|Birth: ||Jan. 27, 1933|
|Death: ||Aug. 28, 2010|
Jean Carol Keeth, age 77, of Iberia, passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at her home. She was born in Iberia on January 27, 1933, daughter of the late Wade A. and Edna (Williams) Pemberton. On February 3, 1950, in Hardy, Arkansas, Jean married G.R. Keeth, who survives at the home.
Jean helped manage and run Keeth Poultry since 1950 and both she and her husband G.R. owned and operated Iberia Auto Supply since 1972. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. Jean attended First Christian Church in Iberia.
She is also survived by six children, Gregory Keeth and wife Pam of Iberia, Beth Whittle and husband Mike of Iberia, Christina Robertson and husband Dwight of Iberia, Sandra Libbert and husband Kenny of Iberia, Anthony Keeth and wife Janet of Iberia, and Cheri Rushing and husband Chad of Pinckneyville, Illinois; 18 grandchildren, Matthew Keeth, Jonathan Keeth, Andrew Keeth, Tamra Whittle, Shawn Whittle, Joseph Whittle, Susan Hensley, Craig Whittle, Justin Whittle, Steve Robertson, Nichole Stephens, Natasha Herbert, Darin Libbert, Alicia Merrifield, Derek Libbert, Ty Keeth, Kenzie Rushing, and Callie Rushing; 22 great-grandchildren; one brother, Don Pemberton; and one twin sister, Janet Wilson.
She was preceded by her parents; and ten brothers and sisters; Wilma Birge, Emil Pemberton, Gretchen Jones, Sylvia Atwill, Pauline Livingston, Lynn Pemberton, Victor Pemberton, Maxine Deardeuff, Harold Pemberton, and James Pemberton.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, at Iberia First Christian Church. Rev. Stan Way will officiate. Interment will be in Williams Cemetery near Iberia.
Visitation will be from 5 Ė 8 p.m. on Monday, August 30 at the church.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Williams Cemetery.
Eulogy for Jean Carol Pemberton Keeth
As the last surviving brother of Jean and Janet, I trust it is permissible for me to say a few words As most of you know, we come from a large family. I was #8 in a family of 13. Jean and Janet (twins) were #12 and #13. We never knew which was 12 and which was 13. Janet and I are the only ones surviving at this time.
First of all, I must say we all appreciate the dedication and care given by all members of Jean and G.R.ís family during the final months of this difficult time. I am particularly grateful and sympathetic for G.R.ís unending care-24 times 7. Having gone through a similar experience 2 yrs ago when I went without much sleep for a couple of years, I do have an understanding of what he has gone through. We do appreciate your efforts G.R. . We all know, regardless of our efforts, there is a limit to what we can do.
During the era when Jean and Janet were born, almost all babies were born at home. Dr. von Gremp was the attending physician. Iíve been told the doctorís fee for a home delivery was $10.00. The question has always been ďDid we get two for the price of one?Ē
I was almost 14 years old when the twins were born and I knew we were going to have an addition to the family, but knew not when. The boysí bedroom was at one end of the house and every morning Dad would come to the door and tell us it was time to get up, breakfast was ready. But this particular morning, he said we have a new baby girl. Excited, I jumped out of bed, got dressed and ran to see the new baby girl, but found 2 baby girls beside Mom. Dad didnít tell us there were twins. Apparently he hadnít recovered from the shock! After my shock of seeing twins and visiting with Mom briefly, I went to the dining room for breakfast. Here was Ella Steen bringing the breakfast from the kitchen. I remember hot biscuits, bacon and eggs, some kind of fruit and oatmeal for anyone still hungry. Ella Steen lived on the next farm and was Momís first cousin. Ella and Mom apparently had a deal whereby Ella came to our house to help with a new birth and Mom would go to the Steen home when they had a new arrival. By this time Dr. von Gremp had returned home. Other help arrived during the day and all went well from then on.
Jean and Janet were born in the Depression 30ís and were in grade school during WW2. It was during WW2 years that the twins offered so much comfort to our parents, especially Mom. There were 4 brothers in uniform at the same time during WW2. I learned after the war ended of the worries and concerns of our parents and family for the boys in service. In fact, after the war ended I came home and when I visited my Uncle Elbert, he told me that they had discussed the possibilities with 4 brothers in the service. They had concluded that I was the one most likely NOT to return home. I assume this decision was made because of the hazards of flying in the military during the war. I was the only one with flying duties. Fortunately, we all returned home safely.
Family reunions at the home place were a tradition in our family. Immediate family members, plus aunts, uncles, cousins and friends from across the country came for the big day. After our Dad and Mother passed away in the mid 1960ís, we all wanted the family reunions to continue, but where? Jean and G.R. were so gracious to have us meet at their house for special occasions. This continued for many years. Their home was always well maintained, attractive, had a big yard and plenty of parking space. Especially those of us living away from the area always appreciated this welcome by Jean and G.R.
Now that Jean is gone, we hope to continue to keep in touch with the rest of the family. Jean lived a good life and had a great family.
God bless you all, God bless the United States of America and I thank you for listening. My name is Don Pemberton.
Wade A. Pemberton (1883 - 1966)
Edna Frances Wall Pemberton (1888 - 1964)
Gregory Roberts Keeth (1932 - ____)*
Sylvia Pemberton Atwill (1910 - 1974)*
Pauline P. Pemberton Livingston (1912 - 1996)*
Lynn Wade Pemberton (1915 - 1995)*
Donald David Pemberton (1919 - 2013)*
Harold Doyce Pemberton (1925 - 1995)*
Jean Carol Pemberton Keeth (1933 - 2010)
Created by: Nancy Arnold Thompson
Record added: Aug 30, 2010
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