Obituary of Zena “Alyne” Wright Keahey Gatchell
Zena “Alyne” Wright Keahey Gatchell, 99, died peacefully in her sleep and went home with Jesus, Thursday, July 25, 2019.
Visitation: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019, Marty Leonard Chapel, 3131 Sanguinet St, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
Service: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Marty Leonard Chapel.
Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Fort Worth.
Alyne was born on November 8, 1919 in Fort Worth to Joseph Oliver and Zena Adele Maldino Wright. In 1910 her father Ollie was an employee of the City Electrician's office and is credited with drawing the open jaws Panther design still currently used as the emblem for the Fort Worth Fire Dept Badge. FWST Feb 17,1912 Vol XXX Issue 29 Page 8 archives.
At the age of 16, Alyne performed in the Big "Texas Centennial" Billy Rose Show at Casa Manana in 1936. She shot the bow & arrow in competition with the Indians in “The Last Frontier”.
Upon graduation from Arlington Heights High School in 1937, she married Clovis C. Keahey. They were married 57 years until his death on November 24, 1994. Together they raised three wonderful girls and she was a very loving, devoted mother. As a family they enjoyed many fun outdoor activities.
After Clovis’ death, she was introduced to retired Lt. Colonel, George W. Gatchell who she married and they enjoyed 20 more wonderful years of traveling, bowling and dancing until his death on September 27, 2016.
She remained very vibrant and happy until the very end and will be greatly missed.
Alyne was a past member of: Lady Elks Lodge #124, Ft Worth Board of Realtors, Fort Worth Horseshoe Club & TX Mobile Home Association, of which her mother is credited as being one of the original founders in 1952.
Alyne was preceded in death by her husbands, Clovis Keahey and George Gatchell; daughter, Chloe Lisenbe; granddaughter, Shari Branch; grandson, Todd Turner; great-granddaughter, Christina Orts.
Survivors: Daughters, Toma Bruner and husband Darrell and Kim Lamoureux and husband Jim; grandchildren, Toma “T. K.” Dorsey and husband Ken, Arthur Butaud and wife Kelly, Dennis Sutton and wife Karrie, Jeff Lamoureux and wife Katie, David Lamoureux, and Anna Foss and husband Josiah; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers: Grandchildren, Arthur Butaud, Jeff Lamoureux, David Lamoureux; and great-grandchildren, Chase Dorsey, Cainan Dorsey, and Creigh Dorsey.To send flowers to the family of Zena “Alyne” Wright Keahey Gatchell, please visit Tribute Store