Long Time MTC Member passed away on June 19, 2021

Barbara J. Keddie, 93, passed away on June 19, 2021, the day of her wedding anniversary. She was born in Water­ville,Maine on October 16, 1927, and married Robert (Bob) Keddie in 1948. They raised two daughters in Brockton, Massachusetts, where she operated her own bookkeeping business.


In 1982, upon Bob’s retirement, the couple moved to Sarasota, Florida, where Barbara lived for thirty-one years. She worked as a bookkeeper all three decades for Fred Starling. Barbara be­ longed to the Manasota Track Club, where she participated in local races as a racewalker. She was a participant in the Senior Olympics three times, and racewalked the marathon at the age of 73, the oldest woman to finish that particular race. She continued to race into her eighties,becoming an inspiration to many.

At the age of 85, she moved to New Mexico, to be close to her daughter, Gail.

She was always a genuinely kind person, a de­ voted mother, wife and friend, who cared about the less fortunate, and loved animals, especially her dog, Moxie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, mother (Estelle H amlet), father (Anicet Blais), brother (Dick Blais), and best friends (Ruth and Charlie Finocchiaro). She leaves behind her two daughters and son-in-law, Arlene Keddie and Gail and Rudy Herrera.

There be no formal service, Instead of flow­ers, please consider a donation to a food pantry