Pauline Celeste Keegan

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Pauline Celeste Keegan, age 86, peacefully passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2018. She was born on December 15, 1931, in Red Bank, New Jersey, to Joseph and Anastasia (Swiatkowski) Domzal. She is preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Josephine Spernal, and Florence Witkowski. Pauline was a woman of many talents. She worked as a fashion designer in NYC, until she resigned for a better position as a devoted wife and mother. She married the love of her life, Robert Keegan, in 1954 and they lived for nineteen years in New York prior to moving to Northwest Arkansas in 1973. They were committed to raising their six children, and being involved in the things that mattered to them; such as the performing arts, fine dining, their church community, gardening, and the Razorbacks. She was a devoted Catholic and remained very involved with the church over the years. She also volunteered with the Ozark Literacy Council, teaching reading to those who speak English as a second language. She returned to school when her children were older, attending college at the same time as several of her children. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas in Horticulture Journalism. For many years she wrote an article entitled "Ask A Master" that was published regularly in local newspapers and volunteered answering gardening questions at the Coop Ext. Office. Pauline was a Master Gardener and was one of the founders of the Master Gardener Association here in Northwest Arkansas. She was an active advocate for a botanical garden in this region and is one of the charter members of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. She also co-designed the landscaping for St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Starr Rd in Fayetteville, among other projects. She raised orchids and was a charter member, and served as president, of the Orchid Society of the Ozarks. She is survived by her loving husband, Robert "Bob" Keegan of the home; her six children, Daria Winker and husband Ronald of St. Louis, Missouri, Clair McCormick and husband Robert of San Antonio, Texas, Brice Keegan and wife Jean of Annapolis, Maryland, Martha Fleury and husband John of Bethesda, Maryland, Grace Johnson of Fayetteville, and Matthew Keegan of Prairie Grove; twenty grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held from 5:00–7:00pm on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 603 N. Leverett Ave., Fayetteville, Ark., 72701. A funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church at 1722 N. Starr Dr., Fayetteville, Ark., 72701. Private Family Interment. A Reception will follow at the Butterfield Trail Village Lodge, 1923 E. Joyce Blvd, Fayetteville, Ark., 73703. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at or to the Botanical Garden of The Ozarks at To sign the online guest book, visit

Published April 30, 2018

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