Roberta Coleman Keets, 83, Social Security...

May 11, 2000

Roberta Coleman Keets, 83,

Social Security administrator

Roberta Coleman Keets, a retired Social Security administrator and civic activist, died May 3 of complications of a heart attack at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 83 and lived in West Baltimore.

She retired in 1979 after 35 years with the Social Security Administration in Washington as an administrative assistant with the international staff.

Roberta Coleman was born in Baltimore and was a graduate of Douglass High School and Cortez Peters Business School.

In 1946, she and her sister, Harryette C. Matthews, formed the Clever Kiquejays, a group that supplied eyeglasses to needy and disabled children. It functioned for many years until its work was supplanted by city, state and federal programs.

Mrs. Keets was a charter member of Big Sisters of Baltimore and a member of the We Wives Club, the King's Landing Women's Club and the Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill of America.

She was a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

She was a volunteer at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in West Baltimore, which was named in honor of her father, an activist for the rights of the disabled.

Iglehart Keets, her husband of 56 years, died in 1992.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church, 1542 N. Gilmor St., where she was a communicant.

She is survived by three daughters, Rita K. Selby and Barbara K. Patterson of Baltimore and Mary Keets-Jay of Columbia; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Rena V. L'Heureux, 92, Peabody staff member

Rena Veronica L'Heureux, who worked in the Peabody Conservatory of Music's public information department for more than 30 years, died Sunday of respiratory failure at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 92.

Miss L'Heureux, a former resident of the 800 block of Park Ave. in Mount Vernon, had lived for two years at Keswick MultiCare Center in Roland Park.

She began working at Peabody in 1963 and held various positions in the public information department before retiring in 1995. In retirement, she was a volunteer in Peabody's archives.

Earlier, she worked for many years for Bonney Concert Bureau on Howard Street, which closed in the early 1960s.

She was born in Jewett City, Conn., and orphaned at an early age. She was sent to Maryland, where she graduated from Samuel Ready School.

Miss L'Heureux studied dance for years with Estelle Dennis and danced with her company. For years, because of her diminutive size, she appeared as the duck in annual performances of "Peter and the Wolf."

She was a member of the board of the Handel Choir of Baltimore from 1935 until 1988. She also was an avid Orioles fan.

She was a member of Grace and St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 707 Park Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 4: 30 p.m. May 21.

There are no survivors.

Frances Bell Atkinson, 73, registered voters in Harford

Frances Bell Atkinson, a homemaker who worked in voter registration in Harford County, died Monday from complications of surgery at North Arundel Hospital. She was 73.

Mrs. Atkinson, a former 30-year Bel Air resident who had lived in Pasadena since 1998, retired in 1991 after more than 20 years registering voters. Earlier, she was a homemaker and worked at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Frances Bell was born and raised in North Baltimore and graduated from Western High School. Her marriage to Phillip Atkinson ended in divorce.

She enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles.

Services are private.

She is survived by two sisters, Doris Grimes of Odenton and Jane Robidoux of Glen Burnie; and several nephews and nieces.

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