courageous 16-month battle with cancer, she quietly passed into the hands of the Heavenly Father.
Keely Scherzinger was born April 9, 1994, in Salem, to Bruce and Kim Scherzinger. Bruce is employed with the State of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality, and Kim is a full-time homemaker, and was Keely’s devoted caregiver during the course of her illness. Keely lived and was raised with her brothers in Monmouth. She was home-schooled during the elementary years, attended La Creole Middle School and later Dallas High School, graduating in 2013.
She worked for Safeway in West Salem, and then went to work for Momiji Sushi Restaurant in Monmouth. She wanted to become a Massage Therapist, because she enjoyed helping others, so enrolled and attended the program at Oregon School of Massage in Salem.
Keely was an active member of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Venturing program, obtaining her GS Gold Award in 2013.
She spent two summers working at a scout camp helping younger scouts and sharing her love of the outdoors.
Her personal interest were wide-ranging that included ballet and the arts, anything outdoors, and traveling. Dressing up in heels or dressing down in hiking boots, she was always enthusiastic in everything she did and took great joy to include others on her adventures.
Keely was a loving, kind and caring young lady who always put others first. Her beautiful smile and soft voice would put anyone at ease and win them over instantly.
Keely is survived by her parents, Bruce and Kim; brother Alex (wife, Ivy), of Elizabeth City, N.C., brother Mac, of Monmouth; niece Siobhan, of Richland, Wash.; and grandfather Allen Stifter, of Isanti, Minn. She also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
We will all miss her smile and sweet nature. She joins those who went before, her older brother Christopher, grandparents Regina and Leo Scherzinger, and grandmother Ann Stifter.
A celebration of life will be held for Keely in February. For more information about Keely’s celebration of life, contact Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center or the Scherzinger family directly.
Memorial contributions can be made in Keely’s name to Saint Anne’s Altar Society or to Keely’s Gofundme account. To leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.dallastribute.com.