Ada M. McKeen
1926 - 2021

Ada M. McKeen

Ada M. McKeen, age 95, of Billings passed peacefully into the arms Jesus, on Wednesday Feb. 17, 2021. We would like to thank the staff of Parkview Care Center for taking care of her when the family could not.

She was born Jan. 18, 1926, in Roundup, MT, daughter of John and Mary Neumann Jones. The youngest of 15 children and was the living child.

She was raised in Roundup, MT and married to Gilbert Glen 'Gil' McKeen on Dec. 25, 1946, in Roundup. They made their home in Roundup and operated a second-hand store, a taxi service and mail route and freight line from Roundup to Billings. In 1955 they moved to Billings where they farmed and operated Mac's Quick Lunch Café.

Ada loved cooking, gardening, sewing and quilting. She ran in the Billings Women's Run from age 69 until she was 91 years of age. She was always very energetic and full of life. Ada did not mince words, she was an inspiration to many, competitive, very determined and was a devout Christian.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gil in 1993, by three grandsons and one great-grandson. She is survived by three sons, David (Savina), Paul (Pam), Walter (Janice); two daughters, Cynthia Janzen and Dolores King; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at Mountview Cemetery in Billings. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Smith Downtown Chapel, 925 S 27th Street. A memorial service will be held later in the spring.

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Published by Billings Gazette on Feb. 19, 2021.
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Smith Funeral Chapels - Downtown
925 South 27th Street, Billings, MT 59101
Graveside service
Mountview Cemetery
, Billings, Montana
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Ada was one of those, One of a Kind, people. So loving, caring and said it like it is! Ada was one of our Elder adults we respected and loved at Hawthorne Church.
Dianne Kaufman
February 22, 2021
Gramma Ada you were an inspiration! Worked hard, hones (no one could be more honest) and a great role model of how to do your best at anything you attempted! I remember going to garage sales with you and I finally laughed so hard I gave up! Left in the dust! I had not had the chance to come and visit with you and bring you the updates of grandchild pics...sadly, life passes us by when we are not paying attention.... Thank you for being who you were in life! You will and have been missed in our lives!
Juanita Ross
February 22, 2021
I was sad to see Ada passed but know she is walking with Jesus. I always enjoyed Ada. We had a hilarious time one Halloween at Hawthorne Church. The Fischer kids had made the basement into a dark fun house. We went through together While walking in the dark on bed springs we just lost it and could not stop laughing. I will always remember that, She was such fun. My sympathy to all the family.
Sandra Hert
February 21, 2021
Just read of Ada's passing. I'm Arnie Reiter's ex wife and have stayed in touch with the Chuck McKeen family. Have seen Ada over the years here and there and was so proud of her doing her running...even up to a few years ago. I do remember family meals long ago with Ada and Gil joing the big family. I'm sure I've met some of you... Well, it's good she wasn't ill long and that she is now with Jesus...even though it is sure hard to lose a parent. May the Lord comfort you and may your memories stay with you always. ~Deb
Debra (Reiter) Dusenbury
February 20, 2021
My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories and Gods promise to return our loved ones . 1st Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .
February 20, 2021
My condolences to her family. My dad, Jim O'Brian worked for Gil and his wife delivering mail to Ingamar, Forsyth and Roundup. When we were little, we would go to their home to visit. We grew up with their children. I often remember going on the truck with my dad and fishing on his layovers. My fondest memories. God bless the McKeens. Fond memories.
Teresa A Cox
February 19, 2021
Ada was my Mother, Frances Craig's best friend for many years. My Mother has been gone over 10 years. They are now swapping recipes in heaven.
Becky Spencer
February 19, 2021