Bertha Marie Keys

April 2, 1942 - November 7, 2013

Bertha Marie Keys, age 71, of McKinney, Texas passed away in Frisco, Texas on November 7, 2013. She was born on April 2, 1942 in Rock Island, Illinois to Gladys O. (Thornton) and Russell Davis, Sr. Bertha retired from John Deere in Moline, IL after 24 years of service. 

Bertha enjoyed being involved in volunteer work and helping those in need. She was an avid gardener, loved to shop and spend time with her family and friends.  

Bertha is survived by her three children, Richard Keys and his wife, Christine of Boca Raton, Florida, Lisa Keys-Blair and her husband, Garriet of Frisco, Texas, Fay Keys and her husband, Daris Cotton of Temple Hills, MD; six grandchildren, Sydney Keys, Madison Keys, Montana Keys, Hunter Keys, Finley Blair and Garrison Blair; one great-granddaughter, Zoey Keys; two sisters, Sara Ann Sparks and her husband, Albert of Burlington, Iowa, Donna Davis Hill of Silvis, Illinois; two brothers, Russell Davis, Jr. and his wife, Phyllis of Milan, Illinois, James Davis and his wife, Louise of Plano, Texas; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Bertha is preceded in death by her parents, Gladys and Russell Davis, Sr.

Visitation will be held at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 8520 Main Street, Frisco, TX 75034 on Friday, November 15, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A private interment will be held at Ridgeview West Memorial Park in Frisco, Texas.  Memorial Services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 6034 Ohio Dr, Frisco, TX, 75035 on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM with Scott Stoltz officiating.

