Patricia Keeney, wife of Al Keeney, pastor of Sierra Vista Baptist Church, Belen, passed away Sept. 5 at the age of 69.
Keeney received a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in art education from the University of New Mexico in 1972. Keeney taught school for 30 years in Texas and New Mexico, retiring from Tomé Elementary School as a preschool teacher. In addition to teaching, Keeney enjoyed art, gardening and animals. She was a devoted pastor’s wife to her husband, Al.
Keeney was preceded in death by her parents, William and Batty Naylor, and an infant daughter, Wendy Dae Keeney.
Keeney is survived by her husband, Al, of Belen; son, Ben Keeney of Seattle, Washington; grandson, William, of Seattle; sisters Sharon Hill of Trinidad, Texas and Deborah Clark of Williamsburg, Kentucky; three nieces and three nephews.
Services for Keeney were held Sept. 9 at Sierra Vista Baptist Church in Belen with Boyd Morerod, pastor of First Baptist Church of Los Chavez, officiating.