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Becky Lee Keeling

February 5, 2011 by

Becky Lee Keeling, 52, of La Grande, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at her residence after a long battle with cancer.
Becky was born April 12, 1958 in Lakeview, daughter of Thomas (Ben) and Virginia L. (Bartholomew) Vernon. She grew up in Lakeview and graduated from Lakeview High School. After attending Oregon State University, Becky moved to LaGrande to live and work in various positions. She married local businessman Don Keeling in 1988. Both active, prominent members of the community they became Realtors and opened the ReMax Real Estate agency with partners Shawna and Randy McKinnis. She continued to be active in the business after husband Don passed away in 2005.
For many years Becky was involved with the Union County Chamber Board, a member of the Union County Planning commission, and served on the board of Blue Mountain Humane Society. Becky was also instrumental in planning and organizing the Ag-Timber parade.
Becky started skiing at Warner Canyon ski area outside of Lakeview as a young child.  After moving to La Grande she joined the ski patrol at Anthony Lakes and was an active member for over 20 years. She became an Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) Technician, an OEC Instructor and an Instructor Trainer in the National Ski Patrol System.  She held the Southern Idaho Region position of Outdoor Emergency Care Advisor and was Patrol Director for one term at Anthony Lakes.  She was an excellent trainer and assisted many new candidates in learning the skills of treating trauma on the mountain.  The ski patrol became Becky’s passion and her social family.  Raised on a cattle ranch in southern Oregon, Becky loved the outdoors, was an avid skier, snowmobiler, horse woman and a great First Aider!
She was preceded in death by her husband Don Keeling.
Becky is survived by her parents Ben and Virginia Vernon of Lakeview; brothers and sisters-in-law Jack and Debra Vernon of Lakeview and Tom and Brandy Vernon of Portland; one niece; one nephew; stepson Sean; stepdaughters Jackie and Stacy.
Her Memorial Service was on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at the Lighthouse Church in Island City.
Becky’s family requests that donations in honor of Becky be made to Anthony Lakes Ski Patrol, Blue Mountain Humane Society, or a charity of the donor’s choice, in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.

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