Althea B. Keene King | Lewiston’s Sun Journal
Lewiston – Althea B. Keene King, 98, from Western Poland passed away on Friday July 16, 2021. Althea was born to Clara Bell Strout Keene and Fred Keene on May 10, 1923, 4e line of 8 children.
Straight out of high school, she went to Connecticut to visit a friend and ended up staying and working as a secretary at Pratt-Whitney. Here she met the love of her life Willis King. After their marriage they lived in Springfield, Massachusetts for a while, then returned to Maine living on Tripp Lake and after a bit in their home on Megquier Hill in western Poland. During this time, she worked first as a secretary and then as an executive assistant to the president of Marcal Paper.
After their retirement, Bill and Althea bought a sailboat and sailed from Portland to Florida where they spent the winter, then returned home. Eventually, they bought a house in Florida where they spent the winter months and summers in Maine. After Bill’s death in Florida, she returned to Maine for good.
She loved to sew and was passionate about quilts, one of which was entirely hand-sewn. She was a kind and generous person loved by all who knew her. She will be missed.
She was predeceased by her parents; and sisters Gertrude Fuller, Eleanor Thurlow and Roselyn Emery; and brothers Howard Keene and Shirley Keene.
She is survived by brothers Norman Keene and Hugh Keene; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at 4 East of the Pavillon d’Youville for the good care provided over the past 3 years.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday August 7 at 11 a.m. at Highland Cemetery in Western Poland. Arrangements are made by Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 26 W. Dwinal St., Mechanic Falls. Online condolences can be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com