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Marie Potter Keeney

February 5, 1922 — April 18, 2015

Dorothy Marie Potter Keeney, age 93, of Wyalusing, PA passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, April 18, 2015 at the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital. Marie was born on Sugar Hill on February 5, 1922, the first child of the late Lewis and Susie Kintner Potter. She graduated from Wyalusing High School, class of 1940, and in 1943 married Dennis Keeney. They made their home on Oak Hill, welcoming four children into the world, before his untimely passing in 1956. Always a hard worker, Marie used her cooking and baking talents at the Wyalusing Rocks Restaurant, the Wyalusing Valley High School cafeteria, the Chattaway Restaurant, as proprietor of the Wyalusing Restaurant, and finished her career at the Friedenshutten. Her pies and cinnamon buns remain legendary. She also sold Avon for forty-six years, retiring when she reached ninety. Marie played piano for family gatherings and for the Hollenback Methodist Church, playing by ear with a beat straight from the blues. For fun, she worked in her vegetable gardens, played cards with anyone who would, and could be seen at many local school sporting events over the past thirty-five years. Marie remained inquisitive about people and events around the world her whole life, but she drew her strength and happiness from her large and loving family. Marie is survived by brother Joseph K. Potter, sister Janet Logan, son D. Terry Keeney (Barbara), daughter Susan Burgess (David), son Tracy Keeney (Christine), and daughter Allyson Smith (Stephen). Marie (Mammy) specifically asked to name all her grandchildren: Dana Keeney Beyer (Thomas), Matthew Cobb (Sharon), Robyn Keeney Lacy (John), Dennis Girven (Marie), Marci Girven Dake (Jody), Maggie Keeney Major (Art), John Keeney (Nikki), Jeffrey Keeney (Kristin), Chadd Smith (Dena), Andrew Smith (Kelly), and Cameron Smith (Kaela). Mammy is also survived by great grandchildren T.J. Beyer, Sarah and Drew Girven, Alexander and Brandon Dake, Riley and Grady Cobb, Abby, Thomas, and Finley Major, Elin, Wynn, and Jett Keeney, Julia and Jack Lacy, and Baylie, Zoe, Laurel, and Lucy Smith. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews and numerous close friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12:00 P.M. at the Hollenback Methodist Church, Hollenback, PA with Rev. Nick Keeney and Rev. Cameron Smith co-officiating. Friends and family may call at the church on Tuesday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to Hollenback United Methodist Church, PO Box 155, Wyalusing, PA 18853. To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Marie Potter Keeney, please visit our flower store.


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