Anne Keegan 1934-2011

If you have been coming to the Sandcastle during the last 20
years, you have probably had the pleasure of having Anne Keegan check you in on
more than one occasion. She was the fun little lady with the accent.
Many have tried to guess where that accent was
from.  Just to set the record straight,
she was from New Zealand.   We know many of
you have grown close to Anne, so we wanted to let you know she was recently
diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer and passed away on July 17 2011. For being such a small lady she has
been a big part of our lives.  Anne spent her last days in Salem with her family so they could care for her.  All five of her
children had the oppurtunity to see and spend time with
her.  They have traveled from Sisters,
New York, Maui, and New Zealand.  No one
could love their mother more than they do, but we come in a close
second.  Because so many of you have been inquiring about Anne and her family we wanted to set up this page with her families permission in case you wanted
to share some of your memories of Anne.  All of your memories and comments will be given to the family to be put in a keepsake book.

I still miss you ...........

August 15, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteryou called me friend

I just reserved a room at the Sandcastle for the first time and noticed the heading "Anne" at the top of the webpage. I was intrigued. What could this be? When I opened it and started to read about Anne, I was touched. It seems that she was a woman loved by everyone who met her. It is wonderful that this establishment chose to honor Anne by creating a space for her on their website.

Though I never had the chance to meet Anne, I will be thinking of her on our first visit to the Sandcastle.

My thoughts are with her family.

July 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoberta James

Every time I go to the Sandcastle and open that door to the office~I think that I am going to see her behind the desk and she will smile at me and say Hello:) I miss seeing her when I come to the coast. What an amazing lady:)

January 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercindy Cooper

Anne will be dearly missed! Such a cute little lady.

September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Florence

"To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die..." - Thomas Campbell (poet)

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBig Lama and Kitkat

Like most of you My dear wife and I have been coming to the sandcastle yearly. We always enjoyed talking to Anne and enjoyed her wonderful accent whether it was on the phone or in person. She was a wonderful Lady. Chuck and Leara Leasure from Meridian Idaho.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChuck and Leara

I miss you .........

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteryou called me friend



August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJIM GAVETT

It has been almost 20 years ago now that I worked at the Sandcastle. I was your next door neighbor. I was just in my early 20's then, and I just remember when I needed to talk-you listened. When you looked at a person they really felt like they were being heard and understood, you helped me alot back then. You are a special lady and you will be very missed. I have two little girls now and we were searching of fun places to get away and that is how I came to know about what happened. I am in tears right now, the world has indeed lost a very special person. I was really looking forward to seeing your smiling face when we came over on our trip, and introducing you to our little girls. We can all strive to be as endearing, nice, and as understanding towards others as you always were. Cheryl Neill

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Dear,Anne's family I am o sorry to hear that Anne passed.I have only been to sand castle once but there's little memory's still in my mind.My family and I are about to go to cand castle in spring break.I was looking around and found this page and I was so touched. Sorry for your loss:(

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMakenxy

I just learned of your passing, and am very sad...I always enjoyed your smile and talking to you on our twice annual trips to the coast. You will be greatly missed by more people than you could ever know. God Bless and Keep You Forever.

February 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAli Greene

I just recently learned of your passing. I am so sad to hear that you are gone. I have always loved visiting with you and seeing your smile and hearing your laughter. You did know how to make someone laugh. You will be missed so very much, I will always treasure my time spent with you. You were a great friend to have. May you rest in peace.
Love your friend Sherry

February 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

Dear Anne,
I used to work with Lisa, remember? I came down many times with the kids to get away and made sure you were there so I could see you. I still have a picture with you. Always smiling and chatting and making me feel like I deserved to get away. My mother went three days before you and so I left for AZ. I surely will miss you. I will always treasure the fact I got to know you. You will always be in my heart.
With the quietness of the Ocean Breeze I will be thinking of you, Forever Love
Valerie Latham

January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterValerie Latham

Dear Anne,
I miss you dear sweet girl!!!!
I have been coming to the Sandcastle for 30 years. Our chats were brief but many and I always looked forward to them over the 20 years. Anne would always know me when I called from Seattle. She was comforting and loving like a mother. Once when I was iced in in Portland on my way to the Sandcastle she was quite stern in saying it was too dangerous to drive out. My safety was more important to her than the week's reservation I'd made. Your love and spirit live in my heart, dear Anne. You are such a warm and welcoming spirit and I miss you very much. Thank you for your friendship. My sympathies to Alberta and Gary and Joe and to all the family.

