Macie Elliott Keith
July 13, 1921 – September 1, 2020
Macie Elliott Keith died September 1, 2020 after leading an inspiring, loving life of 99 years. Macie was born in Pensacola, NC on July 13, 1921 to Axie JoAnn Peterson Elliott and Lattie Columbus Elliott. She was the sixth of seven children. Macie graduated from Burnsville High School where she loved playing basketball and being a “tomboy.” She attended Greensboro Business School. In 1942 after working in Greensboro a couple of years, she moved to Wilmington, NC with her sister, Marie, to work at the rapidly expanding Camp Davis. In Wilmington she met and married her husband, Thomas Ray Keith of Fuquay Springs (today Fuquay-Varina). When Tom joined the Navy, she and her sister moved to Asheville.
After Tom returned from service, they lived in Louisburg, New Bern, Lenoir, Burlington and Charlotte during their 62 years of marriage. They especially enjoyed their many friends and activities across the state with the Shrine Club and travels with Tom’s WWII shipmates. She looked forward to her fall trips with Tom to the coast. She loved nature, animals (especially dogs) and gardening. She always had a special love for the mountains, her Yancey County relatives and her family reunions. She delighted in her granddaughters, Anna and Mary, from infancy to their unfolding careers.
Macie lived life with unrelenting optimism even as her vision and hearing declined and she faced increasingly difficult orthopedic issues. She sought the best in everyone and in every situation. She inspired others with her friendship and kindness, her determination, her love and her generous spirit. Her contagious laugh and quick, yet gentle wit were essential parts of her being.
In addition to her husband, Macie was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Homer Elliott, Raley Elliott, Lloyd Elliott, Clarence J. Elliott, Lattie Elliiott, Jr. and her sister, Marie Brown. Surviving are her daughter, Patricia (Patsy) Keith Wyatt and husband, John; her beloved granddaughters: Anna Gretchen Wyatt and Mary Macie Wyatt and her fiancé Nick Perron-Siegel, and Jennifer Keith O’Brien, Bryce and Brenda Burris; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was a member of Providence Baptist Church. Macie retired from Bell South. For the last thirteen years Macie lived at Plantation Estates in Matthews, NC.
Services will be limited to the immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, consider contributions to Faith Fellowship Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 756, Micaville, NC 28755 or help someone in need.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Macie Elliott Keith
September 7, 2020
Aunt Macie played a special role in my life. Upon graduating from college in 1970, I moved from Texas to Charlotte to begin my teaching career. She and Uncle Tom took me under their wing by inviting me to stay with them until I was settled. They helped me find my first apartment and first car. Patsy was away at college, so I got to have them all to myself. I cherish every minute of those memories.
Aunt Macie was so much fun! We would sit on their patio and visit while Uncle Tom prepared one of his famous fish fries or cooked out on the grill. Often she would provide positive words of wisdom as I shared the days teaching experiences. Also, they were the first guests I ever entertained in my new apartment (with a "gourmet" spaghetti dinner). Sometimes Aunt Macie would bravely let me fix her hair in the latest bouffant 70's style with lots of hair spray. The fondest recollections of Aunt Macie and Uncle Tom always included laughter. It seems like just yesterday.
Thank you, Patsy, for sharing your wonderful parents. They adored you and John and their precious granddaughters, Anna and Mary. I loved Aunt Macie so much and she lives on in my heart.
September 6, 2020
Dear Patsy and Family, My deepest sympathy on your loss. Macie was a lovely lady who will be missed. I am so glad I had the pleasure of working with her at Bell South. I knew she was something "special" when I found out she grew up in Burnsville! Sincerely, Dennis W. Jordan
September 5, 2020
I loved my Aunt Macie. I will always rememberer our visits in Beaufort and Charlotte with Patsy and John, with family at the Grove Park Inn and as a young girl and with my Mom and Dad in Arden and with our extended family at reunions in Burnsville. She inspired me with her energy for life, her positive attitude, sense of humor, kindness, and loving nature. She will be dearly missed. My love and sympathy goes out to all of her family and friends.
September 4, 2020
I will always remember our conversations in the afternoon and evening when I was passing meds. I didn't know her long, but her smile had me from the beginning. Her quick Witt and ability to keep you laughing. She touched my heart from the start. She frequently talked about her family, and that brought her happiness. My condolences to her Family. Love you Macie.
September 2, 2020
I always enjoyed spending time with Macie. She was such and up positive person like her sister Marie. We were blessed to spend time with her and many of her relatives during summer family reunions. I will always remember Macie with fondness. She will be truly missed by all.
September 2, 2020
I am so saddened at the death of one of my favorite aunts. I have so many wonderful memories of the times she and Uncle Tom visited our family in Burnsville North Carolina. I know she will be missed.