Blog 80 Another classmate passes…

Carol Keeter
(August 14, 1936 – October 29, 2017)
Carol  Keeter

Patricia Carol Hansen Keeter passed away Sunday, October 29th, at the age of 81. Carol is survived by her 2 children: Kimberly Stoner and husband Tim of Boerne; Jim Keeter, Jr. and wife Kim of Fredericksburg; brother Michael Hansen and wife Rita of San Antonio; sister-in-law Linda Masters of San Antonio; sister-in-law JoAnn Hansen of San Antonio and her grandchildren, Ashley Keeter, Mackenzie Keeter, James Edwin Keeter, III (Tres), Patrick Stoner and Andrew Stoner.

Carol was born in San Antonio, Texas, on August 14th, 1936, to Lawrence G. and Helen B. Hansen. She graduated in 1954 from Thomas Jefferson High School where she was a Second Lieutenant and Historian in the Lassos, Senior Representative to the Student Council, Historian for the MJR club and member of the Scribblers and Tri Hi Y clubs. Carol also played Annie Oakley in the Senior Frolic musical Annie Get Your Gun. Carol met her husband Jim while attending San Antonio College. They married at Grace Lutheran Church in 1955. Carol was active in the PTA at her children’s schools. As they got older, she looked for another way to give back to the community and became a member of the San Antonio Junior Forum. She formed many lifelong friendships in Forum and was proud of the many service projects they sponsored. From 1973 – 1974 she was the Woman of the Year, an honor voted on by the membership and bestowed upon a member who goes above and beyond to exemplify what Junior Forum represents. In 1976 – 1977, she was President, and was made an Honorary Life Member, one of Junior Forum’s highest honors in 1981. She enjoyed meeting Jim’s clients and made many life-long friends among them. When the ASLA held their annual conference in San Antonio, Carol helped with the planning of the social events, making sure everyone felt welcome and at home. Every Christmas saw rum cakes baked for family and friends alike. Her warmth, kindness and generosity will be missed.

Our family wants to extend our appreciation to Morning Star Memory Care Center for the outstanding care they afforded our Mother. Thank you Michael and Cody and all the excellent staff that so very freely cared for and loved our Mother while she was living there. All the generosity and love showed to Mom will not be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations be made to one of the many causes supported by the San Antonio Junior Forum or to the charity of your choice. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Friday November 3rd, in Fredericksburg Funeral Home. A celebration of her life will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, November 4th, in St. John Lutheran Church of Boerne. Graveside services will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Greenwood Cemetery in Fredericksburg.

I remember Carol well.  She was one of the most gracious and warm people in our class and in later years.  Carol worked with our reunion committee for at least twenty years.  Her memorable contribution each time was a large poster board with the names of our deceased classmates in magnificent calligraphy.

The obituary mentions Carol’s husband, Jim, briefly, but I recall that she was totally devoted to him.  Jim was a noted landscape architect in San Antonio and died very recently.  I suspect her children will note that oversight and update the obituary.

I believe that Carol was actually one of the founding members of the San Antonio Junior Forum.  Another start-up was the Creekside Restaurant in Boerne, when Carol and Jim were in their sixties.  Restaurants have the highest failure rate of any new business, and I recall asking why they were starting up such a time-demanding venture.  I do not recall the answer, but the Creekside was an immediate success, which they subsequently sold; it is still going strong today—or was when we last dined there 2-3 years ago.

Before turning maudlin, I will close and suggest that you share any warm memories of Carol.  I may add a few more of my own.


1 thought on “Blog 80 Another classmate passes…

  1. Jeanine Kliefoth Price

    Oh, my, I still remember the first time I met Carol. I moved from the South side of SA to the North side 11 weeks from the end of my 8th grade. I knew no one and was with my mom registering at Horace Mann. Carol and Maxine came into the office and overheard us. They introduced themselves and offered to show me to class. From that day forward those two became my very best friends. I lived on Woodlawn and would walk to Maxine’s house on Misteltoe, then to Ruth Freedman on West King’s Hwy and then to Carol’s house on Gramercy. Then we would walk to Jefferson. Carol lived across the street from my aunt and I would stop over there to visit with her and her three brothers. We three usually had lunch together also.
    I was a Bridesmaid for both Carol and Maxine. I can still hear Carol’s voice. It was very soft and distinctive. If she was talking behind me, I would recognize it immediately. Even though I moved from SA, I still kept in touch with Christmas cards and some phone calls. So sad to lose her.


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