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Friday 13 February 1959 – Death of Alice Louisa Keen, aged 75

Category Hatches, Matches and Despatches » Deaths
Evesham Standard & West Midland Observer
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Mrs Alice Louisa Keen of 12 Synehurst, Badsey, died at Evesham Hospital on Thursday week, after a fairly long illness.  Aged 75, she was the widow of the late Mr William Henry Keen of Badsey, who died 50 years ago.

She was a daughter of the late Mr & Mrs Thomas Withers of Cambria Road, Evesham, and was a native of the town.  Upon her marriage to Mr Keen, she moved to Badsey.  Mrs Keen was well known for her activities in the gloving industry, which she carried on at her home for a period of some 35 years.  She also acted as housekeeper for the late Mr Alan Idiens of Greenhill, Evesham.  Her great love, however, was for her church, and she was a regular attender at St James’ Church until her illness.

For many years she was a member of Badsey Mothers’ Union, and for a period she was a member of the Parochial Church Council.  She is survived by two daughters, Mrs F Holley of Badsey and Mrs G Crawford of Greenock, Scotland.

The funeral took place at Badsey on Monday when the service in St James Church was conducted by the Vicar, the Rev Peter Braby and Mrs G W Marshall was organist.  The mourners were Mr & Mrs F Holley (son-in-law and daughter), Mrs G Crawford (daughter), Mr & Mrs Norman Holley, Mrs M Jirak (grandchildren), Mr & Mrs A C Keen, Mr T Keen, Mrs E Bromley, Mrs H V Rowe (brother-in-law and sisters-in-law), Mrs D Attenborough, Miss Pat Keen, Mr & Mrs Bert Holtom, Mr & Mrs F Bagnall, Mr & Mrs G Grove, Honeybourne (nephews and nieces), Mr & Mrs Siedener, Mr & Mrs F Ellis and Miss Ada Bird (friends).  Numerous friends at church included many members of the Mothers’ Union, and among a large number of floral tributes was a wreath from the Mothers’ Union.