Pauline Rose Keeton, of Melbourne, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at the age of 94.
Pauline was born on October 22, 1927, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Kurt William and Graffie Olivia (Allen) Drapelt. She graduated from Queens College in New York City and worked as a nurse before settling in Tampa, Florida near her parents. It was there Pauline met and married her husband, John.
Pauline and John were active members of the Officers Club at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa where Pauline enjoyed socializing and exchanging cooking recipes.
Pauline was also an avid reader, gardener, and traveler. During her life, she traveled to countries all over the world and particularly enjoyed her time in Europe, Saudi Arabia, and China. At home, she could be found cross-stitching or relaxing with her notorious, Yellow-Crested Cockatoo, “Mecca.” Pauline’s career as a nurse transitioned into a lifelong passion that led to years of volunteering at Memorial Hospital and Life’s Treasures of Hospice.
Pauline was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. She is survived by two daughters, Deborah and Carol, five grandchildren, Courtland, Ashley, Morgana, Christopher, and Edward, and four great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Olivia, Khaki, and Kellen. She is preceded by her daughter Lorna, husband John, and countless other loved ones.
The family would like you to make a donatation, in honor of Pauline, to your favorite charity.