Betty Lou (Black) Keating, 74, passed away at her home with her husband by her side Feb. 9, 2021. She was born June 24, 1946, in Thorndike, the youngest child of Lewis and Dorothy (Chapman) Black.

Betty worked for many years at Brooks Drug Store, was a former owner of The Belfast Answering Service, and then retired after many years as office manager at Maine Port Tow Boats and Penobscot Bay River Pilots. Betty’s pride and joy was being Nana to her two granddaughters, Hillary and Katie. She never missed a sporting event or dance recital her grandchildren were in. She enjoyed countless hours watching them, cheering for them and their fellow teammates. Betty was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling with her family.

Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Grace (Black) Merrithew, Theodore “Teddy” Black, Kenneth “Red” Black, William ‘Billy” Black and his wife, Charlene, John “Jackie” Black; her brothers-in-law, Thomas Brooks, Ernie Young, Jerry Harford and Jeff Harford; and sister-in-law Judy Keating.

Betty is survived by her husband of 50 years, Robert B. Keating; her two children, Kevin Keating and his spouse, Steven, and Wendy Keating-Seekins and her husband, Benjamin; her two granddaughters, Hillary Seekins and Kathryn Seekins and fiancé Kenneth Royster; her extended in-law family, Rodney Merrithew, Phyllis Brooks, Edward Keating and wife Karen, Ronald Harford and wife Mackie, Marcia Harford, William Harford and wife Pam, Joni Smith and husband Richard, Ethel Whitcomb and husband Rusty and Stephen Harford and wife Jane; as well as special nieces Cindy Seekins and Catherine Carroll, and many other nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Betty’s caregivers, Darcey Fraser and Vanessa Williams of Kindred Hospice, as well as, Lynda Garnett and Heidi Gardner.

A graveside service will be held May 21 at 2 p.m. at Smart Cemetery in Belfast. Arrangements are with Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast.

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