SALEM - Barbara Ann Keenan, 68, died after a brief, but difficult struggle with Cancer surrounded by family and friends on October 13th, 2016 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.
She is survived by her mother, Mary (Krol) Keenan, her aunt Helen Krol, her cousin Benny Krol, his wife Suzanne and their children, as well as many near and dear friends. Barbara was predeceased by her father, Edward Pennel Keenan of Lynn and her cousin John Krol of New York.
Born and raised in Lynn, she attended Lynn Schools and graduated from Classical High School in 1966. Barbara was accepted to Salem State for the Teachers Education program. She lasted over 3 years, including her student teaching, but at this time she knew she wanted more, to see and expand her horizon, and during her final year, left to become a flight attendant for the Northeast Yellowbird. This provided her the opportunity to travel, see new areas with a fondness for the turnarounds to West Palm and back. In 1972 Northeast became part of the Delta group, she continued her path to Florida, for many of her trips. Her favorite route was the Red Sox Charters, which were very near and dear to her heart. She was with them through the good times and bad and had more autograph balls than anyone. One of the greatest thrills of her life was flying the World Champion Boston Red Sox home from St. Louis after they won the 2004 World Series. The team loved her and when she got sick many called or inquired about how she was doing. Over the years she met many wonderful people and stayed in touch with many.
Barbara "Babette" was a friend to many. She often had "Nick Names" for her friends, such as Mickey, Daphne, Katrina, Jackie, Farm Girl, Hop Sing, Stephen, Mr. Thom-as, Baby-Bob, Papa Kelley, Sid and many more. She took advantage of many of the perks working with the airlines, visiting the West Coast, Las Vegas where she especially enjoyed "Circus Circus" and San Francisco. Her passion was dancing. She loved Disco and would hit all the hot spots on a Saturday evening. She loved many things including the theatre, getting there by limo and any show with lots of tap dancing and singing. While living in Winthrop Halloween was a big occasion for her and her friends affectionately known as "The Derelicts". They enjoyed annual Halloween festivities and made many great memories along the way.
With a truly gregarious personality, when anyone ever met Barbara they never forgot her. Full of life, full of fun Barbara was unforgettable. She will be greatly missed by her family and her family of many friends. She will always be with us in our hearts, and although we will physically miss her, her spirit will always be with us.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Celebration of Life for Barbara Ann Keenan "Babette" will be held in November. Assisting the family with the arrangements is The O'Donnell Funeral Home 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Barbara's memory to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. , Framingham, MA 01701 or to St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 124 Bridge St., Salem, MA 01970. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com
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