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Margaret Dare (Hight) Keen

October 9, 1937 ~ January 24, 2020 (age 82)


TUPELO / CORINTH - Margaret Dare Hight Keen, 82, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at Cornerstone Nursing and Rehab in Corinth where she had resided over a year. Margaret was born in Louisville, Winston Co., MS on Oct. 9, 1937 to the late Charles Hight and Margaret Lenola Jay Hight, She attended MSCW - now MUW - where she studied Library Science. She married James Robert “Jimmy” Keen on July 25, 1959 at First Baptist Church in Louisville. Mr. Keen worked for TVA and they lived for more than 20 years in Chattanooga, TN, until he was permanently transferred to Tupelo in 1980. The Keen family were longtime faithful members of Calvary Baptist Church where Mrs. Keen sang in the church choir and was the longtime church librarian. She was a substitute teacher in several public schools while being a master housewife, wife, mother, and grandmother. Margaret loved her family and cared deeply for them and saw  that their every need was met. She enjoyed reading all types of literature, especially her Bible, singing, and making everyone feel safe and secure. An encouraging soul, she was a model caregiver. 

A service celebrating her life will be held at 2 PM on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Dr. John Armistead, her former pastor, officiating. A graveside service will follow at Lee Memorial Park. Visitation is from Noon-service time Monday only at Holland - Tupelo Chapel, which is honored to serve their friends. 

Margaret leaves to mourn her passing her husband of almost 60 years, Jimmy Keen, a resident of Avon Lea in Tupelo; her children, Meg Lofton and husband, Kevin of Michie, TN, and James Robert Keen, Jr. of Corinth. Grandma leaves her 4 grandchildren, Amber Roxanne Meggs (Richard) of Fulton, Kathy Smith (Michael) of Saltillo, Ricky Gene Burchfield, Jr. of Tupelo, and William Jesse Stults of Michie, TN; a great-grandchild, Kirk Liam McBrayer of Gonzales, LA and LSU, and her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, and a brother, Charles “Pep” Hight, II. 

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