Dorothy Keene, age 77 of Butler, Missouri died Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the home of her daughter Becki and fiance Alva in Ballard, Missouri. She was born February 9, 1942 to Virgil William and Georgia Lucille Freeman Neill in Oakland, California.
Dorothy, one of two children, grew up in Hennessey, Oklahoma. On March 8, 1957 she was united in marriage to Bob Keene, Sr. and to this union three children were born. Most of Dorothy’s life was that of a homemaker, caring for her children. However, she did work for Matco, Dollar General and Ward Paper Box. She lived briefly in Ulysses, Kansas, Beaver, Oklahoma and Bentonville, Arkansas and has resided in Butler for 55 years. Dorothy volunteered for the Bates County Memorial Hospital until very recently when her health no longer allowed. She attended the Double Branch Christian Church.
Dorothy enjoyed visiting with family and friends, singing, camping, boating and shopping for pretty clothes and jewelry. Her favorite instrument was the organ. Dorothy loved spending time with her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
Dorothy is survived by a son, Bobby E. Keene Jr and fiance’ Gay Bedwell of Butler, Missouri; two daughters, Becki Smith and fiance’ Alva Thornhill of Ballard, Missouri and Susan Miller and husband Chat of Harrisonville, Missouri; a sister-inlaw, Joyce Boydston and husband Tom of Oilton, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Mylissa Jennings and husband Jasen, Josh Smith and wife Lari, Shane McCoun and wife Nicole, Tiffany Morris and husband Daniel, Justin Keene and wife Anna and Amanda Baker and husband Jess; and 16 great-grandchildren, Mallory, Layne, Hudson, Trigg, Teagan, Trista, Paisley, Seth, Georgia, Ryder, Preslee, Henlee, Marlee, Enzlee, Jayce and Harlyn. Dorothy was preceded in death by her father, Virgil William Neill; mother, Georgia Lucille Yardley; husband, Bob Keene Sr; one brother, Delmar Neill; motherin-law, Grace Keene; father-in-law, Monte Keene; brother-in-law, Monte James Keene; and two nephews, Eddie Darrell Keene and Steve Keene.
Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Heartland Hospice. Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.