Margaret McKeand

Obituary of Margaret Curran McKeand

Margaret “Peggy” Curran McKeand, daughter of Fred Curran and Margaret Forsyth (Curran, Trisler), born April 6, 1929, Dayton, Ohio, died March 12, 2021, St. Petersburg, FL.  She was 91.  She married the late John Franklyn McKeand in 1949.  John died December 1, 1978.  They had no children.

Survivors include her niece, Connie Trisler Brocious, (Roger and family) of Greenville, OH; nephew, Donald Trisler, (Catherine and family) of Cohasset, MA; cousins, Mary Ann Forsyth Pine, (John David and family) of Aurora, OH, Karen Aleshire (and family), Leslie Eley, (Scott and family) and Gretchen Hageman Bullock, (John and family), family of the late Betty (Curran) and Dick Oehlenschlager, all of the Dayton, OH area plus many more cousins.

Peggy was a graduate of Chas. L. Loos Elementary School, Fairview High School (class of 1947) and Miami Jacobs Business College, 1949, Dayton, OH.

Peggy and Johnny were the trendsetters in our small family with a beautiful, modern home in South Dayton.  They had the first color TV and a red Dodge convertible, which Peggy loved to drive with the top down.  They came to Florida in 1960 and settled in St Petersburg in a modest but beautiful home on a canal in Shore Acres - the first home on what was then a Mangrove swamp.  A boat on their own dock in the back yard provided years of enjoyment fishing and sightseeing.  Their home was always welcoming and a favorite of friends and family.  She loved the Lord, her family and friends, music, gardening, reading, cooking and writing.  Life was good.

Peggy was employed at Florida Federal Savings & Loan Co. for 13 years and retired in 1992.  She joined Northeast Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg on March 3, 1974 serving as Deacon, choir member, church library custodian and office worker and later moved to Woodlawn Presbyterian with a group of friends.

Peggy, always interested in local and national affairs, was an avid and daily reader of the Tampa Bay Times and served ten years with the Pinellas County Board of Elections as poll worker and clerk.  Never without an opinion, she was intelligent, highly independent, and organized to a fault, writing much of this obituary. She closed her notes with: 

This has been a great ride.  Now I am going home.  Thank you and God Bless you all. -Margaret McKeand

Burial is at Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, OH with her husband, John.  Contributions in memory may be given to any of the following:


Suncoast Hospice of Clearwater

5771 Roosevelt, Blvd

Clearwater, FL 33760


Smile Train (World Treatment for cleft palate)


Woodlawn Presbyterian Church

2612 12th St. No

St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Attn:  Pastor John Underwood

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