FORT WORTH, Texas -- Mary Patricia "Pat" Carlton Barefield Keck, 91, passed away on Dec. 1, 2017 in Ft. Worth, Texas. She was the second daughter of the late Iris Lovellette Carlton Grace and the late Holmes Roseberry Carlton and was pre-deceased by her brother, Holmes Robert Carlton and her sister, Yvonne Carlton Haeberle. She was born on November 2, 1926 in Keensburg, Illinois. She married the late James Louis Barefield in 1951 from Texarkana, Arkansas and the late William H. Keck in 1982 from Mt. Vernon, Indiana.

Pat is survived by her son, James Carlton Barefield (wife Kimberley) of Crested Butte, Colorado, and her daughter, Jennifer Ann Barefield Stewart (husband, the late Mark Stewart) of Ft. Worth, Texas. Also surviving are grandchildren Carlton Preston Stewart, Preston Holmes Stewart and Mackenzie Elizabeth Stewart of Ft. Worth, Texas and Natalie Michele Barefield and Brittany Anne Barefield of Crested Butte, Colorado. Additionally she has three step-children, Richard Keck, Katy Keck, and Sally Shapiro. She has one sister-in-law, Gaylia (Hale) Carlton and two nieces and three nephews.

After graduating from Indiana University with an education degree in 1949, she spent many years living and teaching kindergarten, first and second grades at both South and North Schools in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Additionally, she took graduate courses in education at Evansville College, Southern Illinois University and Indiana State University. After marrying William Keck she moved to Mt. Vernon, Indiana and after his death in 2001, to Ft. Worth, Texas.

Pat's great love and care of her family will always be remembered and cherished.

A private family burial will be held on Sept. 8, 2018, at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Carmel.

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Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Pat's family.

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