Annabelle Keep of Penn Valley died peacefully at home early Saturday morning, Aug. 9, with four generations of her family present. She was 84.
A memorial gathering will be held at noon, Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Lake Wildwood Country Club in the Cedar Room, Penn Valley. Annabelle was laid to rest at River View Abbey in Portland, Ore., where other family members are also at rest.
Annabelle was born Feb. 8, 1924, in Seattle, Wash. She grew up on Mercer Island and in Portland, Ore., where she and her future husband, George, graduated from Grant High School. They married on May 22, 1944, in Portland, Ore. They also lived in Cottage Grove and Hillsboro, Ore. The family lived in Santa Barbara from 1965 to 1989, where she was a Chapter RO charter member and past president of P.E.O. Sisterhood, and an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church. In 1989, George and Annabelle moved to Lake Wildwood, Penn Valley.
Friends and family were her greatest joy, and she loved to make people laugh and smile. During her life she always put family and friends first. She will be deeply missed by the people that knew and loved her. She enjoyed reading, traveling, baking (especially pies), sewing, bridge, and recently ancestry and genealogy.
Annabelle is survived by her husband of 64 years, George E. Keep; three daughters, Nancy Murphy of Seal Beach, Carolyn Tomlinson of Poway, and Mary Lou Console of Roseville; grandchildren Coryn, Tighe, Heidi, Kelsey, Travis, and Trina; six great-grandchildren, and sister, Betty Stone of Portland, Ore.
She was predeceased by her father, Walter Leslie James; mother, Arla Belle Swift James, and siblings Enid Maxine, Marjory Mabel, Emmabelle, and Robert Leslie.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 2399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, CA 95945 or P.E.O. Sisterhood Scholarship Fund, c/o Lois Oates, 4542 Carriage Hill Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93110.
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley.
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