GREENVILLE – Funeral services for Marian Frances (Franke) West Keating will be at 3 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, Greenville. She died Nov. 4, 2011.
Franke was born in McGehee, Ark., on Sept. 6, 1916. She attended the University of Arkansas. While there, she pledged Chi Omega Sorority and was a cheerleader. Later, she taught the second grade in an elementary school in Arkansas.
She married Bern Keating in Palm Beach, Fla., on June 10, 1939. They moved to Greenville in 1946. Franke and Bern combined their talents to improve the image of Mississippi when they published "Mississippi', a book filled with Franke's photographs and Bern's text.
Franke was a member of the first Symphony League in Greenville. Her contributions to the group were honored in 1980 when the league presented her with a citation.
She was one of the driving forces to keep E.E. Bass School from destruction. And, as a member of the Greenville Arts Council, Franke promoted many projects to bring cultural and educational events to the Delta.
As an ongoing tribute to their daughter, as well as a method of promoting their second language, the Keatings have established the Kate Maulding Keating Scholarship at Delta State University. The recipient is chosen each year by a jury of professors from the DSU French Department as the best French student from Greenville's secondary schools.
Bern and Franke received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters in 1995.
Franke was preceded in death by her daughter, Kate Maulding Keating; and her husband, Bern Keating.
A surviving son, Dr. John Keating (Nini), an orthopedic surgeon, lives in Atlanta.
Visitation is Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Nunan Hall at First Presbyterian Church.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Kate Maulding Keating Scholarship Fund at Planters Bank, Greenville; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis; or a charity of your choice.
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