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Bette Cartee Keen, 90, of Maloneton, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 17, 2017, surrounded by her family who loved her dearly in Woodland Oaks Nursing Home in Ashland.
Bette was born May 10, 1926, in Carter City, a daughter of the late Russell E. and Grace Field Cartee. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elby E. Keen; one granddaughter, Rhonda Nickel Nunley; one brother, Russell E. Cartee Jr.; and one sister, Kathryn Secrest.
She was a 1943 graduate of the former McKell High School in South Shore and a graduate of Morehead State University with a bachelors in education. She taught elementary school for 27 years in the Greenup County School system and was a dedicated member of the Liberty United Methodist Church in Lynn.
She loved to make quilts, crochet, was very involved in the Lynn Homemakers, benefits for Maloneton Volunteer Fire Department and the community.
She is survived by two daughters, Connie Nickel and her husband, Ron, of South Shore, and Rebecca Spencer and her husband, Phillip, of Greenup; two brothers, William Franklin "W.F." Cartee and his wife, Charlotte, of Fountain Hill, Ariz., and Ronald Keith Cartee and his wife, Diane, of Bellefonte; five grandchildren, Sherri (Aaron Tice) Nickel, Kimberly (Brett) Newland, Jeffrey (Beth) Spencer, Tracy Jo (Rodney) Logan and Lisa (Mark) Steven; one grandson-in-law, Shane Nunley; eight great-grandchildren, Byron, Carter, Braxton, Trent, Lyda, Riley, Payne and Eleanor; a host of nieces and nephews; and her family at Woodland Oaks that will miss her greatly.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Reed Funeral Home in Greenup by Brother Jim Montgomery. Burial will be in Siloam Cemetery in South Shore.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Liberty United Methodist Church, 7094 State Route 7, South Shore, Kentucky 41175.
Condolences may be left at rlrfuneralhome.com.
Published on April 18, 2017
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