1944 ~ 2017 Jackie Emma Madsen Keener, age 72, passed away on February 12, 2017 in Murray, Utah. She was born on July 24, 1944 to Ivy Bell Madsen and Robert Madsen. She married Roy A. Keener. Jackie Emma Madsen Keener had an adventurous streak that showed up young. At the age of 4 she and her sister on a dare hopped on a bus in Mt. Pleasant expecting to end up at grandma's house in Fountain Green but rather ended up in SLC. She never lived that down. As Irish twins, Jackie and her sister Dixie were very close their entire lives. Talking on the phone frequently and visiting when they could. As a young girl she had a talent with the accordion and often played at local weddings. She met Roy A Keener in 1973 at a local watering hole and they fell in love. He was a kind wonderful man and she took great care of him. In 1979 they moved to Georgia. She loved the hospitality of the South and found lifelong friends. In 1989 moved back to Utah to be closer to the rest of her family. She was a talented gardener and home decorator. She could be found all summer long tending to her immaculate yard. She took great pride in her gardening and home. She never met a stranger. People were always confiding in her whether they were new or old friends. In that spirit she also did a lot of volunteering. She worked at the food bank, helped serve breakfast to the homeless and frequently took on families in need of sub for Santa. She had a bread run for years picking up day old bread from local stores and taking it to the local food pantry. She loved helping anyone she could and loved being a good friend. She and Roy were very social and loved entertaining. She was also very politically inclined and passed that passion onto her family. She cherished family and her living room was wall to wall pictures of them. She carried on the family tradition of going to Mount Pleasant and decorating Graves for memorial day. We would spend the trips hearing the family history along the way. She passed peacefully after a long battle with a very rare illness called Castleman's disease. We would like to thank Dr. Frame and staff and Dr. McPherson and staff for finally making the diagnosis and quickly becoming experts to help her live a long healthy life. She is survived by daughter, Karla Peterson-Paulson (Neal Paulson); sister, Dixie Sattazahn; and grandchildren, Amanda Stookey and Brandon Jackson. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ivy Madsen; father, Robert Madsen; husband, Roy A. Keener; and daughters, Kim Keener and Bobbi Jackson. We will be holding an open house for those who want to pay their respects on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 12-2 p.m. at 106 Lester Avenue, Murray, Utah. There was a private family burial on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
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