Theodora  Keith
Theodora "Teddy" Keith, age 68, of Traverse City, died at her favorite flower-filled sanctuary, her home on Bellows Lake, on Oct. 3, 2019. She was surrounded by her family and friends as she made the next step in her life after a courageous battle with cancer.
Teddy was a woman of strength and determination in all that she tackled during her life; in return, cancer received from her the same. She will be greatly missed.
Teddy's life was filled with numerous joys: the joy of raising her son, Travis, and her nephew, Eddy Beyne, after the death of his father; the joy of spending 30 years with her husband, Tom Keith, at their home on Bellows Lake, where endless hours were spent on the lake, tending her numerous gardens and swimming with her grandsons; the passionate joy of her career in nursing, which included Munson hospital surgical center, Traverse City Regional Psychiatric Hospital and Great Lakes Community Mental Health. Many individuals were impacted by Teddy because of her influence, monitoring and guiding them through their lives. Her joy of reading, she was a voracious reader. Her routine included a weekly trip to the library, returning with four or five books at a time. Another joy, but not the least, were Teddy and Tom's travels across the United States in their RV. After all of their traveling, they picked Dauphin Island off the mouth of Mobile Bay. They spent the last six years wintering there, making many wonderful lifetime friends.
Teddy is survived by her husband, Tom Keith; son, Travis Cosens; nephew, Eddy Beyne; stepson, Troy (Kirsten) Keith; brother, Russell (Maxine); sisters, Elizabeth (Arthur) Bartlett and Melinda (Walter) Spencley; grandsons, Toren Keith and Dylan Keith; nieces; and nephews.
Teddy was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Iva Mae Beyne; brother, Jon Beyne; and her beloved dogs, Chester, Muggs, Spuds and Buddy.
A celebration of her life will be held Oct. 22, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1050 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City, MI 49686.
Teddy's wish for any contributions is to ask that you "pay it forward" to help in any fashion you choose.
Teddy and her family are being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services;
Published on October 13, 2019


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David and Elaine Sylvain-Riddle
Oct 22, 2019
Dear Tom and family
Elaine and I were saddened to hear of your loss. In my experience Teddi was a competent and energetic professional, who had a positive attitude about what we were doing. To you and her family she was much more. I’m glad you had the years together that you did. I know she will be missed. My own mobility issues will keep me from joining you for today’s celebration of her life, but we wish you and her family joyous memories of her life with you.
tony trubiroha
Oct 19, 2019
tom , sorry to read of the loss of your wife and partner my prayers and sympathy tony t
Thomas Borgeld (Tom)
Oct 13, 2019
Dear Tom; family too,
I saw Teddy's remembrance in the paper this morning, 10/13/19. I am so sorry for your loss; the loss of your spouse and companion. I know what that is like and my heart aches for you. I will call you when I can find a number that works for you. Don't hesitate to call me if you like. Know that you are thought of with kind and loving thoughts.
Tom Borgeld