Charlotte May Hancock

Charlotte May Hancock, 94, passed away on April 4, 2019.

She was born Dec. 4, 1924, to Arthur and Mignon Soderblom in Pine Bush, N.Y., she was the fifth among seven children.

Her younger years were mainly spent in New York working as a bookkeeper. In 1951, she married Donald Keller. Together, they created what became a thriving business known as Maples Farm and Garden Center.

In 1971, she moved to California, specifically Yucaipa, where she resided until her death. Shortly after her move to California, she joined and remained a faithful member of the Calimesa Seventh-day Adventist Church.

In 1991 she married John Henry Hancock, ordained minister, youth leader and founder of the world church youth organization known as the Pathfinders (a similar organization to the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts of America). John and Charlotte lived together in Yucaipa until his death.

Charlotte’s nickname was “Lollie.” So many people loved her, a person always with a smile, very giving, hospitable and congenial that everyone loved being around. She was committed to God, her family, church and church family.

Her husband, Donald Keller, siblings Russell Soderblom, Dorothy Block, Ethel Detch, Grace Riley and David Soderblom, predeceased her.

She is survived by her two children, Lori Brown and Daniel Keller both of Middletown, N.Y., five grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren and her brother Dr. Robert Soderblom who resides in Yucaipa.

Her memorial service will be held at the Calimesa Seventh-day Adventist Church on May 18, at 4 p.m. Her internment will be held at the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Redlands on May 17.