Published in Virginia Gazette from July 14 to August 13, 2012
Alice Aanestad McKeighan, 86, of Williamsburg passed away
on July 10, 2012.
She was predeceased by her mother, Margaret Christopher
Aanestad; her father, A. Palmer Aanestad; her sister, Mary M.
Aanestad Lee; nephew, David P. Lee; first husband, Leslie
Robbins Schureman, in Sun City, Ariz.; and her second husband,
Raymond Albert McKeighan in Williamsburg.
She is survived by her niece and nephew, great-nieces and nephew, cousins, dear
friends, and beloved cat.
Alice was born in Sherman, S.D., on May 5, 1926. She spent the first two years of life
there, and then moved to the Washington, D.C., area. Her young life was spent there,
where she completed the first through fifth grades in McLean and sixth and seventh
grades in Washington, D.C. She completed the eighth and ninth grades in Berkeley,
Calif.; and then the 10th through 12th grades in Washington, D.C., graduating from
Western High School in June 1944. She attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls,
S.D., and American University in Washington, D.C.
Her primary career was in the federal government. Her most rewarding time was as
assistant executive officer in the National Center for Health Statistics and other
administrative positions in the Public Health Service and the Bureau of Drugs.
Alice greatly enjoyed choir work in the Cathedral Choral Society, National Lutheran
Chorus and in church choirs (e.g., St. John's, St. James', and Bruton Parish). While living
in Arizona, she was on the board of the Arizona Humane Society for 17 years, serving
as vice president. She also served as president of the Arizona Humane Society
Auxiliary for three years, as well as serving on the Boswell Hospital Auxiliary in Sun City.
During her married life, Alice lived in Bethesda, Md., Sun City, Mitchell, S.D., Northern
Virginia, and Williamsburg.
Services will be held at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg on Tuesday,
July 17, at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at the Alvin P. Anderson Auditorium at
Williamsburg Landing. Alice's final resting place will be in Sunland Memorial Park in Sun
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Alice's name to the National
Humane Society, 40 E. Main St. No.364-I, Newark, DE 19711.
Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com or