July 28, 1931 – September 1, 2019
Sara Beth Davis Keese was born in Jefferson, Texas July 28, 1931 to loving parents Warren Russell Davis and Bessie Phillips Davis. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1949. She served as mascot of the band 1937 through 1940 and as a majorette of the band 1948 to 1949. She served as sophomore class secretary and was president of the Jr. 1881 club her senior year. She attended TSCW and TCU.
On June 23, 1951 she married the love of her life, Earl Stanley Keese at Fort Knox, Kentucky. They were blessed with three children and she was a stay-at-home mom until the children were out of school. She was a member, elder, Sunday school teacher, treasurer and choir member of First Presbyterian church of Denison, she served on the synod of the Sun P & C committee, Grace Presbytery candidates committee, served as Grace PWPCT Liaison-Texoma II, several offices of the Grace Presbyterial and was a delegate to the 194th Presbyterian general assembly.
She was a member of the Texoma Emmaus community, life member of Texas PTA, ten year mentor for hosts at Golden Rule school, regular blood donator at Texoma blood bank, served on a jury and on a grand jury, den mother, blue bird leader. In 2015 she and Stan were presented the Lone Star Lodge #403 A.F.&A.M. community builder award. Beth also received the Reba’s Ranch House meal ministry award for 2015. She served as president of Alpha Delpha study club, Denison Story League, Denison Service League, TMC Auxiliary, Layne PTA, Hughes Jr. High PTA, Denison High School PTA, Denison Lioness Club, Texoma Square Dance Club, Presbyterian Church Women, Chelsea Park Garden Club, Monodrama, Thursday Review, Denison Texoma Lions Club.
As a Lion, she was a Melvin Jones Fellow, Lion of the Year, 100% President, Life Member of Texas Lions Camp and Life Member of Lions Organ and Eye Bank. She also served as chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Denison Library Board. She was the office manager of Grayson Climate Engineers, Inc. for fifteen years until 1996 when she and Stan sold the corporation. She and Stan enjoyed traveling together and saw a lot of the world.
She is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Warren Russell, Louis Clifton and Thomas Edward Davis.
She is survived by her loving husband Earl Stanley, son Earl and Linda Keese, daughter Rebecca and John Deaver, son David and Sara Keese, grandson Jonathan and Chelsee Keese, granddaughters Callie Keese and Isabella Keese, grandsons Jackson Keese and Greyson Keese, great-grandsons Xander Keese and Avery Keese, great-granddaughter Catherine Keese, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 5, 4-6pm at Bratcher Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Friday, September 6, 9am at First Presbyterian Church of Denison with burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Jefferson, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Texas Lions Camp, 4100 San Antonio Hwy., Kerrville, TX 78028; Lionscamp.com, go to menu dropdown, then select “Get Involved” then “Donate”. Under donation categories, go to “Honorarium”; or donate to the charity of your choice.
- Warren Russell Davis, Father (deceased)
- Bessie Davis, Mother (deceased)
- Earl Stanley Keese, Husband
- Earl & wife Linda Keese, Son
- David & wife Sara Keese, Son
- Rebecca & husband John Deaver, Daughter
- Warren Russell Davis, Brother (deceased)
- Louis Clifton Davis, Brother (deceased)
- Thomas Edward Davis, Brother (deceased)
- Jonathan & Chelsee Keese, Grandson
- Callie & Isabella Keese, Granddaughters
- Jackson & Greyson Keese, Grandsons
- Xander & Avery Keese, Great-grandsons
- Catherine Keese, Great Granddaughter
- Several ., Nieces, nephews & cousins
- Texas Lions Camp
- Visitation Thursday, September 5, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, September 6, 2019
September 9, 2019
I cannot believe it was only a few short days ago I was enjoying a glass of wine with Beth & Stan in their home... mere hours before Beth was rushed into hospital. It is small comfort that I was able to say my goodbyes to Beth before flying back to England; I will never again enjoy the warmest of welcomes I always received from the loveliest of ladies.
Beth & Stan were welcoming friends to my father and stepmother, Sis & Alex Johnston, when they met at First Presbyterian Church. My folks had moved to Denison from Uganda in 1970 and Beth & Stan were truly supportive as they settled into their new home and community. They remained steadfast friends and shared many, many happy moments together over the years. Whenever my family or I visited Denison, there was always an invitation from the Keeses for lunch, supper, drinks, whatever.
After my father died in 2000, and particularly in latter years as Sis became less independent, Beth was tireless in providing her with the help and support she needed. Beth would run Sis to hospital and dental appointments, to eye surgery in Dallas, to the vet with Dachshund, Chai, to the bank, shops... nothing was too much trouble, even when Beth herself was not well! At Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, Beth would invite Sis to be part of the Keese family celebrations. Knowing that Beth was there for Sis was a huge reassurance for me, living so far away in England & Africa.
I am so grateful this wonderful lady was such a good friend to Sis. I am so pleased I could acknowledge this in the very church that they met. I am so sad that this acknowledgement was part of the thanks I was giving for my stepmother's life, after she passed away recently. And I am so sad that Beth went to join her just one week later. But I can smile knowing that they are probably now having a good catch up 'natter'.
Bless you Beth!
Tony and Barbara MADDOX
September 6, 2019
Bethy (as she never seemed to mind my calling her ) was and is a wonderful soul. As many know, my wife, Barbara, has had a stroke and has been beside herself after hearing of our loss of Beth on this plane. When Barbara or I had any medical problems, Beth would circle the wagons and; with key players like the Hartsels, the Bullards and others; would come visit and bring lots of good food. That's just the kind of kind and caring people we were fortunate to know at 1st Presbyterian, and Beth and Stan bulkwards around that congregation. God, thank you for giving us Beth. Beth, thank you for giving so much of yourself to others.
September 6, 2019
My family lived across the street from the Keese home in Denison Texas. My parents were Gary & Edith Williamson. Many days and nights were spent in the Keese home. I remember Ms. Beth would put all of the kids to bed in the master bedroom and the adults would play cards. I always lied there in bed and listened to the fun my parents were having. They were so happy during those late night card games. I'm pretty sure adult beverages were served and as the evening progressed, Ms. Beth would make coffee. I could hear the percolator and the smell of coffee would fill the house. My mom always said Beth Keese made the best coffee. Beth's son David was half monkey and he was always climbing up the kitchen counters and on to the top of the refrigerator. Ms. Beth would say "David Damn It" but you knew that statement was filled with love. My little brother Kyle, was shocked to learn that "David Damn It" was not his real name. It was just David. Oh the innocence of youth. I would like to thank my childhood friend Cathy Davis Eubank for letting me know of Ms. Beth's passing and to the loved ones she leaves behind, please know how much she was adored and take comfort in all the memories and special moments you've shared. I pray those memories soothe your grief. Beth Keese was special and she touched so many lives.
September 5, 2019
Every single time I asked, “How are you, Ms. Beth?” Her reply...”I’m just perfect!”
And she was! And now she really is...what a joy filled spirit! She will be missed!
September 4, 2019
DEAR BETH......ALWAYS PERFECT...and was as perfect as anyone could get, here on earth. Now she is with the true perfect ones and was welcomed with loving arms. We will miss Beth terribly ..Sympathy to the family especially Stan.
September 3, 2019
She was my other mother as we grew up. From helping me start the car when I got stuck in town to cleaning up the blood dripping from a fever blister so I wouldn’t scare my mother when I got home. She has always been there for me. I will miss her greatly.