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeg Pettbone

This morning over coffee mom and I were talking about how we hadn't heard from Ann for a while so I googled her name, we were very sad to find this page.
I met Ann over 30 years ago and I will never forget her smile or laugh, or her constant grace under even the most difficult of times. We had so many good times together and she was such an inspirtaion. The world has definitely lost a very special woman, and all of us who were lucky enough to have her cross our path are infinitely better for it.
She loved her kids and they are her legacy. I know she raised them with much love and humor, what better gifts could anyone receive?
Mom and I send you all our deepest sympathies, we know what a treasure you have lost.
Betsy & Shirley

December 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetsy Robertson

We have been coming to the Sandcastle for years now and are planning to be there this weekend. I was showing the website to one of my co-workers when I ran across the passing of Anne. She will be missed so much. I always looked forward to talking with her because I love to hear her accent and she always had great stories to share. I will never forget the first time we came to the Sancastle and could not understand why the rates were so low. She pleasantly advised us that she didn't have to charge the exorbinate amount that the other motels were charging and she wasn't going to. We have come back at least 3-4 times a year and have never been disappointed. We will miss our visit with Anne but will continue to enjoy "our place on the beach". I am sure she is walking with the angles on a heavenly beach.

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRandy & Carrie Pennington

I was so heart boken over the passing of Anne. I just found out, my son is on his honeymoon at the Sand Castle right now. He called to tell me that she had passed in July. We met Anne through my mother and father in- law, they used to go to the Sand Castle every year at least 4 or 5 times. They loved to see the storms and my mother in-law Jo would sit and talk with Anne for hours in the lobby. When my husband and I started going down to stay, Anne was always there to check us in, and she never once forgot to ask about our 3 sons and how they were all doing, she always wanted to know everything about them, how was college life and what sports were they playing at the time. She was an amazing lady. When we losted my mother in-law to cancer 7 years ago, Anne called just to say I am thinking of you and sorry for your loss. This was just the way she treated people. We will miss her dearly. Thank you to all of her children for allowing us all to put our thoughts here for you to read. what a special lady she was.

November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBruce and Cindy Lovell

We have been going to the Sandcastle around our anniversary Nov. 8th for a long time. We will be up there in a few days and we will miss Anne terribly. Anne and I have spent some time talking about our blood pressures and her concern for my wife and her kidney transplant. I am happy that she was a part of our life and we will miss her dearly. Goodbye Anne Love Keith & Marilee Kelly

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKeith & Marilee Kelly

I fell in love with my high school sweetheart all over again after 20 years coming to the Sandcastle 3 years ago. Anne was the first person we talked with, the first person we saw when we checked in and the last person when we left. She remembered who we were the second and third year when we made reservations! She was such a wonderful spirit and when I heard of her passing I was so saddened! She will be missed and every time we come back to the Sandcastle we will remember her and cherish our time even more.

October 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarchelle & Mike

My family and I have vacationed at the Sandcastle multiple times in the past couple of years. My condolences to Anne's family. I too experienced a loss due to pancreatic cancer. My grandfather passed away in March of 2011. My family has spent much time at this hotel, and we will continue to come back, mostly because Anne was such a positive, and wonderful person. She always made you feel very welcome. She will be missed.

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

Happy Birthday Mom 77 today !!
You are the brightest star in the night sky and the brightest ray of light each and every passing day.To guide us all, that loved you so dearly,and also equally , those that you chose to love and share in all that you were and are, the path filled with love and happiness .
You are the fullness of True Grace and Pure Love,very Precious.
Every cell in my Being thanks you ,for shining your light so brightly , so that even all that came near to you, were touched .
I would love to thank all that have sent love and prayers over these trying and painful last few weeks also. It has meant a lot to us all( Anne's 6 children )to know how much by reading your posts here.
You are always will be Great Granny Annie.
Now and for ever , I think to myself,
I Love You

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephen ( Anne's son )

When I feel as though life is wearing me down, I think of you and your strength. Your smile. Your positive attitude.
I love the crazy, funny New Zealand memories; Kaikoura and sleeping in a tree house!, movies outside on Steve's big white sheet, New Year's Eve parties, meeting my folks at Xmas. Your ease with people of any age or walk of life was your gift. I love you. You were THE best mum-in-law. Kia kaha, Anne. You're always on my mind and in my heart.

