Eula “Dee” Keating

Eula “Dee” Keating

Eula “Dee” Keating

Cedar Rapids

Eula “Dee” Keating, 92, passed away peacefully following a short illness on July 2, 2023, surrounded by her family.

Dee was born Jan. 10, 1931, in Manhattan, Kan., to Velma (Abernathey) and Orville Soupene. She graduated from Manhattan High School in 1948 and attended Kansas State University where she met her future husband, Bernard Keating. They were married Nov. 29, 1952, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan, Kan. They enjoyed 70 years of a beautiful marriage and were blessed with three children – Ellen (Steve) Tucker, Tom (Amy) Keating, and Marianne (Leo) Riester.

Dee was a wonderful wife and mother, never raising her voice, and showing only love, patience, and affection her entire life. She was a stay-at-home mother until beginning work as a secretary when the family settled in Iowa in 1962 where she was a hard worker and gave her best in everything she did. She enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, reading, and was a wonderful cook, but would always stop whatever she was doing to be an understanding ear or give a hug to anyone who needed her. She invited her children and their families for a dinner every Saturday night for many years. As she got older, she continued visiting her entire family every weekend until the very end. Her faith was everything to her, always putting everyone else ahead of herself, and she will be forever cherished.

In addition to her husband and children, she will be deeply missed by nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, as well as her brother Bill (Macey) Soupene and sister Phyllis (Bill) Boon, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother (Jim Soupene), and sisters (Iris Dawson and Lois Zimmerman).

Visitation will be at Cedar Memorial Westside Chapel on Thursday, July 6, 2023, from 4 to 7 p.m. with prayer vigil beginning at 4 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Cedar Rapids on Friday, July 7, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials in Dee’s memory may be directed to St. Patrick’s Church or the Oldorf Hospice House.

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