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Home Going for Mom

By Mickey Keith on April 27, 20090 Comments

Dear Friends,

Just a post to let you know my dear mother, Loretta Keith went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 26th at 3:00 P.M. She was surrounded by her three children, Debbie, Mickey and David, as well as by many other family members.

She is now surrounded by a Heavenly host of angels, N.T. saints, O.T. patriarchs, her contemporaries and family members who have died Christ, among whom are her parents, her sister and her loving husband, John Keith. As we said goodbye, they said hello and welcomed her into eternal rest and peace.

From this planet, we cannot imagine the joy, freedom and beauty of the home Jesus has been preparing for her for the past 2,000 years. "Beloved, it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him..."

Mom drew her last breath here Sunday afternoon, and the next breath she drew was in the presence of Jesus. You see, the Bible teaches us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

So, today, we do not weep as those who have no hope...but we rejoice in her home going...No more pain, tears or death! She is home at last!

Her life was characterized by over five decades of Christian service. Her dedication to the cause of Christ and to the local church are hallmarks well known to those who loved her. We would do well to pattern our lives after such a self-less model of grace and dignity.

Loving thanks is extended to our Life Community Church family for their continued prayers and support during her illness. Mother also had incredible prayer support from the Independent Assemblies fellowship members nation-wide. Her relationships with many friends in the ministry helped to mold her character and spirit.

Special thanks goes out to the management and staff of Sterling House of Ada, where mother lived since August of 2007. This incredible team of health care professionals went above and beyond the level of expected care, and loved my mom like their own family. May God's grace rest upon you all.

Also, my appreciation is expressed to Doctor JoAnn Carpenter, and to the employees of Victory Home Health, Encompass Home Health and McCortney's Hospice for the exceptional care given during this difficult time.
The Keith family will be forever grateful to you all!

You are invited to the home going celebration for Loretta Joyce Keith, Thursday, April 30 at 2:00PM in the chapel of Criswell Funeral Home, 815 Arlington in Ada.

May our memories be bright and may we live our lives in such a way as to bring honor to the life of this precious woman of God.

Blessings to you all,

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