Barbara E. Keech
1938 - 2019
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Barbara Elizabeth Keech, 80, of Poquoson, passed peacefully at her home to be with the Lord on April 7, 2019. She was born in Newport News, Virginia on June 22, 1938 to Ruby Rainey Keech and Therrell Thomas Keech.Barbara graduated high school from Warwick High in Newport News. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Longwood University, her Master of Science degree from Appalachian State University and her Certificate of Advanced Study from Old Dominion University.Barbara was an accomplished and respected educator. She began her career in teaching at Jefferson Davis Junior High in Hampton but was most known for her 23 years at Poquoson High School where she taught Government and World History. Many of those years she served as a Department Head.Many interests filled her time including boating, fishing, listening to music and gardening. Her college years saw a love of fast cars and she was known to make extra money playing card games. Barbara also was very interested in current affairs and passionate about politics.In addition to her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her sister, Sylvia Mazza, and her special friend, June Tharpe.She is survived and loved by her sister, Jean Nuttall (Donnie) of Poquoson; niece, Kathy Chambers (John) of Williamsburg; nephews, Kenny Lewis of York County, Tom Deans of Poquoson; and niece Amy Deans, also of Poquoson. Barbara also leaves numerous great nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, Nipper and Sadie.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Riverside Hospice or The Humane Society. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 17 from 6-7:30 PM at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home in Poquoson. Graveside services will be led by Reverend Kathy Gray Thursday, April 18 at 11 AM at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News. A reception celebrating her life will follow at 43 Rens Road in Poquoson. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com.

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Published in Daily Press on Apr. 14, 2019.
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Peninsula Memorial Park
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April 26, 2019
What a great friend and woman, she was my dear friend June very best friend and they were both kind and did for all that needed them, you are now where you have no pain.
Rest with the LORD!! Tell June I miss her!
Always your friend,
Terri
April 17, 2019
I went flounder fishing with cousin Barbara for the first time. She taught me how to play chess and a whole lot of other things! She was always such a great hostess and friend. What an interesting conversationalist. I will miss our talks on the phone since I now live 2 states away and will miss you! See you again one day! Love Rick Ashe
Rick Ashe
Family
April 16, 2019
We wish to extend our sincere condolences on your loss of Barbara. She was a very special woman cherished by all who knew her. There are many fond memories of the speed boat she spent so much of her leisure time on. She could rise to any challenge and loved people. Barbara, may you rest in peace as you join your other family members awaiting you.

Sincerely, Jo Anne Hazelwood Lane and Family
Jo Lane
April 15, 2019
So sad to hear of your passing, Ms. Keech. You were also one of my favorite teachers, in addition to just being a really nice person. You will be missed. Bless you!
Melissa Rohrer
April 15, 2019
An amazing woman! Independent and fierce with an endless love for family and friends! Her laugh was contagious! My favorite memories were family get togethers and crabbing off her pier! Rest In Peace Barbara! I love you! Kim Ashe
Kim Ashe
April 15, 2019
RIP Miss Keech. You will never be forgotten by me as I will always remember you as my favorite teacher I had in all my school years. You have made you last trip now and your family and friends were there to welcome you home. Heaven has another Angel.
Catherine Gwaltney/Wendland
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