Gladys Keating, 88, went to be with the Lord March 13, 2021. She resided at Fairview Good Shepherd in Binghamton, NY where she became a member of the Fairview community in 2015. While resident there, she enjoyed activities and events with other residents and staff, as well as visits from her children and grandchildren. She greatly enjoyed her visits with the family's Boston Terriers, Toby and Tucker.
Gladys was predeceased by her parents, Vance and Shirley Moody, her husband Charles DeWayne Keating, sister Leota Johnston, brothers Vaughn Moody and Paul Moody and her favorite Aunt Nona and Uncle Melvin.
She is survived by her children, Kathy (David) Curley, Charles Keating III, Susan Keating Cook and Mary Keating. She is also survived by grandchildren , James Curley, Elizabeth (Richard) Nevin, Lynnette Keating, Colton Keating, Carolyn Cook and Kyle Cook as well as great grandson Sawyer John Nevin. Her sister Thelma Rode and her niece Sandy (Roger) Gardner also survive her.
Gladys was born in May of 1932 in Weston, Maine and attended school in Danforth. Upon High School graduation from Danforth at the age of 18, she travelled to Pennsylvania with her Uncle Melvin where she took up residence with her Aunt Nona in Montrose. She became a member of the Montrose Methodist Church in 1951 where she was baptized. Gladys was then hired by Montrose Savings Bank as a teller. She quickly excelled and was promoted to commercial accounts. She was gifted with numbers and had excellent penmanship that attributed to her success in accounting matters.
She met Charles DeWayne Keating while in Montrose and they married in June of 1954. They resided in Johnson City where they soon started their family. Eventually they would have three children and after their move to their first home on the north side of Binghamton, they had their fourth child.
Gladys became a full-time homemaker and she excelled at cooking and baking. Her sewing skills were displayed in garment making and Barbie doll clothes for her daughters. She was very talented with needle work and hand sewing due to her superior fine motor skills. When she wasn't busy with those hobbies, she could be found making a quilt, rug hooking, crocheting, knitting or doing oil paint by numbers.
She loved to attend her children's school events which included sports, parades, plays and concerts. Gladys enjoyed playing board games, doing puzzles, and very few could win if they participated in any card game with her. In years to come her interest in her grandchildren's activities where also a very enjoyable part of her life.
As the children began leaving the nest, she returned to work outside the home. She rejoined the workforce in 1973. Beginning at the Binghamton City Clerk's office, she was quickly promoted to Vital Statistics department to fulfill birth and death certificate requests. Her next assignment was employment at the Probation office. That was followed by a position with the Office for the Aging where she specialized in quality nutrition meal planning for Seniors. She enjoyed working there immensely.
After retiring, Charles and Gladys moved to Port Dickinson where they became very involved in the community. Gladys held various offices in the Hillcrest Senior Citizens Club. They participated in many trips, parties and picnics. Eventually they took a long trip across the United States with their dear friend Mary Louise Keenan. Seeing many of the nation's landmarks, national monuments and parks along the way. This was the highlight of their golden years. They enjoyed every minute of their trip and brought life long memories home to share.
We would like to thank the residents, staff, nurses, therapist and all those who showed love, compassion and nurturing to our mother. A special shout out to Isabelle and Jennifer who gave so much of their time to increase Gladie's quality of life and help us with Skype. We are forever grateful!
Calling hours will be Friday, March 19th from 4pm to 6pm at the THOMAS J. SHEA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 137 Robinson St. Binghamton, NY. A private service will be held on Saturday for immediate family only. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Good Shepherd Fairview Foundation Inc., 80 Fairview Ave. Binghamton, NY 13904.
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