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Death of Mrs. Thomas Keast

A resident of the county for more than 50 years, Mrs. Thomas Keast died at her home in Larned, 320 W. Eighth street, last Thursday morning. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. G. H. Coster, and interment was in the Larned cemetery.
In the passing of Mrs. Keast the community loses a fine and useful citizen, who was an important factor as a pioneer in the upbuilding of this section of the state. Her death was due to a heart affliction. She was 72 years, 10 months, and one day old at the time of her death.
Ruth Shill was born near Warren, Ill., August 26, 1856. She was married to Thomas Keast at Warren, Illinois, October 11, 1877, and they immediately came to Pawnee county, where they went to housekeeping on Mr. Keast’s claim in Ash Valley township. To this union were born two children, Mrs. Elmer Conard of Timken, Kan., and Mrs. Leona Renner, who died May 3, 1920.
Mrs. Keast united with the Methodist church when a girl, and remained a faithful member through out her life. Upon coming to Kansas, she was active in the religious life of her community and was a charter member of the rural church organized there, the Pleasant Hill M. E. church.
Mr. and Mrs. Keast lived on their farm in Ash Valley for over 30 years and were prominent in all the activities of that community. In August 1908, they moved to Larned, purchasing the Clutter residence on West Eighth street, which has been their home since. Upon coming to Larned Mrs. Keast transferred her membership to the First Methodist church here and had been active in Ladies’ Aid and in other church work until about two years ago her health began to fail. She was a member of the Rebekah and Pythian Sister lodges.
Mr. and Mrs. Keast had spent all of their married life in this county, nearly 52 years, and experienced all the hardships of the pioneer settlers. Besides her husband and daughters, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Henry Hugg, and one brother, Wallace Shill, both of this county; also by four grandsons, Ralph Renner of Sterling, Kan., and Arlyn, Russell and Wayne Conard of Timken, Kan.; and two great grandchildren Bobbie and Phyllis Renner.
Among those from out of town who attended funeral services were: Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Neese of Warren, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Clock, Freeport, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Hearn, of Marshal, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Lou Potter and daughter, Miss Lucile of Hutchinson, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Conard of Hutchinson, John Renner, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Renner, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Conard, and J. J. Conard, all of La Crosse.
Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

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