December 19, 1942 - July 01, 2012
Funeral service: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 2 p.m. in Salem United Baptist Church
Calling: Thursday, July 5, 2012 after 4 p.m. in the church. Evening service at 6 p.m.
Lucille Keene, 69, of Rome City died Sunday, July 1, 2012, at 10:55 p.m. in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
She moved this area 50 years ago from West Virginia where she was raised.
She was a homemaker.
She was born December 19, 1942, in Blackey, Virginia, to Chapel and Mary (Mounts) Blankenship.
She is survived by her companion of 42 years, John C. Cole; two sons, Bernard “Lee” Keen of Ashley and Johnny (Heather) Cole of Wawaka; four daughters, Belva Elliott of Staten Island, New York, Thelma Lester of Bartley, West Virginia, Shirley (Johnny) Gibson of Illinois, and Malinda Mathieu of Waterloo; a step daughter, Darlene Hatfield of Bluefield, West Virginia; 20 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father; her mother; her stepfather, Charlie Matney; her husband, Bernice Keene; three grandchildren, Bernice Keene, Curtis Keene, and Michael Keene; and two brothers, Albert Matney and Ulys Matney.
Funeral services will be Friday, July 6, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the Salem United Baptist Church with Pastor Billy Tuttle officiating. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery, Rome City.
Calling is Thursday, July 5, 2012, after 4 p.m. in the church where there will be an evening service at 6 p.m.
Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the family.
View a video tribute after Thursday or send condolences to the family at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com
To all of Lucille's family and friends, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. God bless each of you. May you find peace and comfort in knowing she is with her Lord and Saviour and in all the wonderful memories she has left you all.
To Johnny and family-Jerry and I send our heart-felt condolences, and we want you to know that we are praying for y'all. Lucille used to babysit for me, and Danny loved going to her. Danny wants to send his condolences, as well. He has many fond memories of being with Lucille. She's in Jesus' arms now-I just pray that her leaving will cause you all to think about your own salvation. God bless you, Johnny, and tell your Dad that we are thinking of him.
My deepest sympathy goes out to you all. I loved her very much. She was such a special lady. Always made me feel welcome when I came to visit. Love to all. God Bless.
Johnny Sorry about your loss
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY.IT IS SO SAD WHEN WE LOSE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN A PART OF OUR LIVES FOR SO MANY YEARS. NO WORDS CAN EXPRESS WHAT YOU FEEL.BUT KNOW THEY WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US, A WORD, A SOUND A MEMORY THAT MADE THEM WHO THEY WERE, THIS IS MEMORIES WE WILL HAVE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER, GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY.ULISE AND BJ