Jennie D. Mansfield
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Jennie D. Mansfield

Knoxville, TN

Jennie D. Keeling Mansfield, died Tuesday, March 29, after a brief illness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marguerite McClure and Dr. J. H. Keeling; and her brother, Dr. William McClure Keeling. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Randolph Mansfield; and their children, Keeling Christiansen and husband Jeff of Memphis, Laura Mansfield of Knoxville, and Randolph Mansfield, Jr. and wife Sara of Jacksonville, FL; their grandchildren, Charles Christiansen and wife Hannah of Memphis, Jeffery Christiansen of Memphis, Mac Bower of Knoxville, and Morgan Mansfield of Birmingham, AL.

A Knoxville native, Jennie D. lived on Temple Avenue, where UT's McClung Tower now stands, before moving to Sequoyah Hills. She attended Staub School, built on property donated by her grandfather W.K. McClure. She grew up in the shadow of Neyland Stadium and was an avid UT football fan. She and her brother Billy took great pleasure in recounting their Uncle Bill McClure's exploits as a Vol from 1912-1915. They vividly remembered their Uncle Bob McClure, 1929 Head Football Manager, clattering down the stairs at Temple Avenue, racing to get to the stadium on time. Jennie D. attended Tyson Junior High and graduated from Knoxville High School. She attended Sweet Briar College and received her bachelor's and master's degrees in English Literature from the University of Tennessee, where she was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity. She was also a member of Girls' Cotillion, Junior League of Knoxville, the James White Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Jennie D. was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church. Her faith was steadfast. Raised to give back to her community, Jennie D. was an active volunteer for years at Children's Hospital, UT Medical Center, the Knoxville Zoo and the Dulin Gallery of Art, forerunner to the Knoxville Museum of Art. Jennie D. loved language, particularly poetry and pursued literary interests throughout her life. In her younger days, she played golf and tennis and loved to dance, having met her husband on the dance floor. She was an avid bridge player with a sharp mind for cards until the very end. Crosswords were a daily passion, as was ice cream. Jennie D. will be remembered by those who knew and loved her as a private person, forthright and fiercely devoted to her friends and family. The family wishes to thank Dr. Punam Bhandari for her extraordinary care and compassion.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM Friday at Highland Memorial Cemetery with The Reverend Dr. William Pender officiating. Online condolences at The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Mar. 30 to Apr. 1, 2016.
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