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Ruby May Keeton

July 23, 1930 — September 26, 2022

Ruby May Keeton, 92, of Pampa, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, September 26, 2022.

Services will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at the Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel with Erron Mercer, pastor of Cornerstone Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in McLean under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors and Crematory.

Ruby was born on July 23, 1930 in Wilburton, Oklahoma to Orlando and Geneva Bates Graham. She was raised in the Wilburton Mountains of Oklahoma. Ruby attended cosmetology school in Denver. She later became a CNA in the late 1950’s and worked at Highland General Hospital until her retirement in 1974. Ruby met JR Keeton through a blind date arranged by JR’s sisters, and they were married on August 1, 1959 in Pampa. He preceded her death on October 1, 2009. In 1974, Ruby and JR moved their family to the country between Lefors and Mclean. They moved back to Pampa in 2002.

Ruby enjoyed singing, shopping, and going for rides in the countryside. She collected jewelry for years, leaving many beautiful pieces for her family. Ruby also enjoyed going to Furr’s cafeteria while it was open. When Ruby was no longer able to attend church, she began watching Billy Graham and Joyce Meyer on TV. She liked to watch the news and drink her coffee in the morning and loved Elvis Presley. Ruby will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, JR Keeton; her parents, Orlando and Geneva Bates Graham; 14 siblings; one grandson, Brandon Tye Bradley; and one great-grandson, Trevor Keeton.

Ruby is survived by her three children, Kenneth Keeton and wife Deborah of Fritch, Sandra Bell and husband Wayman of Midland, and LaDonna Bradley and husband Donald of Pampa; nine grandchildren, Christopher Keeton, Philip Keeton, Shawn Keeton, Jennifer Gray, Amanda Bell, Lyndsei McBryde, Victoria McDowell, Rob Bradley, and Valerie Klink; 22 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren and one on the way.

The family of Ruby Keeton would like to extend a special thanks to her caregivers, affectionately known as “Ruby’s Girls” for the wonderful care they provided.

Memorials may be made to Hope to Opportunities Foundation, 5241 S. Washington St., Amarillo, Texas, 79110.

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Service Schedule

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel

600 N Ward St, Pampa, TX 79065

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