KEATON, Rosa Lorenda Mae

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Last Name
Given Names
Rosa Lorenda Mae
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Family Tree
  Keaton Family Tree
Birth Mother
Birth Father
Tommie Sheppard Keaton, Sr.
Non-Temple Relatives
Body Identification Number
Burial Location
Remains claimed by next of kin; burial location unknown
Source of Death Information
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
Residence (US)
Los Angeles, California 90011
Residence (JT)
Cottage 30
Occupation in U.S./Skills, Talents & Interests
mill operator (RYMUR 89-4286-X-5-a-26p); animal husbandry, horticulture (PT occupation record)
Occupation in Jonestown (Temple Records)
Letter writing (Correspondence for Life) (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1hh)
Jonestown Roles (FBI Records)
Government Income
“This was one of the greatest shocks of my life. Mrs Keaton, better known as Rosa Moreland, was an usher and first-aid worker at Pilgrim Baptist Church in South Central Los Angeles. She was very well respected and didn't allow nonsense from the young people in the church. Its just so unbelievable that this would happen to her. I sure it was against her will. RIP ” - Anthony Taylor

“In Memory of my mother, Rosa Lorenda Mae Wood Moreland The person listed as "Rosa Lorenda Mae Keaton" was formally known as my mother, Rosa Lorenda Mae Wood Moreland, before she met Tommie Keaton following my father`s death. I visited "Peoples Temple" when it was on Hoover St. in Los Angeles. There were guards at the door and they wanted to search me. I gave them a special reason why they should not, and they let me in. I saw Jim Jones on the stage with a woman who said she had cancer. He reached his hand into her clothing (letting a piece of chicken liver, or something, slide into his hand from out of a bag up his sleeve) and pulled the "chicken liver out of the woman" , saying that he had the cancer and that she was healed. I told my mother when we returned to her house. She did not believe me. That incident led me to believe that Jim Jones was a master con artist with very good slight of hand skills. I am surprised that I learned in one hour what the U.S. State Dept., etc was unable to learn with all of their monitoring, etc. My mother was a good Christian woman who believed that she should go where her husband went. If it were not for her belief in Christian ethics, she may not have fallen for the manipulative techniques used by Jones and his associates. I would still like to know why the State Department remained ignorant about the existence of her two children, myself and my older sister, whom she raised for 21 years...Long before meeting Tommie. May she rest in peace!! Darius ” - Darius Moreland