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Keel, Lenore April 21, 1939 - October 31, 2020

Graveside Service

Saturday November 14, 2020

1:00 PM

Osceola Cemetery

Memorial Contributions


Lenore Jean Reed Keel, 81 of Osceola, Missouri passed away peacefully in her home
October 31, 2020, with beloved family by her side. She was born to the late Homer
Hollis Reed and Beulah Vivian Lucille Carmichael Reed Campbell, April 21, 1939 in
Kansas City, Missouri. The late Maude E. Reed, Lenore’s stepmother, was also an
integral part her life. Lenore graduated from Osceola High School in 1957 and later
attended Penn Valley College in Kansas City. Early in her career Lenore was a
Laboratory Technician. She later became a licensed Optician, owning and operating
Vision Optical until her retirement in 2002.

Lenore was predeceased by her two children Bret Dean Keel and Cynthia Lynn Keel.
She is survived by six children: Karen Kay Waite of Stuttgart, Arkansas, Lee Anne
Waite Kaylor (Mike Kaylor) of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Kenneth Del Keel of Osceola,
Missouri, Paul Albert Nuckles of Chelsea, Alabama, Michael Anthony Nuckles of
Osceola, Missouri and Jessica Aileen Nuckles Wright (Darin Wright) of Blue Springs,
Missouri. Lenore is survived by her brother Richard Jay Reed and his wife Deona
Reed of Osceola, Missouri and their children and grandchildren, brother Fred Robert Campbell of Kansas City, Missouri, sister Lynn Lucille Campbell Hemphill of Thousand Palms, California. Lenore’s grandchildren include Michael Bruener, Nicole Bruener Miller, Lindsay and Logan Molock, Abram Parks, Ellise, Adele and Leia Wright, Michael Nuckles, Jr., Mackenzie Keel and Hannah, Chase and Kansas Nuckles. Great grandchildren are Charles and William Miller.

Lenore lived life in the moment with faith and a strong resilience that moved her
forward through times of joy or tragedy. Her love for family showed in her desire to
always be there for her children. She had an endless love for animals and took in
many strays and “grand dogs”. Dogs in need of a home always seemed to find their
way to her door. Her dearest canine friend was her disabled and loveable
Dachshund Poofie. She enjoyed gardening, swimming, reading history, genealogy
and watching old black and white television shows and movies. Gunsmoke being one
of her favorites! Most important were visits with her children, grandchildren and her
brother Rickey Reed. Lenore was also active in politics and tirelessly worked with
the Democratic Party. Her work did not go unnoticed. One of her proudest
moments was receiving a personal thank you letter from President Barack Obama for
her efforts in his campaign. Lenore was a kind, once in a blue moon woman who
will be loved, missed and remembered by many.


  1. REPLY
    Ben Clemons says

    Ben Clemons (Tulsa Welding School) Paul we are so sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved your Mom.

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    Kelly Knepp says

    I worked with Lenore many years through West Central In-Home Services. Lenore was a kind and giving woman. She went above and beyond for her clients. I enjoyed working and talking with her. She will truly be missed.

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    P. Carpenter says

    Ricky: Charles and I are so very sorry for your loss of your sister. She was in Charles’ class!
    Charles and Phyllis Carpenter

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