She had been a resident there for a short time.
She was born Sept. 25, 1917, in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., the daughter of Levi and Agnes Fulmer Curley.
She was raised in Clay County at the age of 12 by her aunt and uncle, Alfi and Ellie Shoptaugh.
She graduated from Van Buren High School, class of 1936.
As a young woman, she worked at the Telephone Co., in Terre Haute, and for the canning factory in Brazil.
On Feb. 19, 1949, Helen married Gerald Keegan and together, they raised their family in Clay County.
She has been a devoted member of Annunciation Church and volunteered for many duties at the church all her adult life.
She also volunteered at Schulte High School in Terre Haute during the years her children attended.
She was a "Mothers Club" member, band parent and later a band grandparent at Northview High School.
Helen was a very talented and industrious mother. She gardened, was a seamstress and wedding dress maker, cake baker. She also did cross stitch and could knit as well. Everything that revolved around her home and family was important to her.
As a hobby, she enjoyed watching the Cubs and the Pacers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings died when she was a young girl, brothers Joseph Curley and John Curley, sister Agnes Curley and her husband Gerald Keegan.
Survivors include her children James Keegan and wife Susan, Knightsville, Marilyn Ferree and husband Homer, Sellersburg, Ind., John Keegan, Brazil, and Mary McDonald and husband Fritz, also of Brazil, grandchildren Amy Spitler, Rebecca Keegan, Michael Keegan, Kevin Ferree, Danielle Yanez, Timothy Ferree, Melisse Gladwell, Ashley McDonald, Katherine McDonald and Keegan McDonald, eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and extended family.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m., Wednesday, at Annunciation Church, with Father Michael Fritsch officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, at French Funeral Home, from 4-8 p.m., and again Wednesday at the funeral home, prior to leaving for Mass. Rosary will be Tuesday at 7 p.m., at the funeral home.
Donations may be made in her memory to St. Mary-of-the-Woods College or to the Northview Band and Guard.
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