Helen Elaine Keith

Helen Elaine Keith

Helen Elaine Keith of Plainwell, MI (Formerly of Otsego) passed away Thursday January 4, 2018 at the Life Care Center of Plainwell. She was born March 4, 1926 in Three Rivers, MI to Harlo and Helen (Price) Perry. She graduated from the Fort Wayne Bible College in 1956 and had attended Western Michigan before graduating from Wheaton in 1960. Following graduation Elaine traveled to Belgium where she studied French before moving on to Ivory Coast where she helped to establish Ivory Coast Academy and stayed to be the first to teach English speaking children at the academy. Elaine served in the mission field for over 33 years before returning to Michigan.

On March 23, 1996 she married David Keith and spent 7 wonderful years together before God called him home.

Surviving are her brother, John (Dawn) Perry of CA; niece and nephews, Sherman (Karen) Couk of Vicksburg, Crystal (James IV) Bennett of CA and Michael (Theresa Choi) Perry of CA and step-daughters, Beverly Tabler of IN and Janice (Jim) Carl.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Norma (Charles) Couk and Charleen Perry.

Friends may visit with Elaine’s family on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego from 10 A.M. until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Dan Bowman officiating.

Burial will take place at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Elaine may be directed to a former student of Elaine’s who is building a school in her name, for additional information please contact the funeral home.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com   

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  1. Karen Gay says:

    Reunited with family, now, & the Saviour she served so faithfully. “Absent from the body, present with the Lord!”
    Memories flood our minds, but it’s hard to be selfish when we know she is now made whole.

  2. Carolyn Jordan says:

    John & Dawn,
    My sincerest condolences to you & your family during this sad time. Elaine was a sweet Lady who loved God, her family & her students. May she now experience His promises of eternity in a place more beautiful than any of us can imagine. Elaine was certainly one of God’s children who heard the words, “Well done faithful servant, well done”. My prayers are with you.

  3. Gail Bulsok says:

    Keith family and loved ones. I’m so sorry for your loss. Elaine was a very sweet and soft spoken Lady. I enjoyed sharing time with her at LCCP . I will miss her deeply. May her memories bring your family joy and comfort in the days to come.

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