Joan Demeris Keen


AMBOY — Joan Demeris Keen, 88, of Amboy, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 5, 2022, at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, after a long illness. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend.

Joan was born June 2, 1934, in Wayne City, the daughter of Harry B. and Virgie Lee (Austin) Draper. She married Bernard E. Keen on Feb. 12, 1961, in Corinth, Miss.

Joan worked as a C.N.A. at Franklin Grove Nursing and Retirement Center for many years, and was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Dixon. Joan lived a life rich in love and friendship, due to her loving and giving nature. She was the most amazing woman who loved her family and was very proud to be the mother of her five children. Joan was the ultimate caregiver; always giving to family, friends, and neighbors. She led by example and believed strongly in her faith. Joan was loved by all and will be dearly missed.

Joan is survived by her husband of 61 years, Bernard; two daughters, Deborah Keen of Ohio, IL, and Pamela (Brian) Krone, of Sterling; three sons, Dave (Kate) Thomason, of Montrose, Jeffrey Keen of Ferndale, Wash., and Edward Keen, of Dixon; one sister, Kay Austin of Channahon; one sister-in-law, Vivian Carlough, of LaBelle, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Billy (Cena) Keen, of Alabama; nine grandchildren, Pat (Emily) Esker, Eric (Micki) Esker, Teesha Keen, Danielle (Kevin) Tschirhart, Kathleen Hille, Samantha (Jamie) Harris, Stephanie (Bruce) Haarmann, Chad Keen, Logan Keen; and 16 great-grandchildren, Tristin (Desire), Mitchell, Morgan, Chloe, Lauren, Ayden, Dominic, Jaxson, Cooper, Nessa, Anna, Brody, Wade, Lincoln, Elias, and Liam.

Joan was preceded in death by her mother and dad; four brothers, George, Ace, Bill, John; and four sisters, Beulah, Margaret, Lorene, and Maxine.

Visitation was held from 11 a.m. - noon, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon, followed by a funeral service at noon, with Pastor Daniel Bentz, pastor of Northside Baptist Church, Dixon, officiating. Burial followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. A luncheon followed the burial at Northside Baptist Church.

A memorial has been established.

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