Funeral Scheduled for Former White Plains Hospital Volunteer, Burke Center Employee

Helen (Birmingham) Keenan, formerly of Scarsdale, passed away on Jan. 8, 2014 in Vero Beach, Fla. at the age of 100.

The following obituary for Helen (Birmingham) Keenan appeared on Legacy.com:

Wife of the late Frank L. Keenan, died at her home at Indian River Estates, Vero Beach, Florida on January 8, 2014.

She was born in Pittsburgh, PA, December 22, 1913, the daughter of Donald C. Birmingham and Helen (Brown) Birmingham. Her father, as his father before him, was President of the Hazlewood Savings and Trust Company for many years.

Helen attended Miss Simonson's classes in Pittsburgh and graduated from the Winchester-Thurston School and from the Pennsylvania College for Women, now known as Chatham College.

She lived for many years in Scarsdale, New York where she served a wide variety of volunteer organizations including the Red Cross, the White Plains Hospital, and the Scarsdale Woman's Exchange. She was a member and past Deacon of the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, a member of the Board of Chatham College, and a past officer of the Scarsdale Woman's Club. She belonged to the Shenorock Shore Club in Rye.

For several years, she was part of the public relations department at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains. In April 1982 she married Frank Keenan. In 1991 they moved to Vero Beach, Florida where they were active in community affairs and in the Presbyterian Church.

 Helen enjoyed the theater, travel, entertaining and the world around her. She kept in touch with her many friends and was close to her large family. Helen had a sunny disposition, winsome personality, sparkling sense of humor and was a joy to be with. She was unfailingly gracious and generous in spirit. She was cherished by her devoted sisters, nieces and nephews, and will be everlastingly held in their memories.

Helen was predeceased by her sisters, Barbara Birmingham of Hartford, CT, and Suzanne Birmingham of Greensburg, PA. She is survived by her two sisters, Nancy B. Jamison of Greensburg, PA, and Margot B. Perot and her husband, Ross, of Dallas, TX; she is also survived by her cousin, Diane Mercer of Pittsburgh, PA; as well as 13 nieces and nephews, and 25 grandnieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, January 17, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., at Indian River Estates West, 2440 Citrus Blossom Circle, Sweetwater House, Vero Beach, FL. Arrangements under the direction of COX - GIFFORD FUNERAL HOME, Vero Beach. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Indian River Estates, where Helen was beautifully cared for during her final years.

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