Helen Jane Keown, Jan. 23, 1921 — Jan. 11, 2012, of Columbia

Monday, January 23, 2012 | 8:43 p.m. CST; updated 4:24 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Long-time Columbia resident, Helen Jane Keown, 90, of Columbia, MO passed away on January 11, 2012. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Missouri United Methodist Church officiated by the Rev. Amy Gearhart. Friends may greet the family following the service.

Helen was born on January 23, 1921, in Philadelphia, PA to John and Florence Bauroth Mooney. She grew up in Aldan, PA and graduated from Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, PA in 1939. She entered nurses’ training at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia and met the love of her life, Kenneth K. Keown, then a senior medical student. She and Kenneth were married on November 23, 1941, in Kirkland, OH, while Dr. Keown was an intern physician in anesthesiology. When Dr. Keown enlisted the Army Medical Corps, Helen accompanied him to Oklahoma and Texas. She returned to Philadelphia to work as a nurse from 1944 through 1945 while he was on duty in the European Theater of Operations. After the war, Keown family continued to live in the Philadelphia area until moving to Columbia in 1957.

Throughout her life, Helen was a devoted wife and mother. She volunteered for many activities including the University Hospital, the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri and the Heart of Missouri Girl Scouts. Helen was a member of the Constance Emig Circle of King’s Daughters and also of Missouri United Methodist Church until her death. She had many friends in Columbia with whom she enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, and socializing.

Mrs. Keown is survived by her two children, Kenneth K. Keown, Jr. (Mary) of Deerfield Beach, FL and Linda Jane Keown (Richard Crow) of Columbia, MO. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Deidre Christine Keown and Kenneth K. Keown, III of Boca Raton, FL. Mrs. Keown was preceded in death by one brother, John Richard Mooney, her parents and her husband.

The family has designated the Food Bank for Central Missouri, 2101 Vandiver Drive, Suite B, Columbia, MO 65202 or Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. 9th Street, Columbia, MO 65201 as recipients of any charitable donations in Helen's name.

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