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAvey Donovan

I'm so sorry to have learned of Anne's passing.

My family has been going to the Sand Castle for something like 40 years, since back in the day when it was the Nelscott Apartments and the "old wing" was the "new building."

Our childhoold stays pre-dated Anne, but my Mother was a regular over the years, and always spoke most fondly of her. Anne joined my mother out for dinner on a few trips. When my Mom passed (gosh, it's been 13 years now), one of my first stops was at the Sandcastle, to be sure to share with Anne some of what my mother said, and how she felt. I'm glad i had the chance to do that.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Allen

Apart from a very distant memory of Auntie Anne as a 10 or 11 year old, my only contact as an adult was 6 years ago when she came to New Zealand to attend a very special family occasion in Christchurch. During this visit she made time to spend a week with my wife Leonie and I in the North Island. You see,I was a son of her only brother Bernard Henry, who died soon after the 2nd World War at the early age of 30 years. Both Anne and I therefore had a limited memory of a special person, and as Anne had left New Zealand for the USA at 18 years of age I had a limited memory of her.
But that week we shared was a memory to treasure - the family bond was renewed. Leonie and I were so honoured to have had the pleasure of her company and the memories will be with us forever.
Auntie Anne - what a special person you were to us and we will miss the phone calls, our musical birthday cards and the many letters.
Let's not be sad because we lost her, let's be thankful we had her.

Your kiddo's, Bernard and Leonie Blandford, Tauranga, New Zealand

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBernard Blandford

We have stayed at the motel almost yearly for the past 5-6 years. We remember Anne. She was the perfect person to be considered the face of Sand Castle. She was Warm, Cheerful, Courteous and had a wonderful Witty Sense of Humor. We were sorry to hear of her illness and passing. We will miss her greeting us this next trip, although we suspect she will always be there in spirit.
Sincere wishes of Love and Strength to her children, family and friends.

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRick and Julie Haught ID

What an inspirational lady she was. I feel so blessed to have met you in NZ many years ago. My heart and thoughts go to the family and all that were lucky to have her in their lives. Fly with the angels Auntie Anne x

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa Blandford (NZ)

She was one hundred percent unadulterated joy! She lit up a room just by being in it. She could lighten your heart with her smile. Make you laugh even when you didn't think it possible, and with a hug and kiss made you always feel her love.
She was sooo energetic.....running circles around even the very young. She was "bubbly" and happy about all of life, and was supportive of those she loved and cared for.
She was an Angel on earth, touching each life she came in contact with.
She was my dearest and "bestest" friend, buddy and pal and indeed, Anne, you will be missed.......
every bit as much as you are loved. Always in my heart. Sharon

August 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Dear Annie.......... Yes, I'm writing this to my dear friend Annie. In my mind she will always be here. It was such a joy having you as a friend. You helped me through many a dreary day with your smile and laughter. Last evening at "Wine Time" I poured you a glass of your favorite New Zealand Chardy, and we had another one of our great conversations. You will always be here in my heart, Dear Annie.

Love, your Buddy and Pal, Larry

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

Joe, Gary and Alberta, I'm sincerely grateful to you for you making this site possible. The comments left by people that Mom met in her 20 or so years at the Sandcastle are very moving- a true testament to the person she was. Living in NY I didn't get to know all of you; her "extended family", but I do know from conversations with her that she deeply cherished your friendship. I look forward to saying hi when I visit in October.

On behalf of all of Mom’s children, thank you to all of you that have taken the time to post your memories, comments and thoughts about our Mom. They are and will forever be a part of our memories of Mom.

After reading through all of your comments I think this speaks to how Mom lived...

Author: Anonymous

Not - How did he die? But - How did he live?
Not - What did he gain? But - What did he give?

These are the things that measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Not - What was his station? But - had he a heart?
And - How did he play his God-given part?

Was he ever ready with a word of good cheer?
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

Not - What was his church? Not - What was his creed?
But - Had he befriended those really in need?

Not - What did the sketch in the newspaper say?
But - How many were sorry when he passed away?

These are the things that measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim (Anne's son)

Anne was usually effervescent, in a restrained sort of way, and always welcoming.

Her usual efficiency and cheerfulness were always helpful.

