Kristen Keener, 56, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 16 due to complications of a heart attack. She was born in Denver, Colorado on December 21, 1956, and grew up in Swannanoa, North Carolina, where she was a 1975 honor graduate of Charles D. Owen High School. She attended Hollins College in Roanoke, VA, majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in French. She spent her junior year studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and successfully passed le deuxième degré examination in the French language. She graduated from Hollins magna cum laude in 1979 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After teaching second grade in Virginia, she worked at Michelin Tire Company in Greenville for 31 years, performing several jobs including technical translator, and bilingual administrative assistant.
Kristen was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville, where she served as Elder, Clerk of the Session, senior high youth leader, member of the Stephen ministry, and member of the choir. She also sang with the Greenville Civic Chorale for 30 years, and was a member of P.E.O. International and Toastmasters International.
Kristen is remembered for her smile, her laughter, and her genuine love of other people. She was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She cared lovingly for her parents in their later years, and was especially devoted to her father after the passing of her mother and during his illness. She served the Lord faithfully through her love of music and singing, care of children, and service in church and community ministries.
Kristen is survived by her father, Robert P. Keener, brother Stephen Keener (Tonya), niece Margaret and nephew Andrew. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jo Anne Keener in October of 2012.
A memorial service worshipping God and celebrating her wonderful life will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville Friday, August 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, P.E.O. International, or the Greenville Civic Chorale.