Nina May Keene


Nina May Welch Smith Keene, age 79, of Monett, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at her home.  She was born September 1, 1937, in Lincoln Park, Michigan, the daughter of Walter L. and Freda (Collar) Welch.

Nina was a graduate of Verona High School in Verona, Missouri.  She married Charles R. Smith of Cassville, Missouri in 1956 and had three children.  She later became an occupational therapist for the Fulton State Hospital in Fulton, Missouri.  She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Paul Smith and his wife, Donna, of Cassville; two daughters, Paula Parks and her husband, Don, of Camdenton, Missouri and Pam Gayler of Republic, Missouri; one sister, Clara Bounous of Monett; one brother, Walter R. Welch of Purdy, Missouri; one brother-in-law, Dr. Charles Eugene Klinginsmith of Festus, Missouri; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren,

Her parents, Walter and Freda and her sister, Betty Klinginsmith, preceded her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00–7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora.  A memorial service will follow at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Burial will be at the Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora at a later date.

Online condolences may be shared at this website.



6:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home

303 S. Jefferson Ave., Aurora, MO, 65605

  Memorial Service

7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home

303 S. Jefferson Ave., Aurora, MO, 65605


At A Later Date

Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, MO

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Jean McCord

Nina was a good friend of my family..Jerald and Jane Justus. Prayers are with you all.

 Posted August 13, 2017 - 3:21pm
Wayne O Couch

I met Nina Welch, in the fall of 1955. I was dating, Mary Peterson. she and Nina were best friends, a friendship which continued until Nina's death. Although we lived many miles apart, in the early years, they generally visited each at least once a year. In later days they kept in touch by phone to the end.
Nina will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace, Dear Friend.

 Posted August 12, 2017 - 3:21pm

God got a beautiful Angel. Sorry for the families loss of this beautiful sweet lady she will be in our hearts forever.

 Posted August 11, 2017 - 9:23pm
Sue Doss

Spent a ton of time with Betty growing up and she was always proud of her older sisters. Sorry for you loss.

Sue Ann Williams Doss

 Posted August 10, 2017 - 11:43am
Larry & Lisa

Paula and Don, Lisa and I are so sorry for your loss. We know you spent a lot of time with her and that's very valuable time that you will never forget. She took all those moments with her as well. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you as you work through this difficult time.

 Posted August 8, 2017 - 8:59am

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