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Sue Downey Keyek

April 4, 1937 ~ January 13, 2018 (age 80)

After a brief, unexpected illness, Sue Downey Keyek died in the early hours of January 13, 2018, surrounded by family and love.


Sue was born on April 4, 1937 in Pt. Pleasant, New Jersey. With the exception of a brief sojourn in Kankakee, Illinois, during World War II, Sue spent her childhood in Laurelton and Point Pleasant, graduating from Pt. Pleasant Beach High School in 1955. Sue met the love of her life, Gene, at Glassboro State Teachers College, where she was a cheerleader in the class of 1959 and he a basketball player. An only child, Sue was welcomed into Gene’s large family when the two married in 1959 and Sue acquired the brothers and sisters she had always wanted. Sue and Gene settled in Haddon Township, NJ, enjoyed camping and traveling with their three children, and, in later years, cruising and taking their huge passel of kids and grandkids on amazing vacations. Sue was an extraordinary mother. Birthday parties she threw included construction paper costumes and games for all. Halloween often featured homemade chicken wire and papier-machê costumes such as a magician’s hat, a table set for five, and a tube of toothpaste. A remarkable Girl Scout leader, Sue designed and built a playground from recycled telephone poles and huge wire spindles. Sue enjoyed many happy years teaching fourth grade at Van Sciver School and co-authoring a book on the history of Haddon Township. Too energetic for retirement, Sue started her own business and became an educational records management expert, working throughout New Jersey until she was 79. After Gene’s death, Sue moved to Colorado, where all three of her children live. She delighted all she met in her new home, made many new friends, and was known for spunk, laughter, and colorful garb in classes and the knitting circle at the Arapahoe YMCA. She will be sorely missed.


Sue was the beloved wife of Eugene Joseph Keyek for 54 years; and loving mother of Deborah Keyek-Franssen (Dean) of Lafayette, CO; David Cavanaugh-Keyek (Carrie) of Boulder, CO; and Andrew Ransom-Keyek (Julie) of Steamboat Springs, CO. She was the adored Grandma Sue How-Do-You-Do of Nathaniel, Jonathan, Liam, Maggie, Makenna, Nikolas, and Isabel. Sue was also the loving sister-in-law of Betty Jean Smith (Al), Patricia Rogalski (Greg), Bernadine Keyek, and Jean Keyek; cherished aunt and great aunt of many; dear friend of Patricia and Priscilla; and a friend of many more. She was predeceased by her husband, Gene; parents Leland Wooley Downey and Antoinette Mitchell Downey Mayer; beloved aunt Martha Downey and cousins Dorothy Pearce Daniels and Horace H. Daniels; brothers-in-law Jerry, Jack, and Ron and sister-in-law Joan Keyek.


Celebrations of Sue’s life will be held in Colorado and New Jersey in the coming weeks. Memories and condolences for the family can be left on this site or at


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the YMCA of Boulder Valley (, First Baptist Church of Laurelton (, or a charity of your choosing. Sue’s family extends gratitude to the ICU staff at Good Samaritan in Lafayette and TRU Community Care in Boulder.

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