Betty L. Keehner 1943-2020

YOUNGSTOWN — Betty Lou Keehner, 77, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at the Inn at Christine Valley.

Betty was born in Youngstown, Aug. 1, 1943, the daughter of James R. and Gwendolyn Lennous Goist. She graduated from South High School in 1961.

On Oct. 12, 1963, she married John Edward Keehner at St. Patrick Church in Youngstown. Betty became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991 and belonged first to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Austintown before joining the Cathedral Parish of St. Columba in 2005. The last four years, during her residence at the Inn, she attended St. Christine Parish in Youngstown.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Carol Hicks of Austintown; three sons, Gerald (Ruth) of Bowie, Md., the Rev. John of North Canton and Richard of Austintown; brother, Gerald (Debbie) Goist of Austintown; grandson, James Hicks of Manassas, Va.; granddaughters, Catherine and Cecilia Keehner of Bowie, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John, who died Jan. 31, 2001; infant son, Michael, who died in November 1967; son-in-law, James Hicks; and brother, James Goist.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at St. Christine Church, 3165 S. Schenley Ave., Youngstown. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Inn at Christine Valley for their loving care for Betty for these past four years.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Christine Parish Capital Campaign in Betty’s memory.

Due to our current health crisis we are asking everyone in attendance to please wear a mask or face covering and to maintain all social-distancing guidelines mandated by the governor (6-foot rule and no lingering), thank you.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Edward J. Fox and Sons Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman. Family and friends may visit www.foxfunera lhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences to the Keehner family.

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