Carol Genell Keown
Carol Gennell Keown, 83, passed away Nov. 3, 2019, at her home in Anderson, after a long battle with cancer.
She was born Jan. 17, 1936, to Effie and William Morris in Dalton City, Illinois.
Genell graduated from Bethany High School in 1953. She worked at Illinois Bell and then advertising at a local newspaper while raising her family and serving her church. She retired from the United States Postal Service as a rural carrier in Pendleton in 1999 after more than 20 years of faithfully delivering mail in the Indiana heat, rain, sleet, snow, and even blizzards.
Her real passion was music, however and was an accomplished pianist and choir director. She served as a director for over 50 years, leading several church choirs including, Prairie Avenue Christian Church in Decatur, Illinois and First Christian Church in Edina, Missouri. Also, several churches in Indiana including Wolcott Christian, Pendleton Christian, Chesterfield Christian, and New Horizons and Saint Matthew United Methodist Church both in Anderson.
Genell is survived by her children, Tim Keown of Anderson, Kim Keown of Powell, Ohio, and Chris Keown of Indianapolis; longtime friend and companion, Mike Skorpuski of Noblesville; her twin sister, Jeanette Cochran of Saratoga Springs, New York; brother, William Morris of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister, Mary Dolan of Sullivan, Illinois; brother-in-law, Robert Primmer of Findlay, Illinois; grandchildren, Hannah and Noah of Wisconsin; numerous nieces and nephews; and her loving, faithful, fur ball of a lap cat, Ollie.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Emma Lou Pirmmer; brother-in-law, Stanley Dolan; brother-in-law, Leon Cochran; and sister-in-law, Erna Morris.
Genell's dry wit and humor will be missed but has been consistently instilled and frequently practiced by her children, who will attempt to carry on her humor for the years to come.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1512 N. Madison Ave., with a reception immediately after the service. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. (CST) Friday, Nov. 8 at Marrowbone Twp Cemetery, Bethany, Illinois.
Arrangements were entrusted to Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Service & Crematory.
Published on November 5, 2019


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Paige (Konz) Carter
Nov 08, 2019
Genell was my choir director at Chesterfield Christian Church. She encouraged myself and my sisters to share our voices and even suggested we sing with my entire family one Sunday! Mom, Dad and two sisters. A one time thing I will never forget. She encouraged me to harmonise, play the bells and even help her with the younger children’s choir. (Which helped me to be a children’s choir leader in the future) And I will always hear her say to sing “what you” and not sing “whachu”! In a song! I will always remember her with fond memories. Blessing to your family.
Janice felix
Nov 05, 2019
I remember your mother very well! She was such a beautiful lady and always had a smile. We named our daughter Janell and she would comment that her name was spelled with a G. May the Lord hold you in His hands during this difficult time. Love and prayers, Jan Felix
Nanette Cox
Nov 05, 2019
Genell was a very special choir director at St Matthew. She brought the best out of us with laughter and fun. She was a true example of a faithful servant. I will miss her and remember her with love and appreciation.