Elizabeth "Betty" Keenan

  • Born: August 26, 1956
  • Died: June 28, 2020
  • Location: Milmont Park, Pennsylvania

Cavanagh Family Funeral Home

301 Chester Pike
Norwood, PA 19074

Tel. (610) 532-3120

Tribute & Message From The Family

Elizabeth ("Betty") E. Keenan, of Milmont Park, PA, formerly of Philadelphia, PA, passed away peacefully at home on June 28, 2020. She was born in Darby, PA to the late Francis J. ("Joe") and Elizabeth (Carlin) Keenan.

She is survived by her brother, Joseph (Kathleen) Keenan of Norwood, PA; sisters Theresa (John) Lawson of Media, PA and Claire Keenan of Milmont Park, PA; five nieces and a nephew.

Betty graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, PA and earned a degree in History from St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA before completing a Paralegal Certificate Program at The Institute for Paralegal Training in Philadelphia. She worked as a paralegal at CIGNA Corporation, and at Saul, Ewing, Remick & Saul prior to becoming a law clerk in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Narcotics Division, where she worked from 1988 until her retirement in 2016. Betty received several commendations for her work with the staff of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania United States Attorney's office in the prosecution of significant crimes, including for her extraordinary professionalism and untiring commitment to interagency cooperation.

Betty enjoyed gardening and cultivated roses as a teenager. She loved to read, bike, and dance; she enjoyed all types of music, and played the piano for years. She loved all animals, but especially cats. Betty also created beautiful works of needlepoint. She was also fearless, riding roller coasters no one else would, and parasailing without hesitation.

Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Thursday, July 2 from 10 AM to 11 AM at Our Lady of Peace Church, 208 Milmont Ave., Milmont Park, PA. Mass will begin at 11 AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Asana Hospice and Palliative Care, 300 Johnson Ave., Ridley Park, PA 19078.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am absolutely devastated to hear this. I am so very sorry for your loss. The world has lost one heck of a cool person but has gained one heck of a loving angel. I will keep you all in my prayers. Sending all my love.
Karen Smiley

Posted by Karen Smiley - Atlanta, GA - Family   July 19, 2020

Sandra & I are so sorry for your loss. Disappointed Covid-19 kept us from attending the services. Looks like I have the wrong mailing address for Claire & Joe. Stay well, love & prayers

Posted by Bill & Sandra Smiley - Amelia Island, FL - Family   July 15, 2020

I am sorry for your loss, condolences to your family.

Posted by John Grace - Williamstown, NJ - Family   July 08, 2020

Sending lots of love to the Keenan Family. Betty was such a happy, bright person and I know she will be greatly missed. May you find peace and comfort in the happy memories and remember she's always in your heart. Love, Betsy Durning, friend, Broomall, PA

Posted by Betsy Durning - Broomall, PA - Friend   July 02, 2020

So sorry to hear Betty passed away. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Roseann Kearney - Boothwyn, PA   July 01, 2020

Sending all our love and prayers to the Keenan Family. I'm soo sorry to learn of your great loss. Know she is sitting in heaven free of pain or disease. God bless each of you with love and memories shared
With Betty .

Posted by Dottie and Jim Paulson Chartreau families - Lancaster County, PA - Family Friend   July 01, 2020

Betty was my best friend for so many years until we lost touch. She bright, funny, loyal, frank and loving to so many people during our years in Avalon and in the DA's office. RIP Betty. I pray that the siblings rely on their faith to embrace them at a difficult time.

Posted by Michele Kelly - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   July 01, 2020

Sorry to hear of your sad news Claire, Joseph, Theresa and its so sad to lose a person ye Love as In my case
I lost our Brother Emmett at 51 years, she was to young to die. Rest in Peace Betty. May the happy memories of your time together comfort you now. My Prayers are with ye at this time. God Bless.

Posted by Mairead Carolan Chapin - Sixmiebridge,co.clare - Coworker   July 01, 2020

My deepest condolences to Betty's family and friends. I knew Betty in grade school (Our Lady of Peace) and
through her neighbors the Bushy's who I was friends with. Betty was always so sweet and fun to be with.
She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Rosanne McConville - Harner - Crofton, MD - Classmate   June 30, 2020

My condolences to Betty's family and friends. I knew her throughout her time at the DA's Office and Betty was always friendly, upbeat and willing to help her colleagues. She was very dedicated to her work.

Posted by Michelle Seidner - Philadelphia, PA - Coworker   June 30, 2020

So sorry to hear of her passing. Our prayers are with the family. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Bob and Denise McIvor - Glen Mills, PA - Family   June 30, 2020

My deepest condolences to you, Claire, Theresa, Joe and all the family. May the happy memories of your time together comfort you. RIP Betty. Love, Kathi Grace

Posted by Kathi Grace - Williamstown, NJ - Family   June 30, 2020

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