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Frances "Joyce" Jones Keen

April 26, 1941 May 15, 2018
Frances "Joyce"  Jones Keen
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Obituary for Frances "Joyce" Jones Keen

Frances “Joyce” Jones Keen, 77 years of age of Bland, VA, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at her home. Born April 26, 1941 in Richlands, VA, she was the daughter of the late Walter Gordon Jones JR and Loma Vera Jones.

Joyce was of the Presbyterian faith and was a member of the Bland-Leyburn Presbyterian Church in Bland, VA. She was a graduate of the University of Virginia class of 1977 where she obtained her Masters Degree in Elementary Education. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree from Pikeville College in 1969. She enjoyed gardening and bunka embroidery. She was a gifted artist and avid reader. She adored her family including her husband, daughter, and grandchildren. Joyce was constantly learning new things in life and had a strong belief in education. She always strived for more knowledge and felt her most important job in life was being called a Mother and Nana. She has always remembered with fondness each student she taught in her 25 years of teaching. She loved her friends and always enjoyed getting to know new people. You could often find her on the phone checking on them and staying in contact. This loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and dear friend will be sadly missed.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family and in addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Hautene Jones Kipps, Claudine Jones Jones, Opaline Jones Remines and Eskoline Jones Davis; and two brothers, Walter Jones Jr. and William “Bill” Jones.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 60 years and 5 months, Kirby Kermit Keen of Bland, VA; daughter, Kim Hobbs and husband John of Abingdon, VA; granddaughter, Katelyn Hobbs / Rheuban and husband Jonathan of Amsterdam, Holland; and grandson, Logan Hobbs and wife Rachael of Charlottesville, VA. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral service for Frances “Joyce” Keen will be held at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Chapel of Keen Mountain, VA, Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Howard Finkle officiating. The burial will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens in Claypool Hill, VA.

Active pallbearers will be her nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018.

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The family of Frances “Joyce” Jones Keen have entrusted the care of their loved one to Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Keen Mountain, VA.

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6:00 PM 5/18/2018 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 5/18/2018 8:00:00 PM
Shortridge Ramey - Keen Mountain

1020 Big Skeggs Road
Oakwood, VA 24631

Shortridge Ramey - Keen Mountain
1020 Big Skeggs Road Oakwood 24631 VA
United States

Funeral Service




1:00 PM 5/19/2018 1:00:00 PM
Shortridge Ramey - Keen Mountain

1020 Big Skeggs Road
Oakwood, VA 24631

Shortridge Ramey - Keen Mountain
1020 Big Skeggs Road Oakwood 24631 VA
United States

Cemetery Details


Greenhills Memory Gardens Final Resting Place

11800 Governor G C Peery Hwy
Cedar Bluff, VA 24609

11800 Governor G C Peery Hwy Cedar Bluff 24609 VA
United States

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