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February 20, 2014

Juanita Keach Gilpin

89; Colonial Beach, Va.

 Juanita Keach Gilpin, 89, Colonial Beach, Va., died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 in Front Royal, Va.

 Wife of the late Vernon Gilpin, she was born Jan. 5, 1925 in New Albany, daughter of the late Corwin and Irene Keach. She moved to Virginia in the 1950s and quickly made her reputation as a gifted seamstress. Her skills took her services to the White House and doing work for the Kennedy’s, Nixon’s and many others in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC areas. She was much loved by her family and well-known for her friendliness and always being ready to give a helping hand to others.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Lawrence and her husband, Don, New Mexico, and Linda  and her husband, Bob, Texas; her caregiver daughter-in-law, Norma Tindle, Virginia; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

 When she reached heaven, she joyously met with her Lord and Savior and also with her parents, brother, Jack Keach, sister, Frieda Melcher and her son, Jackie Lee Tindle.

   Her family is planning a get-together at a later date for a celebration of her life at Colonial Beach United Methodist Church where Juanita taught Sunday School for years.

   Donations can be made in her memory to Colonial Beach United Methodist Women, 1 Washington Avenue, Colonial Beach, VA 22443.

   Arrangements are by Phelps Funeral & Cremation Service, 311 Hope Drive, Winchester, VA 22601.

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