1855 - August 10, 1935
On the morning of August 10, 1935, at the advanced age of eighty-five, Mrs. Christian Keener ascended to her heavenly home. Baton Rouge was the place of both her early days and of those at the close of ‘her long and useful life. From the First Methodist Church her frail body was borne to its final place of rest.
Mrs. Keener was the only daughter of Nathan King Knox, a prominent and valuable citizen of Baton Rouge where he spent most of his life, a man of means, intelligence and piety.
On April 4, 1??6, Ella Knox was married to the late Rev. Christian Keener, son of the sainted Bishop John C. Keener, who performed the ceremony. Her husband preceded her by a number of years, dying December 16, 1897.
Mrs. Keener was linked not only by name to the Methodist Church, but by life and substance. While her membership was at Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, she maintained her connection with her home church at Baton Rouge continuing to contribute to its support down to the end.
The material substance that Mrs. Keener possessed was to her the instrument through which she accomplished much good to the Church and Kingdom. The substantial fortune left her by her parents found its way into many channels of Christian service. She was a wise and judicious administrator of the stewardship with which she was honored and entrusted. More than a few worthy and struggling enter-prises were given new impetus and enthusiasm by her generous check. Schools, orphanages, and other institutions of her church were liberally remembered in her will. Both the home and foreign work of our Church entered into her generous provisions. These will be the lengthened and healing shadow of her character and will continue her name among he saints of the Church down the course of the years.
Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 93-94, 1935, by D. B. Raulins