Helen Ann Keeton, nee Bebermeyer, 67, Springfield, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at her home.|
Helen, daughter of Herbert Bebermeyer and wife Ella, nee Borcherding, was born March 20, 1947, in Washington. Helen was a member of St. John's Chapel United Church of Christ. She served on various boards and committees. She enjoyed working at Vacation Bible School, the annual sausage supper, and Crosslines, among many other activities. Helen grew up on a farm in Clover Bottom. She graduated from Washington High School, where she was a fine volleyball player. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she met Don. They graduated in 1969, and moved to Springfield to begin their teaching careers. She married Don Nov. 28, 1969. After four years of teaching, she decided not to pursue teaching as a career. She worked at Oven Door Baking and Catering. When Helen and Don adopted Christopher in 1978, she became a stay-at-home mom. Christopher was 3 weeks old when he arrived. Later, she worked, until she retired, at Country Side Cottage.
Christopher is engaged to Christie Van Drie, who has a son, Parker. He instantly brought joy, as a grandchild, to Helen. Parker, who is 3 and a half years old, called Helen "Honey," and enjoyed visiting with "Honey."
Helen enjoyed walking at the Nature Center with Don. She and Don also enjoyed traveling, and took many wonderful trips. An Amtrak trip to Washington, D.C., and an Alaskan cruise were especially exciting. The recent trip to Eugene, Ore., to the 2012 Olympic track and field trials was thrilling. With Don being a track coach, they made many trips to track and field events.
Helen is survived by her husband, Don LeRoy Keeton; one son, Christopher Douglas Keeton; Christopher's fiancee, Christie, and her son, Parker; mother, Ella Bebermeyer; one brother, Ken Bebermeyer and wife, Annette, and their daughters, Carrie and Nannette (Josh) Bell, and their two children Fiona Bell and Lachlan Bell; nieces; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Herbert Bebermeyer.
Helen was cremated. A memorial visitation will be held at St. John's Chapel U.C.C., Springfield, Thursday, July 31, from 10 to 11 a.m.
A memorial service will follow the visitation at the chapel, beginning at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Jason Mott Foundation or St. John's Chapel U.C.C.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Walnut Lawn Funeral Home, Ltd.-DeGraffenreid-Wood-Crematory, Springfield.
Published in The Missourian from July 30 to Aug. 2, 2014