Ivy Loraine Kimber Keyes – 24 September 1927
Ivy was born on September 24, 1927, to Lawrence and Nola Kimber in Grouse Creek, Utah. She was the third of nine children. There were three boys, Clifton, Wayne and Glenn, and six girls, Elva, Ivy, Norene, Myrna, Jeneil and Bernice. Ivy graduated from Box Elder High School in Brigham City and then attended BYU. She has remained a lifelong Cougar fan in every sport. She later attended Weber State College where she met Jack W. Keyes, who had recently returned from serving in the Navy during WWII. They were married and sealed on March 25, 1947, in the Salt Lake Temple and became lifelong residents of Uintah, Utah.
Ivy had a deep and profound testimony and love for the gospel of Jesus Christ and was often found seated at her kitchen table reading the Ensign, a good church book or her well-marked scriptures. She served in several church callings and leadership positions including Temple Sealing assignments and Relief Society President. Her favorite calling was serving with her husband Jack as Stake leaders for the M-Men and Gleaners. They served together in this calling for 12 years and mentored many young adults whom she loved and remained close to throughout her life.
Ivy was a renowned cook who could cook anything and make it delicious. She owned and operated her own successful catering business and wrote two cookbooks. She loved to cook for others and just weeks before her passing she was in her kitchen baking cookies and making treats for her family and neighbors. She loved music, especially playing her piano. She also enjoyed quilting and embroidering pillowcases which she gave to her family, grandchildren and friends.
Ivy loved people and they loved her. Everyone thought that they were her favorite and they were right. Her positive influence on the community and her family will be felt for years to come. Ivy’s love for her siblings was something very special and even extended beyond them to their children.
Ivy and Jack were blessed with 5 children who had a deep and abiding love for their wonderful parents. Linda, Donald, Connie, Mike and Bruce and Carolyn. She loved and was dearly loved and admired by her 17 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
Ivy Loraine Kimber Keyes passed from this mortal life on January 24, 2019, of natural causes, she was 91. Her interment will be in the Uintah cemetery where she will be buried next to her eternal companion, Grandpa Jack.