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Betty J. Ramey Keene

Lewistown – Betty J. Ramey Keene, 87, of Lewistown, passed away at 5:20 PM on Friday, February 7, 2020 at The Loft in Canton. She was born on April 21, 1932 in Clinton, IN to James Mckinley and Iva Grace (Cox) Graves. She first married Donald R. Ramey on August 28, 1948 in Vincennes, IN, he preceded her in death on May 18, 1976. She later married Robert W. Keene on June 28, 1986 in Cuba, IL, he preceded her in death on September 17, 2000.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter, Brenda Sue; four sons, James, Ted, Jon, and Joe Ramey; three sisters, Lucille Newton, Pippie Mathias, and Junetta Lunsford.

Betty is survived by four children, Nelson Ramey of Marietta, GA, Donna (Jack) Stutsman of Lewistown, IL, Marsha Gazelle of Canton, IL, and Cindy McGehee of Westville, IL; eighteen grandchildren, thirty three great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren; five step-children, Bob (Barb) Keene of Peoria, IL, Steve Keene of Jacksonville, IL, Dick (Marsha) Keene of Macomb, IL, Nita Hughes of Liverpool, IL, and Sue McCance of Cuba, IL; fourteen step-grandchildren, twenty one step-great-grandchildren; and 3 step-great-great-grandchildren.

Betty drove a school bus for over 20 years in Farmington, Georgetown, and Lewistown. Family was everything to her and she loved them all unconditionally. Betty enjoyed family activities and watching family participate in school events especially sports. After retirement she loved traveling with her husband Bob.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded through Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Wounded Warrior Project. To leave online condolences you may go to



  • Sandy (Sue) Beuster

    Reply February 8, 2020 8:10 pm

    I got to know Betty at the Loft as I visited first my mom and now my dad. She always sat at “our table”. I enjoyed talking with her. She was a very sweet lady and I will miss her. My condolences to her family. May God grant you peace, comfort and strength in the days ahead.

  • Sandy Moshier

    Reply February 9, 2020 9:25 am

    I always enjoyed seeing Betty on Thursday at the Loft. She loved to sing with us
    She will be missed. So very sorry. Sandy Moshier and Sandy Southerd

  • Lorenda Spilker

    Reply February 9, 2020 11:09 am

    Our sincere sympathy to Betty’s family. A great lady. She shall be missed by many people. We are thinking of each one of her family. God Bless Everyone. Lorenda (Schnarr) & Alvin Spilker

  • Howard(Danny)Soper

    Reply February 10, 2020 9:42 pm

    To Betty’s family:I knew some of her sons when I was growing up-the times when we were at Scovil school,and at Lancaster West.before Illini Bluffs was formed.Please txt me,especially if Nelson wants me to be present to reminisce the times that his older brothers put me through-but,to me,they were good times.God bless everyone at your time of loss.

  • Connie Henderson

    Reply February 13, 2020 7:36 am

    So sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. Donna my thoughts are with you and your family during this trying time It is never easy losing a parent and you never get over the need for your mom. Betty will be missed but she shall be at peace

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