Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre

1969 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, ON


Eleanor Catherine Keith

December 27, 1919February 8, 2020

Keith, Eleanor Catherine (nee Lediett) R.N. 100 years of age. Born in Blind River, Ontario. Died peacefully Feb. 8, 2020 with her three daughters by her side. The proud matriarch of five generations all inspired by and grateful for her amazing life. Predeceased by beloved husband Dr. W. Elliott Keith (1994), infant son Charles (1948) and by her siblings Norman, Marion and Vernon. Will forever be in the hearts of daughters Marion Keith (David DeKindt), Margaret Keith (James Brophy) and Joan Desjarlais (Bryan.) Grandchildren Daniel Cockerham (Nadine Mansour), Laura Ackermann (Paul), Jane McArthur, Mary McArthur (Dale Woitte), John McArthur (Erika), Allison Desjarlais (Steve Doyle) Jeffery Desjarlais (Dragana), Michael. Great grandchildren Amy (Ben), Lauren (Christopher), Aelwynn, Eleanor, Erin, Ellen, Andrew, Elliott, Anderson, Emerson, Aila, Spencer, Sam, Lucas and Connor. Great great grandchildren Jameson, Jackson (2010) and Christopher. Many treasured nieces and nephews will miss their Aunt Ellie. A passionate learner, feminist, pastoral counsellor, singer, writer, friend to everyone she met, including her companions, both staff and residents, of St. Clair Beach Retirement Home where she gave the gift of herself to spread happiness and love. We offer our heartfelt gratitude to her wonderful LHIN, Paramed, and VON e-shift care providers and to Dr. D. Soulliere and the Met Campus medical team. We are forever grateful to Reverend Robin Sherman for her steadfast and loving support. Cremation has taken place. There will be a private family celebration of her life. Donations in Eleanor’s name welcomed by Tecumseh United Church. Thoughts and memories may be shared at walterdkellyfuneralhome.com “I’ll be riding the gentle breeze as it blows through your hair, Reminding you we shared in the joy of living.” E. Maccoll


  • Following cremation, a Celebration of Eleanor's life will be held by her family.


Eleanor Catherine Keith

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kathleen knott

February 20, 2020

Dear Marion, Margaret and Joan I cannot tell you how sad Heather and I were to learn of your dear mom's passing. I always called Eleanor my "Mother in the Lord" and she holds a very special place in our hearts. She adopted me as a daughter when my parents moved to California when I was in grade 13 and she was always there for me. When I was so sick after Heather was born your mom helped take care of me and Heather. I will forever remember your mom as a kind, gentle, caring, compassionate, loving, special woman. Both Heather and I are so grateful for the loving person she was in our lives. Thanks for sharing Eleanor with us. Love to all of your families.
Kathleen McKillop Knott

ian mcleod

February 16, 2020

The notice of passing of Eleanor brought back a flood of warm memories of Eleanor and her wonderful extended family. It was an honour to be involved in the care of such a special family.
Elliot ,Eleanor , and her family are superb examples of the rewards of practicing family medicine
Dr Ian McLeod

Beth Piet

February 16, 2020

Dear Marion and family,
I am compelled to write to say the few times I had contact with your mom were important to me and always memorable.
She was an exceptional woman and I felt proud to know her.
She knew how to make a person feel special!
It has been a long time since we have seen one another, but I wish you the best always and may you find peace in your memories and celebrating a life well lived!

Linda Culver

February 15, 2020

My most sincere condolences to Elenor’s entire family. I can only imagine your heartbreak to loose this beautiful woman. I had the pleasure of knowing Elenor at St Clair Beach Retirement home where I work . She was always such a pleasure to chat with . Always a smile and so many encouraging words . Elenor always loved giving us a little sweet treat , her Kit Kat bars . I feel truly blessed to have met her . She will be truly missed at St Clair Beach Retirement home . Rest In Peace sweet Elenor 🙏

Bill Johns

February 15, 2020

Dear Joan and Bryan,
We were saddened to read of Eleanor's passing. Our condolences to you and your entire family at this time.
We will Eleanor's smile, that twinkle in her eyes and kind words that she shared with us at Church.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you .
Bill and Mary Johns

Patricia Stevenett

February 14, 2020

All the words I have ever heard to describe Eleanor : leader, friend, inspiring, courageous, determined, kind, positive, a lover of family, a sharp mind, encourager. .. In her own way she has inspired by example - her faith, courage and strength. She will surely be remembered and missed by her close family members, and by those of us who only knew her for a short time.

I can see her smile, hear her friendly greeting.
My condolences to all of you.

pat stevenett

Judy & Andre Boutin

February 14, 2020

Ahdre and I were sorry to lose Eleanor. She used to remind me that I played the organ for her husband's funeral and this was the original basis for our friendship. Since we have been at Chartwell St. Clair Beach we have enjoyed her company in both the Book Club and the Poetry Club. We will miss her for a long time to come! We are so sorry for your loss.


Carolyn McClure

February 14, 2020

Joannie and Bryan - sending my sincerest condolences on the loss of your dear mom - she was the matriarch of your family
that is for sure. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you. Those we love don’t go away - they walk beside us everyday- unseen, unheard, but always near - still loved, still missed and very dear to all. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. ❤️

Susan Clark (Mitchell)

February 14, 2020

As a neighbour growing up behind the Keith’s home I remember so many times my sister, Jan, and I played at The Keith’s and how very welcoming and loving Mrs Keith was to us. She would cup her hands around our faces and give us a loving compliment or a kind word of welcome. I remember lots of fun sleep overs in the bedroom at the front of the house with Marion and the delicious meals either in the cosy kitchen or ,on special occasions, at the big dining room table. I had lasagna for the first time there and I saw a coloured tv that was rented for the Rose bowl parade. I remember going skating in the rink beside their home and playing fort in their backyard and always Mrs. Keith looking out for us from their back porch. She was a dear dear lady and a wonderful Mom. My sincere sympathy is extended to Marion, Margaret, and Joanie and the rest of the Keith family.

Denise Walker

February 12, 2020

I am one of many who has been blessed to call Eleanor and her beautiful family my friends.
Enjoy your reward Eleanor and one day we'll catch up on the other side.
Love always, Denise