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Harrison Street Chapel
Saturday August 25, 2018
09:30 AM - 11:30 AM


St. Joseph Catholic Church
Saturday August 25, 2018
12:00 PM

Martha Agnes Keith

July 26, 1921 - August 17, 2018

Martha Agnes Keith, 97, of West Lafayette, formerly of Shelbyville passed away Friday, August 17, 2018 at Cumberland Pointe in West Lafayette.

She was born July 26, 1921, in Loogootee, the daughter of William and Mary Agnes (Walker) Larkin. In 1942, Martha married Lawson Stine, and he preceded her in death in 1945. On August 14, 1947, she married Sheldon Kirk “Bo” Keith, and he preceded her in death on December 10, 1999.

Martha is survived by her sons, Stephen L. Keith and wife, Leng Hui, of Dalian, China, and Douglas P. Keith and wife, Cynthia, of West Lafayette; daughter, Diane Keith-Prohl and wife, Joy, of Surprise, Arizona; sisters, Dorothy Williams of Loogootee and Mary Patricia Thompson, Pensacola, Florida; grandchildren, Rebecca Sullivan and husband, Cory, Phillip Keith and fiancee’, Misty, Lindsay Keith, Patrick Keith, Sarah Scales and Seth Scales; great-grandchildren, Cody Sullivan, Demari Keith, Hannah Sullivan, Peyton Keith, Jocelynn Keith, Lillian Keith, Shilen Keith and Parker Keith; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Sister Mary Ester Larkin and Margaret Zinkan; and brothers, Dan Larkin and George Larkin.

In 1939, Martha graduated from St. John’s High School in Loogootee. She received her registered nursing degree from St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in 1942, and was vice president of her class.

Martha was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She was a registered nurse for over 50 years. She served 15 years in private duty nursing, 12 years on the hospital board, 15 years working in Dr. Dalton’s office, and was the director of nursing at Heritage Manor.

Martha was also a member of Daughters of Isabella, St. Ann’s Altar Society, Business and Professional Women, Clearview 76’ers Home Economics Club, the Republican Club and the Nurses’ Association.

She was a world traveler and enjoyed going on cruises. She enjoyed playing bridge.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville, with the rosary recited at 9:30 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway St. in Shelbyville, with Father Mike Keucher officiating.

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue River Foundation, 54 W. Broadway St., Suite 1, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

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