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Ruth Keene


January 24, 2018

June 1, 1928 – Jan. 19, 2018

Ruth Naydean Keene, 89, of Sweet Home (formerly of Toledo), died Jan. 19, 2018 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

She was born June 1, 1928 in Sapulpa, Okla. to Gipson Dale and Lola Mae (Casey) Whisenhunt. 

She was the fifth and last surviving of nine children (three brothers and five sisters). She and her siblings grew up in Lindale and the Tyler, Texas area. 

She married World War II veteran, Kenneth Howard Keene in Tyler, Texas, on Feb. 1, 1946, when she was 17 years old. After the wedding, she moved to her husband’s home in Toledo, Ore. Their 6...

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