It's a great thing to understand from this page and site that she was valued by
many and most especially cherished by her family all around the globe.

That is a testimony to her goodness. She will be missed, as many say.

Our four generations of family who have been guests at Nelscott, as it was called
in 1900 to now, we salute Anne, Gary and Alberta, Joe and before them the Nobles.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterginger

We have sent Anne Walla Walla Sweet onions in the past. We understand she was VERY reluctant to share them. We were just discussing the need to send her more when I got this email. We loved her and will greatly miss her. Thoughts and prayers to her family and those closest to her.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCara and Alan Wernsing

My husband and I came to the Sandcastle 24 years ago on our 1st anniversary. We have continued to visit a couple of times each year. I always looked forward to the wonderful smile Anne would welcome us with on Friday night after our long drive from Longview, WA. She was a special lady and always made you feel like she was welcoming a family member home. She will be greating missed.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBill and Cindy Coonan

i miss my grandma so much! she was the sweetest and strongest lady ever. i wish she could've met my baby but it's ok because i know she'll be watching over us. i know she's in a much better place and not in pain. I'm so glad that my daughters middle name is for her, wouldn't have it any other way. love you grammy! love always christie<3

August 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchristie hillen

Anne was my next door neighbor for ten years. I could not have wished for a better person to share a daily routine with. Greetings from Anne in the morning on our way to work and a nice little chat at the end of the day made each day brighter. I'm the caregiver for Gary & Alberta's daughter Melanie. I often took Melanie in her wheelchair to the office to visit with Anne. When Melanie heard Anne's voice and laughter - she smiled.

Many of the people who've written remembrances here seem familiar. Anne would mention your names and talk about how glad she was to see you when you came to the motel.

Anne treasured her family and always looked forward to being with them. Whether going out for a day of activities or sitting in a cozy group on her front porch. It was easy to see how much everyone enjoyed each other's company and liked being together. Sometimes when I came home and they were gathered on the front porch, I noticed their quiet gestures of affection for Anne...touching her hand, putting an arm around her shoulders. It was always so nice to hear the sound of their voices and the laughter during their visits. Anne was beloved, cared for and comforted by her close-knit family.

Anne was a remarkable person. I will always be inspired by her appreciation, joy and love of life. When I close my eyes and think of Anne, I can still hear her laughter. We're all so blessed to have had her in our lives.

July 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSunny

My Mom was the brightest star in the sky, had the biggest heart in the universe, and was and always will be my first Love. She loved me before i was born. She was the longest and most important relationship in my life. Always there with unconditional Love. Always giving 100 percent of herself, and expecting nothing in return. If she read all these posts she'd laugh and be touched deeply at the same time. I MISS YOU MOM, EVERY SECOND, EVERY MINUTE AND EVERY HOUR OF MY DAY...I LOVE YOU FOREVER...BYE,BYE LISA XOXOXOX

July 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa (Anne's Daughter)

On July 17th I lost the most dearest person to my heart. She was my everything. I check this website daily after Joe so graciously created this website. I always knew that my Mom was so special to us, but I didn't realize how many lives she touched there at the Sandcastle. I truly believe she IS in a better place. So to all of you that loved her as much as I did, thank you for sharing your thoughts and memories. Every single one means so much to me. <3 Karen

So terribly saddened by this news this morning:( My family and I have stayed at the Sandcastle for close to 13 years now...never do we stay anywhere else in Lincoln City. Anne always had a special greeting for us, and watch my grandchildren, from birth to now grow up. I will so miss her wonderful laugh and beautiful smile when I open the door to check in now...Please rest in peace my friend, and to your family, thank you for sharing such a warm and loving person with us...God Bless you all...Wayne and Cindy Cooper and family

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Cooper

To my dear Ann
Words can not express the sorrow I feel in my heart today. You were always there for me in ways you'll never know. Always, Always a kind words, a smiling face, your laughter help me so very much during my ups and downs. Every time I came to the beach you and I would have a great conversation. I will truly miss those talks. I so missed you over the 4th of July when my whole family came to enjoy another great time at the Sandcastle. Not only will the 4th of July not be the same but either will New Years Eve and all the other times during the year when Kathy, Gail, Marlene and I would come to spend time on "my beach".
To Ann's family. Thank You for sharing your Mother with me and the many other people who loved to come to the Sandcastle. May God hold you in the palm of his hand until you see her again.
Love you, Ann

July 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIna Davis

We have been coming for about 18 years, the Sandcastle is the only place to go!
We were married for 10 years before we had our daughter and we recall the great joy Anne had for us and our new blessing from above!
Since Julia was born we make it to the beach two times a year once in January for a week and a later date, when we need a break. Anne was always so joyful to watch our daughter grow and develop into a young lady at each of our visits.
God has a plan.
Peace be with you all-
Steve, Angel and Julia Schindler, Corvallis, Oregon

Kinda hard to believe her age. really she had more energy and zest for life then most!

