Patsy Keenan Obituary (2022) – Carbondale, IL


Patsy Jo Widdows Keenan

June 22, 1939 – November 20, 2021

CARBONDALE – Patsy Jo (PJ or Gypsy) Widdows Keenan, 83, from Carbondale, IL, died on November 20, 2021 at her adopted home in Mesa, Arizona. Her physical presence will be missed, but her spirit survives through her family and friends.

She was born in Carbondale, Illinois on June 22, 1939, but has lived most of her adult life in the Phoenix, AZ area. Over the course of her life, she has worn many different hats as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. During her life she was the owner of a ceramics workshop, a travel agency and a real estate agency. She loved to travel to the many places of the world, but kept a special place in her heart for New Orleans. While she was a woman of many talents, her particular talents centered on ceramics, painting, sewing and gardening.

She is predeceased by her parents, Mildred Weaver and Joseph Widdows.

PJ leaves behind two brothers: Warner Widdows and Michael Widdows. She also leaves behind three children, ten grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. They are: Angela Fassett (husband Tom and children Christopher and Margret), Gregory Wells (wife Ruthy and children Joseph, Phillip, Thomas and Patricia) and Randall Wells (wife Crystal and children Ezra, Kathleen, Jacob and Sarah). Finally, she leaves behind her good friend and adventurer in arms, Kathy Scheib.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association at or 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, Illinois, 60601

Posted by The Southern Illinoisan on Jan 11, 2022.


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