Keen nee Alexander, Mary Lou

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the American Cancer Society


Mary Louise Keen of Gainesville, TX, formerly St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Creve Coeur, MO on May 21, 2011 having reached the age of sixty-eight years, eleven months and fifteen days. Mary Lou was born in St. Clair, MO on June 6, 1942, daughter of Eldon Jesse Alexander and Ruth Margaret Alexander nee Martin. On May 29, 1959 she was united in marriage to Robert Dale “Bob” Keen, Sr. and five children came to bless this union.

Mary Lou is survived by her husband, Robert D. Keen Sr. of Gainesville, TX; by her children, Robert D. Keen, Jr. and companion, Christy Suiter, of Richwoods, MO, Cheryl Fields and husband, John, of Gainesville, Tiger Dierker and husband, Kenny, of Grubville, MO, Paul Keen and wife, Renee, of St. Clair and Timothy Keen of Gainesville; by her mother-in-law, Mary Keen Bell of St. Clair; by one brother Ronnie Alexander and wife, Carol, of St. Clair; and by her special sister-in-law, Zona Alexander of St. Clair; by thirteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Eldon and Ruth Alexander; by one brother, Chester Alexander; and one sister, Shirley Downey.

Mary Lou was a Christian of the Baptist faith, believing in the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.. There was nothing that brought more joy to her heart than caring for her family and her home and of course her white Schnauzer, “Missey”. Mary Lou was very computer savvy and loved playing video games and visiting with friends on Face Book. When her children were young she was a Girl Scout leader and den mother here in the St. Clair area. She was an Elvis fanatic and enjoyed collecting Elvis memorabilia. Sewing was her passion and she was proud of the new sewing machine Bob had gotten her. She enjoyed traveling and she and Bob created many wonderful memories together.

A kind and loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, aunt, great and great-great aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with the Rev. Fern Nye officiating. Interment was in Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union, MO. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.