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Sorry for your loss, I just found out, I was thinking of your Family, and to my surprise your Mother has passed. I remember meeting her back in 1988/89 she was a very nice women with inner-strength. Thanks to Faye for introducing me to her....Ricky, Lisa & Faye was part of a community project to help raise funding for a shelter in our area through a Fashion Show...Thank You!!! You can tell that your upbringing was very positive good and wholesome & kind people. May the blessing of your Mother be with you Always. Debbie & Family!!!
Debbie & Family, August 12, 2016 Just heard about your mom I just wanted to give my condolences. Your family is in my prayers. patricia ann davis, November 21, 2013 I worked with Bertha at Deere & Company and she was one of the nicest people I've ever met. She was calm, helpful, sweet and went the extra mile to solve problems. She was simply a dear woman. My sympathy to the entire family and especially to Donna. Joyce Kuehl, November 21, 2013 Our prayers and love are with the Keys Davis family. Bertha was such a dear and gracious woman and child of the living God. She will be deeply missed. Bill and Odette Y Foster-Jackson, Galesburg, Il, November 16, 2013 sorry to hear about the loss of aunt Bertha she will be truly missed my prayers are with you now during these difficult times Todd And Cynthia Davis , November 15, 2013 We are so sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy Robert, Robbie & Rodney Scott, November 15, 2013 To the Davis/Keys family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Bertha has been a very dear family friend for as long as I can remember. As a child I spent many a holiday with the Davis/Keys family, those are some of my fondest memories. Bertha was a dear, sweet woman who will be missed. Prayers for all of you during this difficult time. Casey Kelso Halsey, November 15, 2013 It was my pleasure to work with Bertha and Donna at Deere & Company before my retirement on June 1, 1986. I was so sorry to read of Bertha's passing, and I extend my deepest sympathy to all of her family. She was always so pleasant and I'll always remember her as one of the kindest and caring persons I've ever known. Helen Claeys, November 15, 2013 We are so sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy Ben and Ida Dixon, November 14, 2013 Rick, Lisa, and Fay.....My heart goes out to you. I'm so sorry for the loss of Aunt Bertha. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Andre' and Kristine Thornton, November 14, 2013 Donna and Family: Please accept my deepest sympathy. Steve Edwards, Rock Island, Illinois, November 14, 2013 The Pitchford family sends our condolences from fellow members of the Rock Island congregation. Revelations 14:13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say blessed are the dead who die in The Lord from now on, they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them. Pitchford Family, November 14, 2013 My deepest sympathy to the family. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with Bertha at Deere & Company. Rebecca Pagett, November 14, 2013 My heartfelt condolences go out to Bertha's family. I worked with her at John Deere and we became very good friends and shared our love for Longaberger baskets. She was always there to offer a kind word or give support. The memories we share with Bertha will keep her forever in our hearts. May God hold you in the palm of his hand as you help Bertha complete her journey. Peace be with you. Sandy Conway, November 14, 2013 Ricky, Lisa & Fay, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your beautiful mother. My prayers are with you. Jessie Bester, November 14, 2013 Ricky, Lisa and Fay just want to send our deepest condolences to you on the loss of your mother. Our prayers are with you and your entire family. Quincy & Tonya Davis, November 14, 2013 Rick, I was sorry to read of your mother's passing. Please know you and your family will be in my heart and prayers. Richard J Trinrud, November 14, 2013 James and Louise you have our deepest sympathy for the lost of your mother, you are in our prays. God Bless You and Your Family, Love You!! Earl and Lucille Webster, November 14, 2013 I had the pleasure of working with Bertha for several years at Deere. She was a wonderful lady. She always had a smile on her face and was so very helpful. Dolores Stack, November 14, 2013 Dear Keys/Davis Family, We share in the pain and sorrow of the loss of your family member and our friend Bertha. Like you, we also share in joy and celebration the fond memories of her shared life. We feel so blessed by having known and being a part of her life and recognizing her significant role in family, work, fellowship, church and community. Know that we, along with so many others, are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. May they, along with all of our fond memories of Bertha, help in sustaining you during this difficult time. Karen and Jim Collins, November 14, 2013 James, We send you our heart felt prayers. May God continue to shower his blessing on you and your family. The Harper& Moore Family. Johnnye Webster Harper, November 13, 2013 Rick and Christine, we were so sorry to read of your mother's passing. You will be in oour prayers during this difficult time. Dale and Nancy Risius, November 13, 2013 Our condolences go the Keys and Davis families. Bertha was a wonderful woman with a kind heart and gentle spirit. Our prayers are with all of you. Helen and J. D. Ross, November 13, 2013 To the family of Bertha Keys, we are truly sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this diffucult time. Melvin and Karen Rummels and Family, November 13, 2013 Bertha, a beautiful, kind, loving and gentile person. I will truly miss you. especially the warm spirit you exuded inside and out. You are unbeatable. They say God takes his best flock first. You truly are his best flock. Deborah S. Shivers, November 13, 2013 My deepest Sympathy to the Keys and Davis family.My 2 sisters Anne and Jackie were very dear and lifetime friends with Bertha and the Davis Family.My Prayers go out to the family Michelle Meadows Morris, November 13, 2013 I worked with Berta at Deere many years ago and rarely was there a person with a kinder heart, better spirit or ready smile than this dear woman. I was sad to read of her passing but know her funeral service will be a memorial of joy and gladness at the life this woman lived. Bless all the family and especially you, Donna. Dale W Hendricks, November 13, 2013 May God continue to look over the Davis-Keys Family during this most heartfeld time on the transition of your beloved sister Bertha. Judith Ann Archer, November 13, 2013 Fay, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. You and your family are in my prayers. Debbie Bragg-Barfield, November 13, 2013 I am sorry to hear of your Mother passing. Rick, Christine and family, you have my heartfelt condolences. Always hold her memory close to your heart. All my love to you at this time. Patti Waack, November 13, 2013 On behalf of the Tabernacle Baptist Church family; I extend our prayers and sympathy to the Keys family. I have known Bertha and found her to be a genuine, inspirational, compassionate person. Dr. Melvin Lawrence Grimes, November 13, 2013 I was so saddened to learn of Bertha's passing. We worked together at John Deere, and she was always so pleasant and delightful. We have lost a beautiful person. Joanne MacVey, November 13, 2013 Bertha was always that friend where I could always get re-energized from her quiet strength. We have been friends for as long as I can remember. There is a hole in my heart. I will miss my friend. Anne Shoots Thibeaux, November 13, 2013 Ricky, Lisa and Fay I was truly sorry to hear about your loss. Your Mom was the best godmother and I will truly miss her. I wish I could be there with you all, may the good Lord bless all of you. Love you, Camille E Kelso, November 12, 2013 So sorry to hear about Bertha's passing. I worked with her at John Deere and she was always a joy to work with. She always had a smile on her face and always cheered me up. Brad Hilligoss, November 12, 2013 Lisa, I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. I can tell from the memorials that she was a very special person to many and that your sweet, generous spirit is a reflection of her. I continue to pray for comfort and peace for you and your family at this difficult time. Jill Shepherd, November 12, 2013 Lisa, Our deepest condolences to you and your family. I fondly remember your mom and the many stories you shared. May you find comfort in the memories you hold in your heart. Dana & Joe Johnson, November 12, 2013 Lisa, I am so very sorry that you lost your mother so soon. I pray that you sense the comfort of the Spirit in these days. Tanya Foret Tanya Foret, November 12, 2013 I only met Bertha once, briefly, through her daughter Lisa. However, her spirit lives on in the stories Lisa has shared with me of her. I have been inspired by these stories and only hope I can be as inspirational to my children others as she was. Her beautiful legacy remains. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Lauren Baker-Magalhaes, November 12, 2013 Our thoughts are with you, Rick, Christine, Madison, Montana, Hunter, Lisa and family, and Fay and family. We extend to all of you our sympathy and concern. I wish I had had to opportunity to know your mom. She looks like such a wonderful person. From what you have told us about her, I know she was. God bless all of you and yours, now and always. Marc and Carol Ann Gellerman Marc and Carol Ann Gellerman, November 12, 2013 Our memories of our beloved Bertha are etched into the fiber of our lives. Graceful, kind, intelligent, helpful, generous and eternally beautiful are adjectives that attempt to capture the essence of our relative and one of Godâ??s righteous made manifest on earth. Often the Elders in our family would say that â??they would rather see a sermon than hear oneâ?? and she was a living example that makes us so proud. She will be forever ours. Love, service and uncompromising faith will be her life's sermon to us all. May God continue to bless you Bertha, we love you. Cousin Bobby and Sheryl Bobby & Sheryl Johnson, November 11, 2013 I was sorry to hear about the death of Bertha Keys. The family has my heartfelt condolences. I look forward to the promises made in the Bible at John 5:28, 29 and Revelation 21:4, 5. Sharon (Poe) Penn, November 11, 2013 Bertha will always have a special place in my heart. She treated me like one of her own the first time she met me. She became momma Bert to me and I will miss her. Rick, Lisa, and Faye my prayers are with you. Love Your Brother Country and family. Michael Country Johnson, November 10, 2013