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     Helen Jean Keithly, age 74, of Lamar, Missouri, passed Monday, July 24, 2017 at KU Medical Center after suffering a stroke on Saturday.

     Jean was born May 5, 1943 in Irwin to Harvey and Iva (Greer) Mayfield.  She graduated Lamar High School in 1961 and on June 16, 1963 she married Bob Keithly and together they raised two children.  She had worked at Lilly’s Dept. Store, ASC Farm Bureau Office, and the Lamar School Cafeteria.  In 1985, she began working as the Deputy Recorder of Deeds for Barton County.  In 2003, she was elected to the office of Barton County Recorder of Deeds and worked until her retirement in 2006, serving Barton County for 22 years. She was an active member of the Lamar United Methodist Church and a volunteer at the hospital.

     Jean is survived by her husband Bob; one son, Michael (Vercie) Keithly, Lamar, Missouri; one daughter, Teresa (John) Butler, Pella, Iowa; grandchildren, Vashti Stevenson and fiancé, Andrew Longboy, Bradly (Rebecah) Keithly, Carrie Keithly and fiancé, Doug Dixon, Aiden Keithly, Pherra Keithly, Garret Keithly, Kolton Keithly, Ethan Butler, and Kaylee Butler; great-grandchildren, True Keithly and Aurora Keithly; two brothers, Delbert “Deb” (Nadine) Mayfield and Lyn (Marilyn) Mayfield, and one sister, Janet (Larry) Sechrest.  Jean was preceded by her parents.

     Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Friday, July 28, 2017 at Daniel Funeral Home with Dr. Mark Turnbough and Rev. Don Keithly officiating.  Burial will follow in Newton Burial Park, Nevada, Missouri.

     The family will receive friends 6:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday, at the funeral home.

     Contributions are suggested to Lamar United Methodist Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



#6 Washington, MissouriGlenda Keithly Glimpse 2017-07-28 09:31
Bob, was saddened by the news of Jean's passing. My, always enjoyed the times I was able to visit with her, at the Family Reunions. She was always so pleasant an we just enjoyed each others company. This was certainly a shock, our thoughts an prayers are with all your family.

#5 Mesquite NevadaCindy Fox 2017-07-27 20:08
Uncle Bob & Family,
We are saddened by Aunt Jean's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. We wish we could have attended her services. Aunt Jean was a very special woman and we loved her very much.
Love Tony & Cindy Fox
#4 Webb City, MOBob and Carol Long 2017-07-27 13:27
Jeannie and I were good friends in high school. So glad I got to visit with her at our class of '61 reunion last year. Bob and I remember some good times we shared with my sister Wanda and the Mayfield girls. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Keithly family.
#3 Lamar, MONancy Donahoo 2017-07-27 06:09
Jean was such a sweet lady with a pleasant personality. She always seemed to have a smile on her face. We will certainly miss her at church. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and all who knew her. Though we tend to experience sadness & grief, may we realize she's in the most glorious of all places. Heaven gained a very special angel.
#2 Salina, KSFaye Morris 2017-07-26 19:51
Oh, how I wish I could be with you at this time, Bob and family. I always look forward to the Keithly Reunions where I enjoyed a good long visit with Jeannie. I thought of her as a good friend, as well as a cousin. She will be greatly missed! Just know I love you ALL! My thoughts and prayers will continue.
#1 Lamar, Mo.Theresa & Wayne Percy 2017-07-26 13:35
we are sorry for the Passing of Jean. she & Bob were great friend's to my aunt & uncle Alma & Curtis Jones. Bob know that we hold you in our prayers. Thank you and Jean for all the good times you shared with my family.
Theresa (Seay) & Wayne Percy

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