Jimmie Doris KeelingJune 17, 1924 ~ November 7, 2017 (age 93)
JIMMIE DORIS KEELING, 93, of Baytown, Texas, joined her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.
Jimmie was born June 17th, 1924, in Jonah, Texas to parents, Pirvey (Pete) and Annie Cole.
Jimmie married the love of her life, CLYDE H. KEELING, on October 4, 1941. Jimmie and Clyde recently celebrated 76 years of marriage. To this marriage, six children were born: Michale, Barbara, Cindy, Charles, Sandra and Lori. Jimmie was "Nana" to 16 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren. Jimmie's greatest joy was taking care of Clyde, their children, and their very large family. She attended many sporting events of her children and grandchildren. She and Clyde were, above all else, a wonderful inspiration of what true love is. What a legacy she leaves behind!
Jimmie was an avid reader. The words that describe her best are brave, courageous, bold, loving, Godly, inspirational, and best friend to all, especially her beloved husband of 76 plus years.
Jimmie was also an accomplished cook and all her family loved Sunday after church get-togethers at "Nana and PawPaw's house" to enjoy her home-cooked meals. Her specialties were many, but chicken-n-dumplings, peanut brittle, and "Nana's sweet tea" were the family favorites.
In addition to the demands of being the mother of six, Jimmie wore many hats while her children were young. Some of her many talents included baking and early morning delivery of pies to the Yellow Jacket Inn on Bayway Drive in Baytown; selling Mission Life Insurance; sewing / making clothes for her children; and most importantly, leading her family in faith. She inspired us all. Her faith led her to start a new career late in life at Highlands United Methodist Church where she worked as church secretary for 22 years. Jimmie loved the Lord and loved her church family. She and Clyde have been members since 1966.
Jimmie was preceded in death by son, Michale E. Keeling; brothers, Vaughn Cole and Maurice Dean Cole; and sisters, Maddie Boyd and Mable Waldron.
Jimmie is survived by husband Clyde H. Keeling; daughter-in-law, Donna Keeling; daughter; Barbara Dressler (Jerry); daughter, Cindy Creel (Bill); son, Charles Keeling (Glenda); daughter, Sandra Chitty (Sammy); and daughter, Lori Hackfeld (Curtis). Grandchildren include Lisa Schultz (Tim), Terrie Doggett (Bryce), Angela Bujnoch (Dean), Doug Keeling (Tana), Skyla Badger (Deme), Stacy Bode (David), Jeremy Dressler (Andrea), Coady Creel (Ty), Casey Creel (Jen), Hillary Armstrong (Luke), Crystal Shephard (Clayton), Malloury Keeling, Kady Keeling, Kaylee Weaver (James), Colton Hackfeld (Kaleigh) and Jessica Hackfeld. Jimmie is also survived by 32 great-grandchildrenn, one brother, John Cole, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to caregivers Angela Gabriel and Girlie Franklin for their loving care, as well as the staff of Faith Hospice.
Honoring the family as pall bearers are grandsons, Doug Keeling, Jeremy Dressler, Coady Creel, Casey Creel and Colton Hackfeld, and great-grandson, Brian Schultz.
A visitation will be held at Sterling-White Funeral Home, 11011 Crosby Lynchburg Rd., Highlands, Tx., in Highlands, Texas, on Friday evening, November 10, 2017, from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Services will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 am at Highlands United Methodist Church, 107 W. Houston, Highlands, Tx. Burial will be immediately after the funeral service at White Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jimmie's memory can be made to the following:
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
CATTLEMEN FOR CANCER RESEARCH
650 Cool Water Drive
Bastrop, Tx. 78602
Highlands United Methodist Church
107 W. Houston St.
Highlands, Tx. 77562