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Betty Elizabeth McKeen

March 24, 1934May 18, 2020

Mrs. Betty Elizabeth McKeen, 86, of LaGrange, GA went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Mrs. McKeen was born March 24, 1934 in LaGrange to the late Glenn Posey Johnston and Ruby Pike Johnston. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joe Johnston; sister, Peggy Pruitt and her special Aunt, Zelma Carrington.

Betty was a devout member of Faith Baptist Church where she was actively involved and former Jaycette member. She deeply loved her family and her friends and enjoyed taking care of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her passions included singing in the church choir and gardening.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Garvis G. McKeen Sr. children, Lamar (Dorothy) McKeen, Garvis G. McKeen Jr., Becky McKeen (Mark Nelms); grandchildren, Dee Kelley (Glenn Cunningham), Jonathan Purcell, Dennis (Katie) McKeen, Molly McKeen; great-grandchildren, Kaylen, (J.T., Bryson) Uran and McKenzie Kelley; sisters, Faye Roye and Barbara Riggs; brothers, Glenn Joel Johnston and Dan Johnston

A private Graveside service will be held Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Shadowlawn Cemetery with a Celebration of Life Service held at a later date. Anyone wishing to view Mrs. McKeen may do so on Wednesday, May 20 between the hours of 9AM and 5PM.

Flowers are accepted and those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636


  • Garvis G. McKeen, Sr., Husband of 68 years
  • Lamar (Dorothy) McKeen, Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Garvis G. McKeen, Jr., Son
  • Becky McKeen (Mark Nelms), Daughter
  • Dee Kelley (Glenn Cunningham), Grandchild
  • Jonathan Purcell, Grandchild
  • Dennis (Katie) McKeen, Grandchild
  • Molly McKeen, Grandchild
  • Faye Roye, Sister
  • Barbara Riggs, Sister
  • Glenn Joel Johnston, Brother
  • Dan Johnston, Brother
  • Kaylen Uran, Great Grandchild
  • McKenzie Kelley, Great Grandchild

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Kaylen Uran

May 27, 2020

I miss you so much mawmaw. This feels like an endless nightmare that I can’t wake up from. I love you so much and I hope you’re dancing in the sky and I hope you’re singing in the angels choir💗 fly high you beautiful soul❣️

Deborah Kelley

May 26, 2020

We weren’t ready to let you go mawmaw. You have always been the rock in our family. The most loyal person I’ve ever known, and the most giving. You have always been there for me, and the girls, and we love you so very much. Christmas was always like wonderland at your house with all the presents, and decorations, and the food. Your Christian leadership has always guided us to be better for ourselves, and for each other. I wish I could have done as much for you as you have always done for me. I love you mawmaw. I don’t know what I’ll do without you. I know you will still continue to keep watch on all of us from heaven. 💖💖💖💖

McKenzie Kelley

May 26, 2020

MawMaw Betty was my great grandmother. One of the best people i have ever met. I would not trade the memories i have with her for the world. She was my bestfriend and that will always remain the same. I miss you more and more everyday but i know your watching over me. Keep that beautiful smile of yours. Now your my sunshine.

Becky McKeen

May 23, 2020

Mom, you were like a dream mother - I walk around talking to you like we are in the same room - or you're sitting in the front seat of my car- it's comforting to me!

I tried to do the service just like I thought you would have wanted it - every little detail and you know I am extremely picky!

I sure hope we have the fudge and chicken and and dressing recipes or we are all going to be in big trouble!

I'm trying to be light-hearted mom because I am truly heart-broken - but you do not have to worry about dad...he is in the best hands ever, just like we took care of you!

This is not good-bye...it's just till we meet again!

I Love You a bushel and a peck!
Your darlin' daughter (as you called me),

Michael Johnston

May 22, 2020

Have many many memories on Crestwood Dr with Aunt Betty and Uncle Garvis . Aunt Betty always had something for me to do as a small boy which she paid me money to do and I thought I was doing something although most times it was something small and she always paid me way to much to do it now that I am grown and realize it . From as far back as I remember I have many many memories at Aunt Betty and uncle Garvis house . I pray for peace for her children , grandchildren And Uncle Garvis . And as everybody has said the fudge was the best ! Rest In Peace Aunt Betty .
Michael Johnston

Donna Roye

May 22, 2020

My Aunt Betty was one of the most influential people in my life. Since I was a small child, I always wanted to be just like her. In my eyes, she was always the most beautiful and kind aunt that anyone could ever have. She truly loved everyone in her family and was one of the kindest souls that I ever knew. I am very proud to have known her. I always admired her beauty. She was incredibly kind-hearted and generous. She always helped those in need. She was truly a caring individual and one of the finest Christians that I have ever known. She set such a fine example for me. I will certainly miss all of our good times and the trips that we took to Birmingham together. Absolutely no one in this world could make fudge the way that she did. Aunt Betty, you will be forever loved by me. I will see you again.
Donna Roye

Pat McDaniel

May 22, 2020

I met Mrs. McKeen when I was really young at Sunnyside Baptist Church. I remember a song she sang with Calvin Foster, If That Isn't Love. That was my favorite song when I was a little girl. I met Mrs. McKeen when I got older at Faith Baptist. She was a very giving woman. She helped so many times as I was a single parent with two small children. I love the conversations that she and I would have. I cherish the times that I spent with her. She will be missed by everyone that loved her. Love you forever Mrs. Mckeen. ❤

Marc Adams

May 21, 2020

I loved my summers growing up spent on Crestwood drive with Zelma and WJ
Betty was always right across the street I played on her trampoline and ate ice cream in her living Room while watching young and the restless and I even helped WJ do some s construction on Garvis shed one summer and when I was older he let me feed and take care of the hunting dogs while they were out of town. She was lovely and will be truly missed
A major part of my childhood much love to those who lost her. She is forever a part of me.

Debbie & Randy Atkins

May 21, 2020

Mr. Garvis,
You and Betty have always been two of our spiritual heroes. Having been married for 68 years, we have always admired your commitment to one another and to the Lord. You have been rocks at Faith Baptist and we appreciate that as well. Know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers as we pray for you and your family during this time of sorrow. But we all know this is not "good-bye", it is just "see you in a little while".
Debbie & Randy

Faye Roye

May 21, 2020

Thank you Sis for always loving and taking care of me.
Love you


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