September 30, 1921 — December 19, 2015

Martha C. Keene, age 94, went to be with our Lord December 19, 2015. She was born in Riverside, CA, September 30, 1921, the first daughter of Drs. Elbert T. and Lucille K. Bartholomew. She leaves behind one sister, Lois J. Huxtable of Escondido, CA, and 6 children, Robert C. Keene, Brian R. Castle, Thomas J. Keene, Betsy J. Wegner, Thomas B. Castle, and Nancy K. Hinshaw, three from each of two loving marriages. She is predeceased by her first husband, Robert C. Castle, her second husband, John (Jack) S. Keene, and two more children, John S. Keene, Jr. and David A. Castle. She is also missed by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

As the spiritual pillar of her family, Martha lived her Christian life through her steadfast focus on meeting the needs of others by countless acts of love and concern. Her love and commitment to God, family and friends was expressed through her many gifts as a compassionate and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother, faithfilled servant of God, sensitive teacher and tutor, committed volunteer, spirited musician, avid traveler, clever poetess and author/illustrator of endearing children’s stories.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3700 Union Av., Bakersfield, CA, on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 1pm. A reception will immediately follow in Eisenhower Hall at the same location.

Remembrances may be made to the “Stitch In Time” Prayer Shawl Ministry which Martha started at Northminster Presbyterian Church, Bakersfield, CA.


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