June Henrietta Keating, 97, who lived most of her life in Minot, died Friday, April 11, 2014, in Grand Rapids, Minn., where she and her husband, Irving, moved in 1997. She was a member of the Westlie family that founded the Minot automobile dealership, and the wife of the founder of I. Keating Furniture World.
She was born June 28, 1916, in Parshall, the daughter of Henry H. and Ellen (Nelson) Westlie. She moved with her family to Minot in 1921 when Westlie Motor Company was established. Raised in Minot, she graduated from Minot High School in 1934. She attended the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, earning a degree in the field of medical technology. She returned to Minot and worked in the laboratory at Trinity Hospital.
She married Irv Keating on Jan. 22, 1940. They made their home in Minot where they raised their children and were involved in a number of community activities. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, and a volunteer at the Minot YWCA and the Minot Vocational Workshop, now known as KALIX. She played bridge, and with her husband, participated in events at the Minot Country Club. She enjoyed a wide range of music, including opera, the work of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, and the gospel music of Elvis Presley. She was a member of the Minot Symphony Association.
June was a smart, stylish and down-to-earth woman. She drew much joy from tending her flower garden and hiking Minot’s pathways, especially in Oak Park. She and her husband did some travelling in the United States and abroad before moving to Grand Rapids.
She is survived by: her husband of 74 years, Irving; daughter, Kim Keating, Grand Rapids; sons, Gordon (Marlyn), Seattle, Robert (Jill), Oceanside, Calif., Bruce (Toni) and Pat, all Minot; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a brother, James (Maidie), of Minot and Scottsdale, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Carol Westlie, Seattle; nieces, Tiffany (Miles) Pondelik, New York City, and Mary Ellen Westlie, Littleton, Colo.; nephews, Todd (Rita) Westlie, Palm Desert, Calif., John Westlie, Burlington, and Mark Westlie, Minot.
Funeral: Thursday, April 24, 2 p.m., in Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot. A memorial service will be held in Grand Rapids later in the spring.
Visitation: Wednesday, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to KALIX or to the donor’s choice.
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