Mary Keaffaber, 96

Mary Elizabeth Keaffaber, 96, of rural Wabash, died at 4:35 pm, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Wellbrooke of Wabash.  She was born Jan. 22, 1921, in Converse, to John Cleaveland and Pearl Agness (Hayes) Pettit.

Mary was a 1939 graduate of Wabash High School.  She married Richard William Keaffaber in Wabash, on June 8, 1940; he died Nov. 20, 2003.  She worked at Honeywell/Markhon retiring after 30 years. Mary was a member of Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, member and past president of Honeybelles, national and local chapters of A.A.R.P., Senior Citizens of Wabash County, Busy Bees Home Economics Club, the World Organization of China Painters and the Kokomo China Painters.

She is survived by three children Susie (Ron) Hawkins of Lagro, David W. (Melinda) Keaffaber of Wabash, and Jean (Steve) Turpin of Marshall, Ill.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Robert Gene Pettit, Donald C. Pettit, and Jack Pettit.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with David Stokes officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Visitation was Monday, at the funeral home.

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Posted on 2017 Dec 05