Marlene J. Keaton

January 22, 1935 ‒ January 20, 2021

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Marlene J. Keaton, age 85, of Mount Vernon, Ohio passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter Linda Beck, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Marlene retired from K-Mart Stores, manager of the watch & jewelry department with 17 years service.

Born in Toledo, Ohio to Clarence James Roberts and Lillian Eleanor (Bolczak) Roberts. Marlene was very proud of the offices she held at the Waters Edge Homeowners Association as part of the Welcoming Committee and Treasurer.  She was also a long time active member of the Lioness Club, where she held many offices including presidency. Mom was an avid euchre player, animal lover, avid camper, and spent many summer months at Kelly’s Island and childhood vacations in Canada on Lake Erie.

Marlene is survived by her children, Deborah (Doug) Copas, Vicki (Todd) Phillips, James (Sherri) Mullins, Mary Frazee, Linda (Bob) Beck, Steve (Shelly) Mullins, 21 grandchildren & 19 great grandchildren. Also surviving, Marlene’s dear sister Eleanor “Lea” Braskett.

She was preceded in death by first husband Richard Mullins, second husband George Keaton, sister Virginia Roberts, dear brother-in-law Richard Braskett, loving daughter Carolyn “Susie” Ryder and dear son-in-law Kevin Frazee.

In remembrance of Marlene’s life please consider a donation to Hospice of Knox County or The Knox County Animal Shelter in memory of Marlene Keaton. Many thanks to Brookdale Assisted Living and Hospice of Knox County for the care you showed our mom Marlene.

The family will hold a private service at a later date in Harrison Twp. Cemetery, South Bloomfield, Ohio.  The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Marlene Keaton.  To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit, 

  • Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
    “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10
    Love Larry and Pilar

  • So sorry to hear of your mom and grandmas passing. May all of the precious memories and love you had with her carry you through this difficult time. Love and Hugs to you all.

  • To all of her children, I have many fond memories of your Mom when you lived on S. Ohio.
    I remember she stripped all the woodwork in that house working a little each day until it was all done!
    I remember when she would nap in the afternoon and tell us girls to wake her up at 2 Bells or 3 Bells, whatever time she wanted up. I had never heard that before and never forgot it.
    I remember she loved her guinea pigs Buzz & Little Girl and later a rabbit named Dutch, I believe.
    I am sorry for your loss and I’m keeping you all in my prayers..💕
    Tammy Sayre Dicken

  • So very sorry to hear about the loss of your families matriarch. Sending love and big hugs 🙏.

  • I am so sorry for your loss, I just found out about her passing. I used to worked at Brookdale and Marlene was definitely one of my favourites. I loved and cared for her very much, she was a sweetheart. I’d get her to laugh at the silliest things she would laugh at me and that always made me smile. She always talked about her daughters, her love for animals and she loved Elvis. I miss her.
    Again, my condolences, I’m sorry for your loss.
    Sincerely, Jon Giffin

  • So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was almost like a second mother to me in high school. We had a lot of great times as neighbors. She is surely missed. My prayers are for all of you during this time.

  • We are very sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing. She was a happy person…always smiling and laughing . Dad enjoyed her company and will miss seeing her. Prayers are with Marlene’s family.
    Joe Miller
    Becky Brownfield

  • Just heard about your Mom.sympathy to you and your family.She was a sweet lady and will be missed.

  • I’m so sorry for the family’s loss. I knew Marlene when I was an aide . I absolutely adored her. She would always love to talk about my jewelry , and how fun it was. We always had funny chats , and she adored her animals. She was truly a beautiful sole .

  • So many fond memories of your mother. I always remember your mother telling my dad “Birds of a feather flock together, Joe” So sorry for your loss . She was such a beautiful and fun loving lady. My parents often talk about her and George. They wanted me to send their condolences also.