HOISINGTON — Mayette C. Keith, 97, died Nov. 26, 2017, at Country Place Senior Living, Hoisington. She was born March 10, 1920, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Henry Olinn and Sarah Margaret (Hunter) Graham. Mayette graduated from Paseo High School, Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City Business College. She then went to work for Land Goddard Chevrolet in Kansas City, Mo..
On July 24, 1942, she married Malcolm S. Keith in Kansas City, Mo.
Mayette and Malcolm moved to Hoisington in 1945, where she worked as a secretary for J.L. Piper Insurance at the Hoisington Savings and Loan until the birth of her first daughter.
She was a member of the First Christian Church, Christian Women’s Fellowship, P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter GG, Women’s Civic Club, and the Una Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a Mother Advisor of the Rainbow Girls and a board member for the Hoisington City Library for many years. Mayette also belonged to the Sewing Circle and the Young at Heart Exercise Class.
Malcolm preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 1997.
Survivors include; two daughters, Deborah K. Reif and husband Duane of Hoisington, and Karen Gae Schwartz and husband Matthew of Omaha, Neb.; sister, JoAnn Hill of Denver, Colo.; brother-in-law, Samuel L. Keith of Leawood; grandchildren, Sarah Mayette Bricker and husband Mark of Oberlin, Shane Andrew Reif of Chicago, Ill., Adam Keith Schwartz and wife Becky of Colorado Springs, Colo., Haley Elizabeth Fritz and husband Dan of Plattsmouth, Neb., and Katherine Nicole Schwartz of Omaha, Neb.; a step-grandson, Dana Matthew Schwartz and wife Melissa of Lenexa; and six great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Ward Arnold Graham, two sisters, Ruth Mosley and Marolinn Smith; and a grandson, Branson Keith Reif.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Joshua Leu presiding. Burial will follow in Hoisington Cemetery.
Friends may call 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, with family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Kans for Kids Endowment/GBCF or First Christian Church, Great Bend in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, PO Box 146, Hoisington, KS 67544.
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PO Box 146
Hoisington, KS 67544.
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 28, 2017