Obituary: Thelma Keane

Haddonfield resident, late of Marlton, dies.

Thelma Keane (nee Adams) passed away on Oct. 5 at the age of 91. 

She was a longtime resident of Haddonfield before moving to the Wiley Christian Community in Marlton in 2008 with her beloved late husband James O. Keane Jr. She was the devoted mother of Robert (Elisa) of Haddon Township, Carol K. (Fred) Walker of Richmond, Va., Janet Keane of Cherry Hill, and the late Gary J. Thelma was also a loving grandmother of Thomas, Christopher (Cari) and Emilie Keane, Melissa and Julie Walker, Megan Garvey (Michael) and the late Michelle Carroll.  She was the dear sister of the late Joan Murphy. 

Thelma was raised on her family’s dairy farm in Medford, where she loved milking the cows and showing her prized cow, Bessie, at the 4H shows. After graduating high school, she worked as a secretary for Campbell Soup. Prior to getting married, her adventurous spirit took her on a solo trip out west, the highlight of which was a mule ride down to Phantom Ranch in the Grand Canyon.  

Thelma enjoyed going to dances as a young lady and this is where she met her beloved husband, Jim. She was a loving, devoted mother, a talented cook and seamstress and dedicated leader of her daughters’ Girls Scout troops, as well as an active member of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church for many years. She enjoyed being with her family and travelling with her husband and sister. Thelma loved hugs and blowing kisses to family and staff at Wiley. She was a kind, gentle soul who will be missed by all. 

Thelma’s service will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Thelma may be made to Wiley Employee Appreciation Fund, 99 E. Main St., Marlton, N.J. 08053 or the charity of your choice.