Kathryn Keeney

Kathryn "Kay" Keeney (Sellard)

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
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Kathryn I. "Kay" Keeney, age 66 of Caton, NY passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

Born on April 21, 1954 in Corning, NY, she was the daughter of the late Beverly (Sellard) Stone. Kay was a graduate of Corning-Painted Post West High School, class of 1972. She married Ivan Keeney on July 8, 1972. Kay spent her early years caring for her children before attending Elmira College later in life to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher. Kay worked as a preschool teacher at Children's House II for 11 years before becoming a teacher at Carder Elementary School for 20 years where she loved helping kids any way she could.

Kay loved being with her family and friends. She and Ivan loved to travel and go camping. She enjoyed cooking, baking and sewing. Her granddaughters were the sparkle in her eyes. Kay will be remembered most for always wanting to help whenever she could. But most of all, she will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and teacher to all.

Kay is survived by her husband of 48 years; Ivan; daughters: Tonya (Brad) Conaway of Caton, NY, Cori (Eric Kelsey) Keeney of Pine City, NY; granddaughters: Kaylyn and Ashlyn Conaway of Caton, NY; siblings: Richard (Candy) Stone of Corning, NY, Ron (Linda) Stone of Lindley, NY; sister-in-law, Carol Stone of Caton, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her mother, Kay was predeceased by her brother, Roy E. Stone and sister, Lydia Stone.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning has been entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Kay’s name may be sent to the: Community Foundation of Horseheads, c/o Kay Keeney Memorial Scholarship, 301 S. Main St., Horseheads, NY 14845 or by visiting - this scholarship will be given to a disadvantaged student who is college or technical school bound or to Carefirst, 3805 Meads Creek Rd, Painted Post, NY 14870.
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    Elmwood Cemetery
    Hendy Hollow Road
    Corning, New York 14830
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Sandra Klem Gustina

Posted at 11:27am
Ivan and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending thoughts of calm and peace during this difficult time.
Sandy KLEM Gustina

Mary Louise Crans

Posted at 02:03pm
Dave and I were sorry to hear of Kay's death. She will sadly be missed.

Crystal Chaffee

Posted at 01:17pm
My condolences to the family. You were a wonderful teacher Mrs. Keeney. Thank you for all you did. The world will miss a wonderful person like you.


Posted at 06:53am
So very sorry. My heart is broken for all that knew her. She was a great teacher at Carder School. She influenced so many students in such a positive way. She had a heart of gold. She was so loved and will be missed by so many. Thank you, Kay, for being there for my daughter for so many years even after she left Carder School!

Sue Ellis

Posted at 06:17am
I am so sorry for your loss Ivan and family. We went to school together.

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