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.

Always a smile, always a kind word, and nothing was a bother. She was a ray of sunshine on the Oregon coast. She will be missed.

July 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoug & Susan Meyer

We have stayed at the Sandcastle two or three times a year for several years and Anne was always a very pleasant part of the experience. In a perfect world everyone would have her personality and good cheer. We are all lucky to have known her.

July 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim and Nancy Curtis

The Sandcastle has been our "girls getaway" spot for quite some time, and of course we got to know Anne over the years. She always recognized us when we checked in, and greeted us with that big smile and twinkle in her eyes. We are so very sorry to hear of her passing, and hope her family will take some comfort in reading all these messages and realizing how MANY lives Anne touched during her time at the Sandcastle. She had a happy spirit and a kind soul...God Bless her.

July 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMara and Julie

Anne always made it fun to arrive at the Sandcastle. She was cheery and welcoming. We could kid around and laugh with her. She will be missed. It won't be the same arriving now.

July 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Waite

We are so sorry to hear of Anne's passing. She will be greatly missed. I always looked forward to seeing her just to hear her talk. I LOVED her accent. She was a sweetie.

July 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie and Keith

Anne was a wonderful person. She always welcomed us with a huge smile and made our stay really enjoyable. We are very sad to hear of her passing and she will be greatly missed.

July 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael and Laura

Our first stay at the Sandcastle was in 1996 enroute home to Vancouver, BC. We have returned many times and were often welcomed by Anne's cheery and helpful manner. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Our sympathies to her family, friends and the Sandcastle "Family".

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn and Marilyn

Dear Family of Anne, She always made me and my family feel very welcome to the Sandcastle. Her smile and upbeat spirit has made are stay more enjoyable. Peace be with you all and hope you can focus on the joyous years of llife together.. Patrick Tabor, Stayton Oregon

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Tabor

Anne was such a pleasure to talk to each time I called. What a fun and mischievous spirit she had! The way she would recommend a restaurant or describe a pie she had enjoyed, it was all so yummy. She had a zest for life and shared it- the pithy, sweet, and tart. When she talked about seeing her kids, she softened and was joyful, a true and caring Mom. Thank you Anne, and thank you to the family for sharing her with us. Thank you Sandcastle folks, for including us and giving us this place to remember her together.

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Schley

I am saddened by Anne's illness and passing. Anne was the heart and soul of the Sandcastle. She was always friendly and helpful, with her bright smile and a devilish sense of humor. We always looked forward to seeing Anne each time we stayed at the Sandcastle, knowing that we would be well looked after. She was amazing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Anne, her family and friends. She truly made a difference in our world and we are all better for having known her.

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCissy Cejka

Oh, how I wish I could be with you all today! Anne was certainly one-of-a-kind. I looked forward to hopping in the office to say hello during every visit home; she would always have a funny story or light-hearted gossip to share :) Our little Sandcastle family had changed throughout the years, but I just assumed Anne would be there forever. Love to all of you.

We love the Sand Castle and have always felt welcome. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. The Megy Clan

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercarol megy

We have been going from Seattle to the SandCastle 2 or 3 times a year for the past 40 years and have always enjoyed our stay; and Anne was an important part of making that stay enjoyable.
She will certainly be missed and we extend our condolences to her family.
Thanks for sharing her notice... good, sincere people like Anne make life special ... they will be hard shoes to fill.

Best wishes... wish we could be there.
... The Jensens

We have been coming to the Sandcastle for quite some time and always looked forward to talking with Anne. She had quite a good sense of humor and was such a lovely person. We are sorry to hear of her passing and our hearts and prayers go out to the family. Jim Burleson

We are saddened by the news of Anne's passing. She will always be close to our hearts and minds, especially when we return to the Sandcastle. We both thought the world of her, her sweet smile, her kind heart and soul and the spirit of a true friend. We only saw her the couple times a year that we visit the Sandcastle but she was always there with a kind word and such a wonderful way of making you feel like family and as though you had come home for a visit. Our loss is truly Heaven's gain. May the Lord bless you all and just know that she is in such a great place!!!

