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Elsie Marie McKeown

January 1, 1920 January 16, 2014
Elsie Marie McKeown
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Obituary for Elsie Marie McKeown

Elsie Marie McKeown, 94, of Curwensville, passed away early morning January 16, 2014 at her residence.
 
Born January 1, 1920 in Curwensville, she was the daughter of Clair E. and Helen E. (Anderson) Williams.  Mrs. McKeown was a homemaker, had worked for the former Clearfield Cheese for 25 years, volunteered for the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging in the Meals on Wheels Program, and also volunteered with the American Red Cross  Clearfield County Chapter for many years.
 
She was a lifelong member of the Curwensville United Methodist Church where she participated in W.S.C.S., the church choir, was treasurer for many years, was part of the kitchen workers for many years, and was a part of the annual “Search for Peace” pageant.
 
On September 23, 1939 at St. Timothy Church in Curwensville, she wed James R. McKeown who preceded her in death in 1989.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter Joyce Irene McKeown, a brother Norris A. Williams, 2 sisters Edith Mae Pentz and Florence Pauline Fetzer, 2 sons-in-law James S. Gillen and James A. Clark, a great great granddaughter Skylar, and a nephew Robert C. Williams.  She was the last member of her generation.
 
Surviving are 3 daughters Helen Ann Gillen of Clearfield, Ruth Ellen Graham of Harrisburg and Mary Jane Clark of Curwensville,  Also surviving are 10 grandchildren: Bertha “Penny” Bloom, James R. Gillen, Virginia L. Guiher and significant other Dave, Mary Ellen Guiher and husband Frank, Sylvia Lansberry and significant other Matt, Susan M. Wills and husband Russ, David R, Graham and wife Cindy, Craig S. Graham, Christine J. Zeigler and husband Bradley, and Bryan J. Clark and wife Cheryl.
 
In addition there are 20 great grandchildren and 33 great great grandchildren also surviving.
 
At the request of Mrs. McKeown there will be no public visitation and a Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date.  Interment will be in the Crown Crest Memorial Park in Hyde, PA.
 
The family suggests contributions be made to either the Curwensville United Methodist Church 602 State Street Curwensville, PA 16833 or the Charity of the Donor’s Choice.
 
The Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home, Inc. of Curwensville is in charge of the arrangements.

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