Thetus Jane Grooms Keith, 75, died Sunday morning November 15, 2009 with her loved ones around her. Jane, formerly of Elizabethtown and Evergreen NC, had only recently moved to Savannah GA to be with her family as she courageously battled cancer. Ever present, even at the end, her beautiful, easy smile will be missed.
Jane was born on March 16 1934 in Evergreen NC.The baby of ten, she was raised with modest means, but with an abundance of love and strong Christian values. This simple beginning forged in her empathy for others in need that would forever shape her life.Jane graduated valedictorian from Evergreen High School in 1952 and went on to receive her diploma from the North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing (Wake Forest University) in 1955. Her senior year at Baptist Hospital, she married the love of her life, William Carter Keith, Sr. with whom she had three children.
Jane’s tender, giving heart made her much loved as a nurse. After she retired from nursing to raise her children and to help her husband in his dental practice, she was often asked to care for terminal patients in and around the Elizabethtown community. This she never refused. Later in her life, that same nurturing spirit helped make her one of the most successful realtors in Bladen County. Even with a busy career, she was proud to serve on the board of the new Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center in Whiteville, NC. It will continue her legacy of care for her beloved community.
Jane led a faithful Christian life with ease that was never forced in nature. She served tirelessly on many church committees, held various offices and happily taught Sunday School for over 30 years. Recently, she found happiness in the constant barrage of cards and letters from church members and friends; that attested to how deeply she affected all.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents: John Mandeville Grooms and Emma Rose Lawson, 7 of her siblings, her sister-in-law, her husband and her dear daughter, Alicia Jane Keith Canady. However, these saddest of moments gave her calm and peace at her death, as she knew they were waiting for her.
She is survived by her sister,Evelyn Grooms West and her brother, James Milton Grooms; her son William Carter Keith, Jr. and her daughter Lori Keith Robinson and husband Paul Elias Robinson; her daughter-in-law Rebecca Talley Keithand son-in-law Ronnie Forrest Canady; 7 grandchildren - Rob, Aaren, Paige,Carter, Larkin, Andrew and Bailey;her best friend of 70 years Aliece Johnson; her dear friend Ed Talley; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and the most loyalof companions, her dog Anni.
The services will be on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church, 1800 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown NC. Visitation will be in the sanctuary 1:00pm - 3:00pm with the funeral following at 3:00pm. Internment will follow at the Old Trinity Cemetery.
Because of the exceptional care she received this year, in lieu of flowers she hoped that donations be made to any of the following:
Lewis Cancer Center, 5353 Reynolds Street, Savannah GA 31405
Curtis & Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 23089, Savannah, GA 31403
Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190 Savannah, GA 31416-0190
Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, 206 Warrior Trail Road, Whiteville NC 28472