I am so saddened by Anne's passing. I have always looked forward to seeing her in the last 20+ years I have been coming to the Sandcastle. I have never stayed anywhere else when visiting Lincoln city mainly because of the very pleasant people who work there. I am just now starting to bring my family to "my" beach and motel and I am sorry I didn't do it sooner so that they could have met her. I truly have enjoyed her quick wit, and her knowledge of the area was always very helpful. Her family was blessed with someone like her to know and love. Good bye Anne, until we meet again on the "beach of forever." Marlene Kissler

July 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarlene

Our extended family has been staying at the Sandcastle for thirty-plus years, and we have come to love Anne as a part of our love of the place. We will all miss her smiling face and friendly greetings. What a wonderful lady!

LaJean Ford (and all of the Schnibbe family).

July 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaJean Ford

Aloha to all of you and thank you for all of the kind words for my mother. Although no surprise to me I know how
much Mom was loved by those she met along the way in her journey of life.
It is comforting to know that all of you have taken the time to say a few words and share what you felt was special about Mom.
I know the family at the "sandcastle motel" will miss our Mom just as much as we will.
Our mother was a special lady and taken from us way too soon, but as one of you wrote there is obviously a greater plan for her in the heavens above.
We had a wonderful celebration of her life the other day mostly in part to Gary, Alberta and Joe. It was always so comforting to know that she always had those special people around her everyday.
On behalf of Anne's children thank you to all of you who made a difference in Mom's life...............
Much love,

July 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercolleen hillen

I loved her cheerfulness and her ability to make me feel so welcome . She always seem to have the time to answer my many questions and to chat which made me feel right at home,
I haven't been such a regular visiter in the last few years, but I always was thankful to be greeted in that special way she had about her, She will be missed.

July 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl Burrell

My husband, Ken, and I loved staying at the Sand Castle. (He has recently passed away.) Anne was always cheerful and helpful. She made us feel special and always went the exra mile. She will be missed. I will continue to stay there and enjoy my memories of better times.

July 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

My husband, Ken, and I loved staying at the Sand Castle. (He has recently passed away.) Anne was always cheerful and helpful. She made us feel special and always went the exra mile. She will be missed. I will continue to stay there and enjoy my memories of better times.

July 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

We have been coming to the Sandcastle every September from Alberta, Canada for many years. We consider it our "home" on the Oregon coast and, of course, Anne has always been there to welcome us! Always kind, sweet & smiling - that's how we'll remember her. My condolences to both of her families. She will be greatly missed but I hope, by reading all these wonderful comments, you will find some comfort in knowing that many, many people adored her. Rest in peace Anne.

July 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPearl & Teddy Asmus

We will miss Anne so much. Our stays at the Sandcastle won't be the same any more. Our condolences to her families.

July 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLen & Judy HIldebrandt

She was definitely loved and will be sorely missed. I honestly felt like one of her kids. My husband and I both felt a strong attachment to her.

July 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Williams

We have been coming to the Sandcastle for many, many years and always associated Anne with the Sandcastle family. We loved to visit with her each time we came and yes, we were one of those who tried to guess her accent in the beginning. We will miss her and want her family to know what a sweet mother they have. She will always have a special place in our memories.

July 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim & Penny Jones

We were so sorry to get the news about Anne, and we do appreciate being informed and given a chance to respond. The last time we saw Anne, she mentioned that she was thinking about retiring as she was feeling a bit tired and ready to stop working. We felt sad to hear that as we just figured she was a permanent fixture at the Sandcastle, and we knew we would miss her. I hope she had some enjoyable retirement time before she got ill. On our frequent visits over the past ten or so years, she was a familiar comforting voice and presence. She never presumed but was always friendly when we took the time to talk with her and ready to help when we needed something. We send our deepest sympathy to both her families.

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