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMyrt & Diane Horton

Anne will be so missed by all of us.....She was the other great part of coming to the SandCastle....
We will miss her smiling greeting......Many good memories...I feel like I know her darling family too....
Much Love and prayers....Kathleen Benevento

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen Benevento

My family's consistent trips to the Sand Castle began about five years ago. Generally, Anne was the person whom we talked with on the phone or who greeted us at the desk. I always looked forward to being helped by her! After my mother passed away, my sister and her husband planned a weekend at the beach and invited my dad along. I invited my husband and me to join them. We had such a wonderful time! Anne did not know of our loss, yet something in her tone suggested she recognized grieving. It seemed that she gave us extra special care. That weekend has become a tradition with the five us, and The Sand Castle has become a safe haven. Thank you for sharing about Anne. She has indeed impacted many lives. I pray that God will surround her family, and they would feel His love and support as they grieve the loss of Anne.

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim Baggett

How so terribly sad to have someone that is loved by so many people leave us. We go the the Sandcastle twice yearly and Anne is so much a part of our visit. If she is not busy you can get a coffee and talk with her for ever as she always made time for others. What a courageous lady. We will miss her.

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge & Linda Kelly

My husband Roger and I discovered the Sandcastle a couple of years ago. She was the hostess "par excellence". We are morning with you and her family. We will miss her. Our profound condoleances.

I remember Anne's smile and her gentle nature and helpful attitude. I haven't stayed at the Sandcastle in a few years, but I know she will be greatly missed by all of those that knew her and loved her. I am so sorry for your loss. Now she is at peace and with her creator and is in no more pain... May God be with you all during this very sad time...


July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Bickford

We've been going to the Sandcastle since we met, it's our favorite place. Anne was a big part of that experience, we were always recognized, greeted, helped and welcomed, like a home away from home. She'll be missed by us...

My family started staying at the Sandcastle about 25 years ago. The Sandcastle was recommended to my family from my mother after her and my dad had stayed there. We always loved The Sandcastle best!!

We haven't stayed at the Sandcastle for a few years now because my parents bought a second home on the beach so we all stay there now.

It was always very warming to see Anne's smiling face at the front desk after the long drive to the beach...!
She was always very excited that we had arrived and it was so nice to visit with her, she will be dearly missed.

Our prayers are with her wonderful family, Thank you for sharing your mother with us all !
God Bless you.

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatty Gire


July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDAN DEFOREST

sorry to hear about anne passing. she was a big part of sandcastle. she was a very friendly lady,and made everyone feel welcome at the beach. anne will be greatly missed by all of her friends

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbill lucas

I first met Anne in 1994 when I went to Lincoln City by myself for a much needed vacation and stayed at the Sand Castle at my mother's recommendation. I have been going to the Coast at least once and usually twice a year since then - always staying at the Sand Castle. My mother and Anne have become great friends over the years and I know she will be sad to hear of Anne's passing. My thoughts go out to her family to lose such a loving Mother and for all of us "friends" who knew her through her work. She will be missed.

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRikki Yarrington

Going to the beach for me means staying at the Sandcastle. My grandma and I always stayed there together and when I'm feeling really lonely, I spend a couple nights to celebrate my childhood trips with Grandma. And I always looked forward to having Anne there with her smile and joy. Now my trips will commemorate two wonderful women.

I am delighted and it warms my heart to see the responses from so many people - coworkers, family, travelers... It really speaks highly of a person that makes such an impact.

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph Lyons

We appreciate you letting us know about Anne. She was a welcoming, warm person. The world's loss is heaven's gain. Our prayers go out to her family.and friends.

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cody Family




July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJOHN GILBERT AND FAMLY

Thanks so much for taking the time to email, although sad and shocking news about Anne. I have been travelling to the Sandscastle from Vancouver, B.C. for about 12 years and until recently was managing to do that twice a year. I was always happy and excited to walk in the office door to see if Anne was going to be behind the desk. On most occasions it was and her eyes would light up with that welcoming twinkle and she would always comment ... so you finally made it down here !!!

She was as everyone else has said the most dedicated and always helpful and willing to please and at the same time managed to politely put some of the rowdy's in place as needed. A little lady maybe, but she could definitely handle difficult situations without any problem.

On one trip after spending some time talking and walking around the Salishan Mall with Anne and laughing at all the great cards in the card shop I found out that she liked Monkeys. The same day in the mall I bought a large wall frog at the Dapper Frog and showed her when I got back to the hotel.

Before I left for home I found a cute little fluffy fridge magnet monkey that I left for her in the office the morning I left for home. On my next visit 4 months later when I arrived she wasn't at the desk but when I checked into my room there was a present on the table for me ...... this time a little frog for me which still sits on my bookcase today. Whenever I pass by it I think of Anne.

I have not made it to the Sandcastle yet this year but it definitely will not be the same now without Anne to check me in and chat with throughout my stay. I used to stay for 2 weeks and sometimes longer and Anne would always negotiate a better rate for me when she could.

It was an absolute pleasure to have known Anne and I will definitely miss her when I visit again. I will be thinking of Anne and all of you tomorrow in celebrating Anne's life at the beach. What a wonderful Mother you all had .. she will be sadly missed by all that knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, and her Sandcastle family as well.

Thanks to the Sandcastle for making these condolences to the family possible.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDianne Neratini

Tremendous sadness over Anne's passing. We, too have been "regulars" for many years at the Sandcastle (25 and counting) and, coming from Victoria, always timed our arrival on or around 5 pm, just to catch Anne before she went "off duty". Many moments of her kind and wise philosophizing we hold dear and shall never forget. Anne had a special way of making us so very welcome and looked forward to our return, as we always booked our next visit the day we checked out. We look upon our visits as a return to our "second home". That "home" is a little lonlier now.

With Anne's family we share and mourn their loss. And to our "innkeepers" all, Anne and you are in our thoughts.

I had the pleasure of working with Anne, and the whole Sandcastle staff, years ago. It was my first job at age 16. I LOVED walking into the office each morning and seeing her smiling face! She was a wonderful person! I enjoyed every minute I got to spend with her. I'm sorry I didn't get to say "goodbye". She will be greatly missed! My prayers are with you all!

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSelena Coyle

Hospitality was Anne's heart.......we will miss her smile, twinkling eyes, and her sincerity. Thank you for letting all of us know. We are blessed from having known her.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Marie

Thank you for the email about Anne. One time when I was staying at the Sandcastle I was able to extend my stay by one night and called the front desk to ask for an additional night. Someone other than Anne answered and said yes I could stay another night but that I would have to change rooms. I dreaded having to change rooms but wanted to stay on so said that would be fine. The next morning the phone in my room rang. Anne was on the other end and asked me if I WANTED to change rooms. I said, no! She said she was looking at the book and noticed the switch and would take care of it. I was delighted! Later I told my husband I just had to go down and thank whoever it was that called. (We had been there a week so had a lot of stuff to move!) Anne's sweet smile greeted me at the desk and let me know she was more than happy to help. I am so sad she is gone, but happy for her that she was surrounded by her children as she left this earth.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHillary

I discovered the Sandcastle in 2010 when my good friend and I did a girls weekend. I love the place and the people. I have been there several times and remember Anne checking us in. She was a very pleasant and friendly person. She will be greatly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Clark

Anne was a very special lady! I always enjoyed her checking us in. The Sandcastle was blessed to have her! She will be missed. May she rest in peace.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Lindsey

We have been coming to the Sandcastle since we adopted our son 11 years ago- we always had such a good time. Anne has gotten many a phone call from us telling her we were running late or had some type of problem. I remeber when we first tried to find Lincoln City and she literally walked us there on the phone- I don't even know where we were when I was convinced Lincoln City was no where near and we somehow were lost in the state of Oregon! Anne was so nice and just calmly told me, we would get there and not to worry- the ocean wasen't going anywhere! We arte happy for the love she got to enjoy from her family and I hope an extended love from all of us=- Thank you Anne, you will be missed. Terry,Theresa and Matthew Hawes- Graham,Wa.

