JO ANNE WILLIAMS KEENER
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ASHEVILLE - The memorial service for Jo Anne Williams Keener, 83, wife for sixty years of Robert P. Keener, will be at the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and College Chapel (WWPC & CC) December 15 at 2:00 p.m. (Music begins at 1:30.) Jo Anne died October 12 after an extended illness. Born in Norton, KS, she was the daughter of Joe M. and Marian (Hulsizer) Williams. She attended public schools in Lawrence, KS, and Louisville and Elizabethtown, KY. She received a Bachlor of Music Education degree from Millikin U., Decatur, IL, and an MS degree from the U. of Colorado, Boulder. She taught music in Rockford and Bloomington, IL. In 1964, she moved with her family to Swannanoa where they became part of the Warren Wilson College (WWC) community. She is survived by her husband; son, Stephen (Tonya) Keener of Charlotte; daughter, Kristen Keener of Greer, SC; grandchildren, Andrew Keener of Chicago, IL and Margaret Keener of Charlotte. Also, brother, Joe M. (Janet) Williams of Albuquerque, NM; brothers-in-law, R. Gene Keener of Millersville, MD, David O. (Catherine) Keener of Jacksonville, FL; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, an uncle, and many friends.
Jo Anne was active in several organizations during her nearly 50 years in the Asheville area. In addition to membership at WWPC & CC, she was a charter member of Chapter M-PEO, a founding member of the Asheville Choral Society (ACS) and the Asheville Area Piano Forum (AAPF). She operated Do-Mi-Sol Studio in their home and taught piano to many students in the valley. She is remembered as being a kind, loving, encouraging, yet challenging and demanding piano teacher whose love for music and her students was a high priority in her life. She loved traveling and was part of ACS's concert tours to Europe on a number of occasions. A devout Christian, she was always concerned about the welfare of others, especially her family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Robert P. and Jo Anne Keener Music Scholarship Fund at WWC, WWPC & CC, ACS, Chapter M-PEO, AAPF. or a
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Dec. 9, 2012