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Ruth Evelyn (Callis) Keethers, 86, of Tennyson, Indiana passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 23, 2021. She was born on March 22, 1935 to Roye and Rebecca Callis and was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 64 years, Peter J. Keethers, a son, Michael Anthony, and seven brothers: Roye, George, James, Earl, Arthur, Alfred, and Arvil Callis. Six sisters: Ann Stanley, Mildred Stork, Clara Mae Robbins, Mary Heidorn, Margaret Kolle, and Naomi Splittorff.

Ruth worked as a clerk at the Warrick County CO-OP, as a medical secretary at Deaconess Hospital, and as a United States Rural Mail Carrier. She was a member of the Warrick County Home Ec, the Red Hat Society, involved with the Oblate Sisters, and an active member of St. Clement’s Catholic Church for 65 years. Her faith was strong which she was always willing to share with others.

Ruth was a kind, loving, generous, and spiritual woman. Her love for anything “old” was evident in quilts, cook books, TV programs (Little House on the Prairie), Turner Classic Movies, BBC (especially Downton Abbey) and bluegrass music. She was a strong woman who was highly respected by family and friends and to whom many turned for advice and help. She loved her children and is survived by: Joseph Keethers (Ronda), Mary Ellen Sweeney (Keith), Laura Hack (Gene) and James Keethers and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She had fond memories of being one of the youngest of 14 children and enjoyed family reunions, pitchins, playing horseshoes, and singing with her brothers and sisters. Ruth and Pete were members of camping clubs and camped for many years. She enjoyed spending time in the Smoky Mountains, crocheting, watching the Masters and IU basketball with Pete. She was an avid Bobby Knight fan and of March Madness. Her favorite quote was, “It will all work out”. Her trust in God, love of family, and kindness to others are traits to follow.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at St. Clement Catholic Church. Visitation was one hour before mass. Interment Mount Olive Cemetery in Lynnville, IN. BRADLEY’S COLONIAL CHAPEL is assisting the family. Condolences to the family can be sent to

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