Evelyn C. Keenan, 95, teacher and volunteer

October 25, 2003

Evelyn C. Keenan, a former New York City schoolteacher who had lived in Maryland for 30 years, died of Alzheimer's disease Thursday at the Calvert Manor Health Care Center in Rising Sun. She was 95.

Born Evelyn Christman in New York, she graduated from New York University and taught elementary school in Manhattan and the Bronx for many years, retiring in 1970. Her family said her educational philosophy was summed up in the advice she gave younger teachers: "The most important thing for children to know is that you love them."

In 1939, she married Charles B. Keenan, an assistant principal and lawyer she had met on a trolley while riding to school. He died in 1972.

In 1973, she moved to Rossmore in Montgomery County, where she volunteered in the county schools and, through her church, at the county detention center. She moved to Bel Air in 1992 and to Rising Sun in 1997.

Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Kingsville.

She is survived by two sons, Charles B. Keenan Jr. of Kingsville, and James C. Keenan of Houston; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium 21093.

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