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In Memory of

Rae C. Keeth

April 15, 1920 - July 31, 2017

Obituary


My Mother, Rae Keeth, is now with my Dad and her mother in the presence of God Himself. She left this earthly body July 31, 2017 from Blossom Place in Yakima, Washington. Rae was born April 15, 1920 to Clara (Hess) Smith and I.J. Smith in Fielding, Utah. Clara remarried Bert Thomas who raised and loved Rae as one of his very own. Rae was the oldest of five children, Myrtle, Rex, Vem and Bobbie.

Her family migrated from Utah to Idaho then settled in Wapato, Washington. It is there Rae met the handsome...

My Mother, Rae Keeth, is now with my Dad and her mother in the presence of God Himself. She left this earthly body July 31, 2017 from Blossom Place in Yakima, Washington. Rae was born April 15, 1920 to Clara (Hess) Smith and I.J. Smith in Fielding, Utah. Clara remarried Bert Thomas who raised and loved Rae as one of his very own. Rae was the oldest of five children, Myrtle, Rex, Vem and Bobbie.

Her family migrated from Utah to Idaho then settled in Wapato, Washington. It is there Rae met the handsome Connie Keeth from Missouri. They were married March 9, 1938. Although Connie was older she was accused of "robbing the cradle." For sixty-four years of marriage they corrected people that she was Rae and Connie was her husband. A son, Frankie, blessed their family but died in infancy. A daughter, Connie Elaine was added in 1946. She became the center of their family life with much love and devotion.

Even as a young girl Rae was always a hard worker. She and Connie worked in the orchard for many years and tried farming their own place before Connie started working for Wapato School District. Soon Rae was working in the school cafeteria then became head cook of Wapato High School. She and her co-workers at the time became known for their huge cinnamon rolls, chili and the large serving portions.

She and Connie were members of the Wapato Christian Church where she taught Sunday School and served the Lord in various ways over the years. Rae was a very good cook and enjoyed feeding people. Many a visiting missionaries were guests at the Keeth table as well as several young "hungry" ministers ate their share of "feasts." Pies and cookies were among her specialties.

The family enjoyed trailer traveling and toured much of the U.S.A. They especially enjoyed the Oregon Cast, Camp Wi-Ne-Ma, Oregon and Rainer National Park. She also enjoyed gardening and caring for a varied of friends and family members. People were always welcome and felt at home.

In 1997 they moved to Yakima. In 2002 Connie passed away then in 2011 Rae moved to Blossom (House) Place. As one of the caregivers once said, 'The whole staff at one time or another in the day spend time just visiting with Rae. She was known as always for her love and warm smile for everyone. She will be missed by many people whose life she touch in one way or another.

Rae is survived by a daughter, Elaine (Jim) Wallace of Toppenish, two sisters, Myrtle Knopp of Yakima and Bobbie (Jerry) Bollen of Tacoma, Washington. Numerous nieces and nephews loved her. The families of Jim (Sue) Wallace, Joe (Marie) Wallace, Karen (Keith) Maples are included in her extended family.

She was preceded in death by her husband Connie, mother Clara Thomas, Bert Thomas, infant son Frankie, two brothers, Rex (Hattie) Thomas, and Vem Thomas, her special Aunt Evelyn and husband Willard "Dick" Keeth and I.J. Smith.

Special thanks to the staff and care givers of Blossom Place for the past five years of loving care. The hospice care givers and a special friend, Calvin Shoemaker.

A funeral service will be held at Rainier Memorial Center on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Concluding services and burial will follow at Terrace Heights Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Union Gospel Mission or Samaritan's Purse in care of Keith & Keith Funeral Home. To celebrate the life of Rae and share a memory visit www.keithandkeith.com.

"Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain. But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised." Proverbs 31: 30