Octavia Keith


Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - March 19, 1993

HAVANA -- Octavia Keith, 85, of 609 N. Harpham died at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 1993, at Mason District Hospital in Havana.

Born Jan. 11, 1908, in Easton to James D. and Bertha Samuel Lowers, she married Fred Keith on Dec. 23, 1933. He died Jan. 18, 1993. She also was preceded in death by one brother.

Surviving are two sons, Leland F. of Havana and Gerald P. of El Paso, Texas; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Helen) Sarff of Havana; nine grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Harry (Helen) Hughes of Table Grove.

She taught school in Mason County before her marriage. She and her husband farmed and raised turkeys in the Mason County area for many years.

She was a former member of First United Methodist Church in Havana and a member of the Mason County Retired Teachers and Mason County Home Extension.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Easton Cemetery. The Rev. Larry Maffett will officiate. There will be no visitation. Hurley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Havana Park District for the beautification of parks.

Contributed by: Sherry McCullough


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