Shirley Jane (Stuart) Keister, of Bedford VA, passed away on July 3, 2022 peacefully at home.  She was born on March 12, 1935 in Blacksburg VA, a daughter of the late Armour and Laura Stuart of Blacksburg VA. Shirley was a retired teacher with 45 years teaching experience, 35 years of those years were with Bedford County Public Schools. She is survived by two sons, Stuart Keister and his wife Carol of Goldsboro, NC, Hampton Keister of Bedford, VA; a grandson, James Charles “J.C.” Keister and his wife Amanda; great-grandson, James Cameron Keister; niece, Mary Jane Wilkerson and her husband E.T.; nephew, Richard Belcher and his wife Jami; great-nephew, Matt Wilkerson and his wife Hope and their son, Logan; great-niece, Jackie Belcher Kline and husband Derick; great-nephew, Eric Belcher; great-niece, Kayla Belcher; and special cherished friends, Steve, Monic, Isaiah and Georgia Campbell and Blanton and Megan Bryant. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be sent to American Cancer Society or charity of choice. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.