Barbara P. R. Keenan

Oct 05, 2020
Barbara Keenan

Lincolnville — Barbara Palmyra Ratermann Keenan, also known as GiGi, age 94, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, peacefully at home.

Barbara was born Aug. 5, 1926, in El Paso, Texas, to Julius Augustus and Helen Longuemire Ratermann. She graduated from the Loretta Academy in El Paso and attended the local college.

She married Edward Thomas Keenan from Long Island, N.Y., June 10, 1950, in El Paso, Texas. Barbara and Ed built a rich and meaningful life full of travel, sailing, and raised seven children together.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; father Julius; mother Helen; brothers Buddy and Andrew and sisters, Mary, Helen and Francis.

She is survived by her seven children Thomas (Jeanette), Palmyra (David), Christoper (Mary), Kevin, Andy (Carole), Kathleen (Ken) and James, 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Barbara was a devout Catholic, always volunteering for the less fortunate. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Good Hope in Camden. She had many passions in life, and was an amazing dancer, loved birds and trees, jigsaw puzzles, card games and 5 p.m. wine time.

In her words, “I love my wine and my life.” Her biggest accomplishment were her children, whom she loved deeply. It is impossible to summarize 94 years of living in words, being kind to each other was important to Barbara.

Donations may be made online to the Catholic Appeal, Portland Diocese at When you think of Barbara, say a Hail Mary for peace and love around the world.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

To share a memory or condolence with the Keenan family, visit their Book of Memories at

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