Jean Marie Keogh (1944 - 2009)

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Jean Marie Keogh died Feb. 23, 2009, in Denver, Colo., after a valiant fight with cancer. Jean was born Aug. 12, 1944, to Walter and Florence Keogh in Bismarck, N.D. When Jean was 3, she moved with her parents to Nye when her father purchased a ranch on the Stillwater River.

Jean, the eldest of six children, attended a one-room school house at Nye through the eighth grade. At age 12, she began attending school in Missoula and graduated from Rosary Catholic High School in Bozeman the spring of 1962. While attending Montana State College (MSU), she met Ken LeClair on a blind date. They married in November of 1963 and had three children, Michelle, Chere and Jacqueline. After Jean and Ken divorced, Jean and her daughters moved to Missoula, with her husband, Mark Holtan. In 1983, Jean moved to Summit County, Colo., with her partner Ron Carter.

Jean and Ron ran Mountain View Properties in Summit County, Colo., for several years. Jean and Ron were avid skiers, typically traveling to Europe every winter on a ski vacation. Most springs, they would head to warmer climates to pursue another mutual passion, scuba diving. Shortly after Ron's death in the summer of 2000, Jean sold her business and moved to Denver. She continued to travel extensively with trips to such places as Europe and China.

Jean was preceded in death by her partner, Ron Carter; her father, Walter Keogh; and her brother, James Keogh. Jean is survived by her three children, Michelle LeClair (husband Bob Voke and daughter Rachael) of Richland, Wash., Chere LeClair (husband Bob Harvey) of Bozeman, and Jackie LeClair (husband Kevin Miller) of Bozeman; sister, Karen Keogh (husband Bob Rude) of Olympia, Wash.; brother, Miles Keogh of Oklahoma City, Okla.; brother, Noel Keogh (wife Penny Keogh) of Nye; sister, Nadine Keogh of Nye; and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate Jean's life at the Beall Park Recreation Center located at 415 N. Bozeman Ave., in Bozeman, at 2 p.m., April 4.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Denver Hospice, 501 S. Cherry St., Denver, Colo., 80246-1234 in care of the Jean Keogh Memorial.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 8, 2009
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