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Accident victim had passion for music, deep love for God

By Patrice Stewart
pstewart@decaturdaily.com · 340-2446

Recordings of “How Good Is God” and other songs by Barbara Keel probably were in her minivan when she died.

The Decatur Daily featured Keel in 2003 because she became a mother in her 50s when she and her husband adopted two children from Russia.

Thursday morning, Keel came to The Daily to be photographed with compact discs of her songs. She had carefully scheduled the day and time around school drop-off and pickup, as well as Upward Basketball for Justin, 6, and gymnastics class for Heather, who will soon be 7.

Keel, who grew up on a farm near Brewer High, also was making visits to her ill father in Guntersville.

She wrote and sang “How Good Is God” the year after she became a mother, much later than most women become mothers.

On Thursday, she gave The Daily a copy of the CD she recorded in November, “The Compassion of Christ.”

It includes six songs she wrote, including “Just Trust Him,” “When I Consider Your Heavens,” “I Will Praise You, O Lord” and “Prepared as a Bride.” She based two on the book of Psalms and one on Revelation.

Keel said the CD also had “two hymns I love and two others that are my favorite songs to sing.”

A choir member at East Highland Baptist Church in Hartselle, she was a frequent soloist there and sang at other churches, too.

“My husband, Jim, is very supportive of my songwriting and my dream of becoming a recording artist,” she said.

Keel was pleased because a Nashville company put her single “When I Consider Your Heavens” on a CD with other budding artists to be sent to inspirational radio stations around the country.

She excitedly showed a page she had just received from the February issue of PowerSource Music magazine in Nashville, which featured that song with her photo and information.

“Barbara recalls singing melodies to songs before she could talk. She memorized hymns in church before she could read,” it said. “Her passion for music and a deep love for God have given her the strength to get through everyday life.

“Barbara’s prayer is for people to come to salvation through her music.

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