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Martha B. Keeney, 96

Martha B. Keeney, age 96, of Hastings, formerly of Manly, Iowa, died Feb. 8, at her residence, surrounded by her children.

Martha was born Feb. 19, 1917, in Manly, Iowa, to Frank and Mary (Cinkle) Kamish. She attended Manly schools and married Don T. "Bud" Keeney, on April 16, 1938, in her home town. Martha's love and joy was taking care of her family and staying involved with activities shared with her husband. She and Don loved to travel, and for several years, they enjoyed wintering in California, and Florida, taking various cruises, or visiting family in Germany, and England.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Don; and all of her sisters and brothers.

Martha is survived by her three children: Don (Carolyn) Keeney of Bettendorf, Iowa, Elizabeth (Jeff) Coon, and Jacalyn Helcl, all of Hastings; six grandchildren: Melinda (Kenny) Langston, David (Angela) Keeney, Christopher Coon, Ann (Jonathan) Grafft, Barbara (Wes) Parker, and John (Billie Jo) Helcl, II; nine great-grandchildren: Meghan Keeney, Colton Langston, Elisabeth Grafft, Quentin Langston, Lauren Keeney, Aidan Grafft, Ian Keeney, Owen Parker, and Jack Helcl.

The funeral service, officiated by Gordon Gathright, will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 E. 7th St., Hastings, with visitation held at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, and one hour prior to the Friday service. Interment will follow in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Martha's six grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials to donor's choice.

Arrangements made with Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings. 651-437-9419.

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