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FRANCES PEARL (GULLEDGE) KEATING


1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
FRANCES PEARL (GULLEDGE) KEATING Obituary
FRANCES PEARL (GULLEDGE) KEATING Frances Pearl (Gulledge) Keating, 91, passed away on April 29, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 18, 1922 in Plainview, Texas, and grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. While attending the University of Texas she was introduced to and married Joseph Patrick with whom she had nine children. As she followed her husband's career, Frances exhibited her excellent project management and problem solving skills while managing over 30 moves within the U.S., Europe and the Orient. She had her own career working for H&R Block for over 25 years as a tax preparer, then district manager and a software tester. After moving to Kansas City in 1991, she joined Central Presbyterian Church where she served her church in many leadership roles and was instrumental in the church's decision to declare its participation in the More Light Presbyterian program. Frances loved playing bridge, reading, acting with the Senior Barn Players, oil painting, gardening, travel and visiting National Parks. She always had a smile and a direct word when warranted. She said she was a lucky person in that she lived three lives; a wife and mother, a successful business woman, and a complete individual living on her own terms. She is preceded in death by her husband Joseph Patrick, her parents Oscar Zandt Emma Pearl Gulledge, and her brother Robert Reams. She is survived by her nine children, Dennis, Deborah, Rebekah, Pamela, Sean, Lawson, Christopher, Jennifer and Melissa, and her sister Jean McGarrity. She also leaves 10 grand children and 6 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be at Central Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donation be made to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 LaCrosse Avenue, Austin, Texas, 78739; www.wildflower.org.
Published in Kansas City Star on May 1, 2014
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