Ruby Keeton

Published 9:07 am Wednesday, June 15, 2011

MULBERRY, Fla. — Ruby I. Keeton, 92, of Mulberry, formerly of Ashland, Ky., passed away June 12, 2011, at The Good Shepherd Hospice House in Auburndale, Fla. The Ashtabula native was born Jan. 20,1919, the daughter of the late King and Cora Abrams. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Luther Eugene (Obie) Keeton, Sr., son Luther Eugene (Sonny) Keeton II, sisters, Ada and Edith and brothers, Howard and Russell.

Mrs. Keeton attended the Lucerne Baptist Church in Winter Haven, Fla., and retired from King’s Daughters Medical Center.

She is survived by a sister, Catherine Lauer of Connecticut; two loving sons, Milton Curtis Keeton of Tampa, Fla. and Russ Keeton of Mulberry; five grandchildren, Lynnette, Jimmy and Cathy Keeton of Florida, Michael Jon and Luther Eugene (Genie) Keeton of New York; two daughters-in-law, Patricia of Lakeland, Fla., and Diane of Brooklyn, N.Y.; five great grandchildren of Florida and New York ; several nieces and nephews; and a whole lot of friends who will miss her.

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Funeral services will be noon Friday at Hayes-Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Danny Pancake officiating. Burial will follow at the Highlands Memorial Gardens in South Point. Family will be receiving friends 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

“I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an after glow of smiles when my day is come to end and I’m finally gone. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve to be dried before the sun. I’d like happy memories to be left before the day is done.”

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