OBITUARY

Elaine V Keifer

November 19, 1927September 2, 2019
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KEIFER, Elaine V. 91, was born on November 19, 1927 in Akron, Ohio to Dorthea & Gomer Roberts. Her dad was a Fireman & Fire Inspector for Akron Fire Department of which she was so proud of him. Her mom was a Bookkeeper & Head cashier for the A& P. She is an only child and is fiercely proud of her Welsh and German heritage.

Her dad raised her as an avid outdoors woman teaching her to shoot, hunt, fish & camp (which she loved!). Her mom taught her to make delicious meals & to sew and dance. Elaine went to East High School and started working for A& P when she was 16 years old where she eventually became head bookkeeper. She met and married James B. Ward SR (Divorced) and gave birth to her only child James B. Ward Jr.

While working for A & P mom met the love of her life (who also worked for A&P!), James L. Keifer and they married on February 2, 1952. Together they shared many years of love & laughter until Alzheimer's stole Jim away from her. Jim passed away on January 1, 2019 just 1 month & 1 day shy of 60 years of marriage. The love they shared transcends time.

In 1963 they decided to leave Akron, Ohio and moved to Largo, Florida where they built their home. They were lifelong members of Largo Elks Lodge # 2159.

Elaine was a wife, mother, grandma, great grandma, aunt, cousin and friend .These were all the names she was known by. If you were lucky enough to call her any of these you were truly blessed. She was a strong and guiding light for her family. An angel that walked among us with a quick smile and a hug. She would come sit at the table let's have some comfort food and laughter. She would listen, offer sage advice or a scolding when needed. You always knew where you stood with her. She loved her family and was proud of us all.

Mom was a very versatile & interesting person. Some of her favorite things to do were crossword puzzles, cooking, baking (people loved her rum balls, peanut butter fudge & Amish beans!) crochet and knitting. She loved classical music and what she called “modern" music meaning, Andrea Bocelli and Kenny G, to name just a few! Mom also loved wolves, chickens (her walls can attest to this LOL!) and drinking a glass of Merlot wine with great company. She loved dogs, especially her Duke and Misty. She played the accordion (she never liked being the family entertainment as a child and young adult) but she loved to play and for herself. She loved roses gardening and her favorite color was purple.

The loving family she leaves behind are her son and daughter in law, James and Penny Ward; grandchildren, Erica and Wayne Gibson, Sasha and Keith Collins, Robert Ward, Karen Perez, Meghan and Alex Paulik and great grandchildren, Wyatt, Westen and Evaline "Viola" Gibson, Tiani, Talan ,Tayah, Maddux, Tymbree, Marric Urijah and Kaidynn Collins, Cameron Ward, Allison Miller, Delainey Perez and Silas Ward and cousin, Beverly and Bernie Scott.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st Street, Seminole, FL 33776 / 727-391-0121.

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  • The loving family she leaves behind are her son and daughter in law, James and Penny Ward; grandchildren, Erica and Wayne Gibson, Sasha and Keith Collins, Robert Ward, Karen Perez, Meghan and Alex Paulik and great grandchildren, Wyatt, Westen and Evaline "Viola" Gibson, Tiani, Talan ,Tayah, Maddux, Tymbree, Marric Urijah and Kaidynn Collins, Cameron Ward, Allison Miller, Delainey Perez and Silas Ward and cousin, Beverly and Bernie Scott.

Services

28 September

Celebration of Life

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home

7950 131 Street North
Seminole, FL 33776

28 September

Committal Service

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

7110 - Garden Sanctuary Cemetery

7950 131 Street North
Seminole, FL 33776

28 September

Reception

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home

7950 131 Street North
Seminole, FL 33776

Memories

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Sasha Collins

September 9, 2019



Grandma,

I never meet such a strong willed woman. I take all the time and effort you took us to be good kids and use it on my little ones today. I never let them flop on my couches or say huh, because huh is not a word. I will miss all your life lessons and endless egg sandwiches. I don’t have many memories as a child, but I remember every moment with you and grandpa. I am so happy I had the opportunity to drink wine with you in January and go down memory lane, especially Erica and her flip flops... Thank you for being part of my creation.

Penny Ward

September 9, 2019

Mom..where do I begin..we have had an interesting relationship these many year's. Thank you for sharing your life, family and history with me. Thank you for loving me and raising such a good man to be my husband. Thank you for the laughter & the tears..because we are 2 strong women that didn't always see eye to eye but we loved each other. I already miss our daily visits, laughing at something on tv and watching the Hallmark channel with you.
I will never Look at Tom Sellick , Tom Jones or Sean Connery without thinking of you..you know why ( LOL). I know that your where you wanted to be in the arm's of your Love ( Jim) & with your dad ( Gomer) who you missed terribly but most of all your standing in God's Amazing Grace and watching over us. You will forever be in my heart & on my mind. I Love you

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Biography

KEIFER, Elaine V. 91, was born on November 19, 1927 in Akron, Ohio to Dorthea & Gomer Roberts. Her dad was a Fireman & Fire Inspector for Akron Fire Department of which she was so proud of him. Her mom was a Bookkeeper & Head cashier for the A& P. She is an only child and is fiercely proud of her Welsh and German heritage.

Her dad raised her as an avid outdoors woman teaching her to shoot, hunt, fish & camp (which she loved!). Her mom taught her to make delicious meals & to sew and dance. Elaine went to East High School and started working for A& P when she was 16 years old where she eventually became head bookkeeper. She met and married James B. Ward SR (Divorced) and gave birth to her only child James B. Ward Jr.

While working for A & P mom met the love of her life (who also worked for A&P!), James L. Keifer and they married on February 2, 1952. Together they shared many years of love & laughter until Alzheimer's stole Jim away from her. Jim passed away on January 1, 2019 just 1 month & 1 day shy of 60 years of marriage. The love they shared transcends time.

In 1963 they decided to leave Akron, Ohio and moved to Largo, Florida where they built their home. They were lifelong members of Largo Elks Lodge # 2159.

Elaine was a wife, mother, grandma, great grandma, aunt, cousin and friend .These were all the names she was known by. If you were lucky enough to call her any of these you were truly blessed. She was a strong and guiding light for her family. An angel that walked among us with a quick smile and a hug. She would come sit at the table let's have some comfort food and laughter. She would listen, offer sage advice or a scolding when needed. You always knew where you stood with her. She loved her family and was proud of us all.

Mom was a very versatile & interesting person. Some of her favorite things to do were crossword puzzles, cooking, baking (people loved her rum balls, peanut butter fudge & Amish beans!) crochet and knitting. She loved classical music and what she called “modern" music meaning, Andrea Bocelli and Kenny G, to name just a few! Mom also loved wolves, chickens (her walls can attest to this LOL!) and drinking a glass of Merlot wine with great company. She loved dogs, especially her Duke and Misty. She played the accordion (she never liked being the family entertainment as a child and young adult) but she loved to play and for herself. She loved roses gardening and her favorite color was purple.

The loving family she leaves behind are her son and daughter in law, James and Penny Ward; grandchildren, Erica and Wayne Gibson, Sasha and Keith Collins, Robert Ward, Karen Perez, Meghan and Alex Paulik and great grandchildren, Wyatt, Westen and Evaline "Viola" Gibson, Tiani, Talan ,Tayah, Maddux, Tymbree, Marric Urijah and Kaidynn Collins, Cameron Ward, Allison Miller, Delainey Perez and Silas Ward and cousin, Beverly and Bernie Scott.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st Street, Seminole, FL 33776 / 727-391-0121.