Elizabeth “Sue” Keaton

69, Waynesville

Suzanne Elizabeth Keaton “Sue”, age 69, of Waynesville MO, passed away on Friday, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, MO, May 2, 2014. She was preceded in death by her father, Lester Theodore Nelson, and Ella Jane West.

Surviving are her husband of 44 years Command Sergent Major, Curtis, United States Army Retired; son, Carmen and daughter-in-law Vonshel of St. Roberts, MO; brothers, Ronald of Shirley, MA; Lester and sister-in-law Beverly of Virginia Beach, VA; Alonzo and Jeffery of Springfield, MO; and sister, Cynthia and brother-in-law Aaron of Springfield, MO; great grandchildren Tiquez, Tirek Jr; Tyana of Waynesville, MO; sisters-in-law, Ora of Cleveland, MS and Lula of Renova, MS; brother and sister-in-law, Calvin and Darlene of Indianapolis, IN; mother-in-law, Lula of Milwaukee, WS; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, family and friends all of whom are special in her heart.

Sue was always active in the military community working in the dining facility as a military spouse while her husband served in the United States Army for 30 years, stationed in Germany, Massachusetts, and Missouri.

Sue was born in McKeesport, PA on November 3, 1945 and was raised in Clairton, PA. At the age of 13 years old she moved to Farrell, PA. In her early years, Sue was a member of the Girl Scouts, Troop 232. In addition, she was a devoted Sunday school teacher and choir member singing alongside her grandmother in the Church Of God in Christ.

In 1963 Sue moved to Fitchburg, MA and was employed by Asher Trouser for 20 years where she served as Union Stewart. Sue was employed with R6 School transportation most recently.

On March 20, 1970 Sue married the love of her life, Curtis Keaton. In addition to raising their son, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, Sue and Curtis provided a home for numerous family members.

In her spare time, Sue enjoyed spending time with family, shopping, and music. Sue was also an excellent cook and spent countless holidays and special occasions preparing a good meal for her family. Sue will be remembered for “humming a tune” and sharing her wisdom.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2014 in the Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in the Grace Covenant Christian Center of Waynesville, MO. Burial will follow in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Leonard Wood. Arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Suzanne Keaton and may be left at the funeral home.