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March 17, 1927 ~ October 6, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Earline Keeney, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on October 6, 2023 at the age of 96 years old.
Born Earline Crafton on March 17, 1927, in Van Buren, Missouri, she married her husband, Willard Keeney, on July 3, 1943. They moved to Oregon after he was discharged from the military, building their own house and maintaining a beautiful garden. They were a common sight at the local VFW and supported the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Most weeks you could find her at Pioneer United Methodist Church on Sunday and the Coquille Valley Bowling Center on league night.
Grannie showed her love to her family through food and companionship. She always had a homemade meal and a jigsaw puzzle to share with guests, and many remember her amazing pumpkin pies (made with love and a secret recipe). When relatives from Missouri came to call, Earline would take them camping to show them the beauty of her new home, and many Independence Days were celebrated together at Powers Park.
While she worked as a caregiver herself well into her 80s, during Earline’s final years she graciously allowed others to care for her. She spent time in her chair reading, playing solitaire, watching TV, and, most importantly, in the company of her family. She greeted everyone with a smile and continued to spread joy to those around her.
Earline was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Keeney Sr, and her children, Willard Keeney Jr and Barbara Grant. She is survived by 2 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held Friday, October 20, at 1 PM at Myrtle Crest Memorial Gardens; all are invited to come celebrate Earline’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Earline Keeney can be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital.