TOPSHAM — Phyllis Rosemary Keough, 89, of Old Farm Road, died Oct. 14 at Freeport Nursing Home.

She was born Jan. 30, 1923, in Bangor, a daughter of Merle N. and Gladys M. Doble Crossman, and was educated in the local schools.

Keough married James E. Keough Sr. and they made their home in Topsham. She loved writing poetry and short stories, some of which were published. Among her several hobbies were gardening and sewing. Most of all, Keough was a homemaker who loved taking care of her family.

She was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church, and was an active member of the 55 Plus Center and the Writers Group of Brunswick.

She is predeceased by her husband, James, four brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by a daughter, Diane Bowser, and her husband, Charles, of Topsham; a son, James Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Litchfield; four grandchildren, Casey Bowser, of Brunswick, and Kimberly Keough, Kevin Keough and Patrick Keough, all of California; three brothers, George, Fred and Edmond Crossman; two sisters, Freda DeFord and Barbara Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral was held Oc.t 19 at St. John the Baptist Church in Brunswick. Burial followed St. John’s Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Demers-Desmond Funeral Home, 34 Cushing St., Brunswick. To express your thoughts and condolences with the family, please visit