We started going to the Sandcastle sometime in the 1990's when our beach house rental was sold. Our trip to the ocean every year has been such an important and memorable part of our lives. Anne was always so friendly and welcoming and had something individual to say to each family member. She will be dearly missed. Many prayers to Anne's family and her Sandcastle family.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Kjorness

It is with complete sorrow when I received the e-mail a few minutes ago. Anne was the light of our trip, we would share stories, family & vacation plans for the year. Bob would bring her bakery goodies in the mornings before his motorcycle accident & the partial loss of his leg. So dear children, your mother will be missed by so many of us.

Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know about dear precious Anne. Our last trip was two years ago, I
remember calling her on the phone and telling her that we were coming and needed a kitchenette because we
were bringing our two grandkids, of course they were all filled but she said she would take care of it and sure
enough she did it. So Anne from your friends from Idaho, God Bless you and rest in peace. It won't be the same
without you.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRae and Gary Goodrich

We vist the Sandcastle ever time we stay in Lincoln City----Anne will surely be missed. She always had a smile no matter what the situation and never hesitated to help in whatever way she could---Anne is the reason we always stay at the Sandcastle!

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Baslee Family

My family and I have gone to the Sandcastle since 2001. Until this past summer, Anne has been the only one who has ever checked us in. She was such a delightful person! So friendly and warm. It saddens me to hear of her passing but, it makes me happy to know how loved she is and had her family by her side. We will miss her smiling face the next time we visit.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi Stickney

My 2 lady friends and I have been coming to the Sand Castle for about 20 years. We were always giving each other a hard time as Anne would be trying to check us in, and would join in the fun. I always loved hearing her accent. When my husband and I were out there last spring I missed her, but just figured she was enjoying some time off. So sorry to hear that she is gone. She will be missed.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie Storms


July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom Randolph

Wow!! It seems to me like she would be there forever. I have stayed at the Sandcastle many many times through the years, with my ex and alone. I thought Anne was one of those people who lived forever....

She has a great listening ear. I used to talk to her about my son and she would always listen, and say "you did the best you could under the circumstances." She made that seem believable.

I used to think what a great parent to be raised by, and possibly how different my life would have been had just one of my parents been halfway mentally solid.

She had a way of making light of things, and being real at the same time.

My blessings to her children and family. But you all know you have been blessed already.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

My family grew very fond of Anne in the Twenty years we have been going to the Sandcastle. I used to manage a resort in camp Sherman. I remember one time that I was there my room was across from the laundry room and I told her every time I walked by I had the biggest urge to fold laundry. She told me to go ahead if I wanted to, and I did. You can't find that kind of managment in too many places. We will certainly miss her. My heart goes out to her family as I know what they are going through having lost my husband to pancreatic cancer in March. Our love to all.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Pepperling

Spending time as a family at the Sandcastle has been a wonderful tradition over the years and always seeing Anne made it all the better. She was a wonderful, bright, engaging, and delightful lady to be around. She will be greatly missed by everyone. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends, patrons, and everyone blessed enough to know her.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Wood Family

So sorry to hear of Anne's passing. I hope it was fast and her suffering was brief. She was a very nice no nonsense kind of woman with a good sense of humor and I always enjoyed hearing her voice on the other end of the phone or in the office. It meant I would be well taken care of at a place I enjoyed a lot. I moved to the Southern California desert in January but I will be stopping in again some day. Blessings to all her blood family and Sandcastle family. She was a joy and will be missed.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen O'Donoghue

I remember Anne quite fondly, always a smile, a twinkle in her eye and so very friendly. She admired my grown sons who stayed at Sandcastle on many occasions. She didn't hesitate to let me know that they were "very good-looking" I'm so sorry that she is gone. She will be missed by the customers at Sandcastle and I'm sure she will be missed greatly by her family. It saddens me to know that she won't be there the next time I visit my favorite Beach House.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn Harn

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