Margie and Frank Keenan celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

May 17, 2019 GMT

POCATELLO - On May 31, 2019, Margie and Frank Keenan will have their 50th wedding anniversary. They will be hosting a celebration for family and friends on Sunday, June 2. The celebration will be at the Central Christian Church located at 8th and East Center in the Fellowship Hall beginning at approximately 12:15 p.m. and ending at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances of Frank and Margie are cordially invited to come and celebrate with them. No gifts, please.

After graduating from The College of Idaho in Caldwell in the spring of 1968, Frank left his hometown of Nampa and moved to Pocatello to begin a teaching career at Alameda Junior High School. He taught during the 1968-69 school year while Margie finished her degree at the College of Idaho. Frank returned to Boise at the end of May 1969, and he and Margie were married on May 31 at the Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise.


In the fall of 1969, the couple moved to Pocatello where they would make their home for the next 50 years. During the next half century, their life together saw many changes. Margie taught elementary school during the first year, and then after an illness, took the next year to earn a Certificate in Secretarial Occupations from ISU Vocational Technical School. In the years from 1971-1974, in four summer sessions, Frank completed his Master of Music Degree at the University of Idaho.

Throughout the years from 1969 to the present, Frank and Margie raised three children, Lory (McCabe), Aaron, and Heidi (Giesbrecht). Frank continued to teach at Alameda Junior High School for 25 years, and then at Hawthorne Middle School for nine years until his retirement from the school district in 2002. During those same years, Margie worked as a stay-at-home mom until their youngest child entered preschool. Then she worked as a secretary for a child psychiatrist, a fourth-grade teacher at St. Anthony’s Catholic School for seven years and then as Newspaper In Education Coordinator at the Idaho State Journal until she retired in 2004.

Also during the years from 1969 to 1992, Margie and Frank taught private piano students in addition to their regular jobs. However, in the fall of 1992, they opened Keenan Piano Studio in their home where they successfully taught many piano students. The students ranged from beginners to very advanced. It was also in the fall of 1992 that Margie became the Newspaper in Education Coordinator for the Idaho State Journal, a program she operated very successfully for 12 years. This was in addition to a full schedule of piano students. The studio has brought great joy to both Margie and Frank. They have made many friends and memories over a career of piano teaching of more than 55 years for each of them.


As for their children, Lory is a secretary for the Presbyterian Church and has her own piano studio. She earned a BA in Piano Performance from the College of Idaho in Caldwell and then a Secretarial Certificate from ISU School of Applied Technology. Aaron earned a BA in English Literature from ISU. He currently is employed by the Colorado Department of Corrections. He began his career as a Corrections Officer for several years and then moved to the Education Department where he helps prison inmates earn their GED. Heidi received her Certificate of Cosmetology from the ISU School of Applied Technology. She is a stylist who owns her own business and works at Anastasia’s. She also works part-time for Ross department store.

One of the greatest joys in Margie and Frank’s life are their grandchildren. JaVon, 26, has recently finished a degree from ISU in Anthropology; Danielle, 23, is active duty Navy stationed in Hawaii; Kathyrn, 19, is a sophomore at ISU next fall majoring in Geology; Elly, 15, just completed her Freshman year at Century High School; Shaleah, 13, will be an eighth grader in middle school in Limon, Colorado; and Amyah, 11, will be a sixth grader at Pocatello Charter School. All of these grandchildren keep Margie and Frank very busy staying current with their accomplishments and activities.

As the anniversary date draws closer, Margie and Frank invite friends and acquaintances from past and present to join them in the celebration of their Golden Wedding Anniversary.