A memorial service for Maeleen Vetuski, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home Chapel in Palestine, Texas, with Dr. Barry Roberts officiating.

Maeleen Vetuski, age 68, of Palestine, Texas, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Palestine Regional Medical Center after a brief hard fought battle with cancer.

She was born Sept. 9, 1945, in Philadelphia to James William and Effie Clark Keeton. Maeleen was Baptist by faith.

She worked at Wells Lamont Glove Factory until moving to Texas in 1981. It was in Texas that she met and married James Lee Vetuski. They made their home in Palestine.

Maeleen's passions were fishing, gardening and visiting the casinos.

She cherished the time spent fishing and camping at Richland Chambers Lake with her husband James, her family and her close friends, Pat, Edna and Janeen. She enjoyed the summer visits at the lake with her grandchildren watching the anticipation on their faces as they waited to get a "nibble" from anything. She loved watching her flowers bloom and her vegetables grow.

Maeleen looked forward to the overnight trips to the casino with her friends Maudie and Edna. Nothing got her more excited than hearing those "bells and whistles" going off when she won.

Mrs. Vetuski was preceded in death by her parents; her husband James; brother, William Keeton; step-brothers, Norman Stevens and Hillman Stevens; grandsons, Brandon Jenkins and Riley Spaulding.

She is survived by her son, Randy (Georgie) Jenkins of Palestine, Texas; daughter, Robin (Mark) Thornton of Palestine, Texas; step-daughters, Micki Spaulding of Sheridan, Texas and Vicki Vetuski of El Campo, Texas; brother, Reginald (Kathy) Keeton of Avon Lake, Ohio; sister Judy (Randy) Clark of Philadelphia; nine grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.

Moms are our world; they're a luxury to us all. When everyone is falling, Moms are standing tall. God gave Moms a spirit that is very strong. And Moms always love us even when we're wrong. Our mom was like that, she's always been the glue that held us all together, when family problems grew. And moms don't need to speak their eyes say it all. They let us know so quick, that we're about to fall. So please cherish your mom, while she's still around, you can search for another but she just can't be found. Our family thanks you all for coming; your presence makes us strong. As our mom is in the arms of Jesus, we know she's finally home. (Poem by son Randy Jenkins)