Carnell Keeton, the daughter of the late Will and Lucy Ruffin began life’s journey on November 8, 1944 in Pushmataha, AL.
At an early age, she confessed her life to Christ and joined Gilfield Missionary Baptist Church in Pushmataha, AL, where she served faithfully until her health declined.
Carnell started her work career at Choctaw General as a cook but later had a passion to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. For over forty years she worked for what would later become Willow Trace Nursing Center until she retired. After retirement she continued to care for people until her health declined because it was something that she truly loved doing.
Carnell united in holy matrimony to Willie James Keeton who preceded her in death. She was also preceded by six brothers: Alex, Willie Pleas, J.W., Joe Lee, and James Ray; and four sisters: her twin sister Garnell, Maudine, Annie Sue, and Geraldine.
Carnell will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her. She leaves fond memories to be cherished by one brother: Sanders Ruffin of Meridian, MS; one aunt: Mary Curtis of Missouri; five sisters-in-law: Sadie Ruffin of Whynot, MS, Clara Ruffin of Meridian, MS, Sarah West of Mobile, AL, Gloriastein Ruffin and Sarah Ruffin both of Illinois; one devoted niece: Tina (Kenny) Mays of Butler, AL; one faithful friend, Jimmy Reed of Meridian, MS, and a large host of nieces and nephews who she loved dearly.
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