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Irene Ward Keys

March 19, 1924 January 30, 2020
Irene Ward Keys
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Heaven blessed John D. and Mary Ward with an angel, Irene Ward Keys on March 19, 1924. Irene was born and grew up in Bogata, Texas. She attended public school in Deport, Texas.
On October 22, 1950 Irene married Louis Keys in Bogata, Texas. This union was blessed with 8 children; Janet, Louis, Jr., Joanna, Mary, Rose, Eula, Michael and Machelle.
Irene began her faith walk with the Lord at an early age in the Church of Living Pillar and Ground of truth in Bogata Texas. Her life as a servant to others was evidence, she has dedicated her life to God. She was not only a great teacher, but she was a zealous worker in the church. Irene worked alongside her husband and children for many years at the New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. She held many positions there: Sunday School Superintend, Sunday School Teacher, President of the Mission, President of the Building Fund and participated in the mission choir.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, John and Mary Ward, her husband Louis Keys, two children: Michael and Machelle, her sisters Vecola Harvey and Magnolia Murray, Nephew, Rudy Williams and her grandson, Lonnie Keys.
Left to cherish her memory and celebrate her life are: 5 daughters and one son; Janet Laverne Owens and her husband Richard, Louis Keys, Jr. and his wife Nora, Joanna Keys Hailey, Mary Keys McDonald, Rose Mary Houston and her husband Willie, Eula Vell Thomas and husband Dennis.
Grand children (16): Stephanie Jackson, Corey Keys and wife Brianna, Angela Busby and husband Bobby, Andrea Grimes and husband Sheldon, Adrianne Davis and husband LeVon, LaSandra Kay Hailey, Brandon Jermaine Keys and Wife Kendre’, Dunterio Thomas and wife Diamond, LaRonda Rankin, Jacqueline Houston, Marcus Houston, Christopher Houston and wife Lauren, Najwa Nwankwo, Rachel Owens, Belinda Hailey, Michael Hailey.
Great grandchildren (33) Xerius Tri’ion Jackson, Rhaishyd Career Green, Brelyn De’Shae Keys, Jared Allen Keys; Jelon Bryce Keys, Kyndal DeShea Busby, Bryce Kyle Busby, Kevin Ramont Simes, Jr., Kaleb Dominique Simes, Jordan Nichklas Turner, Vachelle Lloyd, Monyae Davis, LeVon Davis, III, Gabrielle Alexis Powell, Breann Rochelle Powell, Katherine Denise Green, Larry Darnell Moore, Jr., Bella Janae Keys, Kingston Alexander Keys, Marion De-ray Thomas, Cameron C. Thomas, Zavion Rankin, James Boyd, Demetrius Keys, Daniel Keys, LaDainian Devin Keys, Tyrese Deshun Keys, Jayden Raymond Keys, Jaspen Keys, Micah Ray Houston, Nevaeh Leshay Green and Kierra Grundy.
Great-Great grandchildren (9) Madison Jackson, Jayce De’Domi Cotton, Jerron Deon Cotton, Kinslee Irene Keys, Braylen Rayshawn Keys, Ja’Cobi De’Shun Caldwell, Keylee Rose Keys, Khylen Grundy, Noah Hall and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Leonard, TX 75452

First United Methodist Church
206 S. Main St Leonard 75452 TX
United States

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