OBITUARY

Christi Johnson Keelen

April 29, 1978October 25, 2019
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Dr. Christi Johnson Keelen, 41, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 25, 2019, with her family by her side at Kingwood Hospital. It was a tragic and unexpected loss.

She was born April 29, 1978, in Lubbock, Texas to Carl and Annette Johnson. Christi was raised in Abernathy, Texas, where she was a shining light for her family, classmates, and teachers. She was an honor student, basketball player, State twirler, and Homecoming Queen. She was the best big sister anyone could ask for and an amazing and treasured daughter.

She married the love of her life, Mark Keelen, on July 20, 2002, and moved to Kingwood, Texas. In 2005, Christi welcomed a beloved son Hunter, making their family complete. Christi was a devoted wife and mother with strong family values. She reveled in watching her son and husband in all their activities. She cherished making memories with her family. She had a strong love for life, reading, and learning. She was always ready for an adventure.

Christi received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and began teaching at Caprock High School in Amarillo, Texas. She went on to teach at Kingwood High School, Timberwood Middle School, and Creekwood Middle School. After earning her Master’s Degree from St. Thomas University, she worked at Region IV Service Center. Later, she became the Dean of Students at East Early College and Quest College. In December 2018, she completed her Doctoral Degree. Christi was currently teaching at Kingwood Park High School and the University of Houston Downtown. Dr. Keelen had a passion for teaching and helping her students.

Christi was the most beautiful person, with a bubbly, outgoing, funny personality to match. Her curly red hair, huge brown eyes, radiant smile, and cheerful laughter will not be forgotten, but the impression she left on people’s hearts was even more meaningful. Christi was always kind and genuinely caring, and she had an amazing sense of humor. She was friends with everyone she met. She was the type of person everyone wanted to be around because people knew she loved them for who they were. She loved her job, teaching, and guiding kids. She loved her role as wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Christi was truly beautiful inside and out.

She leaves behind her loving husband of 17 years, Mark Keelen; a wonderful 14 year old son, Hunter Keelen; her mother and father, Annette and Carl Johnson of Abernathy; her little sister, Kelli Schwertner and brother-in-law, Matt; niece, Elizabeth, and nephews, Rhett and Miles, of Farwell, Texas; aunts and uncles, numerous cousins, and an abundance of dear friends.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 1, 2019

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, November 2, 2019

  • Graveside Service & Interment

    Saturday, November 2, 2019

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Gabby Hart

July 17, 2020

I just came across this again for the first time in a while and it hit me pretty hard. I miss seeing your warm and vibrant smile in the hallways. The memory of your smile is definitely something I will hold with me forever. I miss you so much. My heart still goes out to the Keelen family. ❤️

Sherry & Bill Elliott

November 1, 2019

So sorry for your loss sending prayers your way

Molly Anderegg

November 1, 2019

Mark & Family
I am so sorry for your loss. Christi was a wonderful young woman. You are all in my prayers.
May God bless and comfort you,
Molly Anderegg

Gabriela Luna

November 1, 2019

May God comfort you for your loss. I will very much miss her, especially her beautiful smile, laughter and happiness that will brighten any room.

Craig Blakes

November 1, 2019

Christi was one of a kind... From her bug beautiful smile to her sense of humor to her great personality, you couldn't have asked for a better friend..she got along with everyone in high school, and never once made a enemy.. I remember her being my football secret friend my junior year... She would write words of encouragement and give me candy each Friday before the game... Everyone on the squad had a secret friend and we would guess who it was, and I thought mine was my other good friend Krista Bryant..one Friday I got a letter and some treats from Christi and at the bottom she wrote P.S. I'm not Krista, so stop guessing lol...the last game of the year they revealed themselves, and Christi came to me and gave me a great big hug... That is something I'll never forget... The world is a darker place without her in it, but I know she is in a better place, and pain free... And her memory and spirit will live on in my life and many others... She is truly missed

Jim Dang

October 30, 2019

Although Dr. Keelen and I were co-workers, I can tell that she was just larger that life. She was so funny, inspirational, and determined to get the best of her students. We would occasionally talk in between classes and she was always an upbeat soul that always encouraged us to be better human beings.

I, along with the KPHS family, am grieving at a loss of our dear friend and co-worker. Our deepest condolences go to Mark, Hunter, and her family and extended family. Rest in Peace, Dr. Keelen. You will be missed but never forgotten.

Gabby Hart

October 29, 2019

While I only met her a few times, Dr Keelen was a light in everyone's life. Since knowing Hunter since 6th grade, I experienced her kindness and generosity towards everyone. Dr Keelen was so accepting of everyone and was always there to give a helping hand to anyone who needed it. I'll never forget all the times the Keelen family would donate something to CMS cheer or when I would see her in the halls with a bright and welcoming smile. I remember on homecoming night I went to check in and she told me that I was already checked off and she saw me walk in. For some reason her recognizing me after not seeing me for a while just holds a place in my heart. She truly made the world a better place and she will never be forgotten. Sending love and prayers to the Keelen family.

Nadia Small

October 29, 2019

I was nervous beginning the school year at Kingwood Park with a teacher that was new to the school but as soon as I was introduced to Dr. Keelen this summer, I felt confident that I was in caring hands. We grew together over our love for hard work, school and Eeyore as the weeks passed. When I had my first panic attack in her class, she defended and fought for me when the counselors told her they were "too busy" to deal with me that day. I am forever grateful for the confidence that she gave me to stand up for myself when I am in need. No one will replace her and she is loved forever.

Louis Evans

October 29, 2019

The UHD family is keeping Mark, Hunter and the entire Keelen family in our thoughts and prayers. We knew when Dr. Keelen was assigned to a class; the students would have a great experience. Christi will be missed by all.

Marsha Miller

October 28, 2019

The first time Christi walked into the office, she stole the show with her enthusiasm and kindness. Her smile was a full-body experience. Her pride and love for her husband, and later for Hunter, were so apparent. I haven't seen Christi for several years, but she obviously put all of that enthusiasm, kindness, pride and love together to build a success-filled life. Taken far too soon, but her candle's light will continue to illuminate others' lives for generations.

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