Dec. 7, 2012
Patricia Helen Kelley Keating, entered into eternal rest on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the Manila Nursing Home in Manila, Ark.
She was born May 23, 1937, in Pittston Township to the late Dr. Gene and Helen Kelley. She preferred to be called Tia or Tia-Nana.
Tia graduated from Marywood College in 1969, and in 1976 while raising four young boys, completed her master's degree in Library Science. Although Tia was raised in an Irish Catholic family, she later converted her faith and became Jewish. Tia was considered to be the family historian and story teller, and has many journals and photos that will be shared, treasured and passed on for generations.
Tia was a retired librarian, an avid reader, an accomplished pianist and loved to sing. Tia also loved arts and crafts, gardening and animals, especially cats. She loved her family and friends. She had so many friends from all over the country and every walk of life. Tia was a very interesting person, with a wonderful sense of humor. She had a great heart and will be never forgotten.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her youngest son, Tim, and her brother, Gene.
She is survived by three sons, Tom Keating and wife Velna, Matt Keating and wife Valerie, and Gene Keating; her sisters: Mame and Annie; and her grandchildren, Holly, Carah, Adam and Brandon.
The family has requested private services and disposition under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila, Ark. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any memorials be made to the Manila Public Library.