Rena H. McKeighan, 89,

Rena H. McKeighan, 89, of Salem, passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon in her home.  Born Feb. 10, 1920, in Middletown Springs, Vt., she was the daughter of the late Melvin Harvey and Luna Katherine (Perry) Haskins. 

Rena graduated from Granville High School. She worked on the family farm for many years and at one time was the postmaster of the Rupert, Vt., post office.  Rena also worked at the Snowbird in Salem. She handmade dresses, wedding gowns and coats, and was an expert at crafts. She was very talented at sewing, quilting, making braided rugs, crewel, knitting and crocheting. Rena excelled at Scrabble and enjoyed the competition of a good card game, especially with her friends at the Rupert Library. Rena was a member of the Congregational Church of Rupert where she was a past deacon. She attended Rupert Leisures and was a member of Home Demonstration. 

She loved history and was very interested in genealogy and politics. She had a green thumb, proven by her beautiful flowers. Being outdoors was where she was most at peace. Rena’s love and devotion to her family was an important part of her life. She was loved and adored in return.

Rena is survived by her children, Kathleen Whittet and her husband, Alfred, of Saratoga Springs, Jack McKeighan and his wife, Deborah, of Salem; and Jerry McKeighan of Salem.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, Renee Whittet Galloway, DeeAnn Whittet, Ethan McKeighan and Grace McKeighan; and great-grandson Gavin Galloway, as well as by many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her husband, William McKeighan, who passed away July 20, 2001; sisters, Emma Peel and Meta McKeighan; and a brother, Harvey Haskins.

Funeral services were held at noon on Monday, Aug. 10, at the Congregational Church of Rupert, Route 153, Rupert, with the Rev. Mary Beth Hutchinson officiating.  Calling hours were held Monday prior to the service at the church. Interment followed the service at the Rupert Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions in memory of Rena may be made to the Congregational Church of Rupert, P.O. Box 87, Rupert, Vt. 05768; or the Salem Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 360, Salem, N.Y. 12865.

To share a memory of Rena, please visit www.mcclellanfuneralservice.com

 

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