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Dorothy Irene (Koehn) Keene, age 90, of Lansing, passed away January 22, 2020. Dorothy was born June 4, 1929, in Valley Farms MI, to the late Julius and Eva (Belbeck) Koehn.

As a child of the great depression, Dorothy developed great strength and perseverance as well as an independent spirit. She worked many different jobs over her many years including manufacturing for a company producing early versions of skateboards in the early 1970s. Dorothy loved to play Bingo and go to the Casino (She won many times at both the casino and bingo) or just sit and chat over coffee with her family and friends. She will be remembered by her family as one of the greatest armchair Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune contestants of all time.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Richard (Linda) Silvers, Connie Silvers, Jamie Silvers, Alan Keene, Kathy Keene, Debby (Royce) Rice, and Kerry Keene; her beloved grandchildren, Suzanne Eggleston, Richy Silvers, Melissa Watkins, Wendy Totoris, Michelle Hannay, Lori Feier, Denise Monroe, Michael Silvers, Phillip Silvers, Alina Parish, Mary Keene, Micah Moore, Jenica Prescott, Jamin Moore, Arianna Blashkiw, Spencer Leach, Michael Colwell, Jason Colwell, Melissa McKinney, Daniel Scribner, Michael Keene, and Jennifer Keene; numerous great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Survived by her sister Marilyn Messenger.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her former husband, Alvis Grant Keene; son, Michael John Silvers; grandson, Cory A.Monroe; grandson, Bradley Silvers; great granddaughter, Kearra Marie Hernandez; and great granddaughter, Brittany Lee Colwell; and great great grandson, Willie Leon Wilson.

No formal service is planned for Dorothy as she would have preferred you get together with each other often and reminisce.

Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there I did not die. Mary Elizabeth Frye


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  1. Wendy Totoris on February 27, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Grandma Dorothy, sorry this is so late. Life was just getting crazy when you passed. You daughter, my mother, Connie was in the middle of a crisis, and then the whole world stopped because of Covid. I do have so many memories of you. Some good, some not so much. But I realize now how flawed we all can be. You legacy is your children, and their children, and so on. I hope you are at peace, and at rest with our Heavenly Father. It was only today that it hit me that your daughter passed less than 5 months after you. My prayer is that you are both reunited now, together, no more pain or sorrow. May you both be at rest, enjoying each other, in the presence of God and all his angels.

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