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Norma Lou (Backus) Keith

Born: Wed., Apr. 7, 1943
Died: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Mon., Dec. 23, 2019
Location: Simms United Methodist Church

Memorial Service

6:00 PM Mon., Dec. 23, 2019
Location: Simms United Methodist Church

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Norma Lou Keith, 76, of Swiss, passed away after a short illness on December 18, 2019, in Charleston.  Born April 7, 1943, in Swiss she was the daughter of Arthur and Radie Kiser Backus.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Jeffrey Keith, two brothers Charles “Gus” Backus and Robert Backus, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Harry and Nora Jordan, two nephews Hoy Miller Jr. and David Jordan.

She is survived by her daughter, Anita Keith (Jeff Wright); Anita’s brother Todd Trent (Robin); grandchildren Jason Keith, Chrissy Packtor, Trevor Keith and Logan Backus; son-in-law Robert Packtor; sisters-in-law Martha Backus, Lorena Backus, Norma Miller (Hoy).  She is also survived by nephew Tony Backus; nieces Jennifer Crouch (John), Julie Haller, Cindy Duffield (Jerry), Jewel Miller, Belinda Jordan and Kimberly Bailey (Howard); several great nieces and nephews; many cousins, her best friend of 70 years Shirley Grose (Junior), and her church family at Simms Memorial Methodist Church.

Norma retired from C&P Telephone.  She later worked as a secretary at Lizemores Elementary School, Dixie Grade School and Zela Elementary School.  She served as a Foster Grandparent for the Nicholas County School System.  She was very active in her church including years of making “Heavenly Hotdogs”.

A memorial service will be held 6 PM Monday, December 23, 2019 at the Simms Memorial Methodist Church of Swiss, WV with Minister Phil Hickman officiating assisted by Clarence Thomas. Friends may gather with the family at the church two hours prior to the service.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.penningtonfuneral.com. Pennington-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Keith family.

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Robin Brown
   Posted Thu December 19, 2019
My sincere condolences to all those who loved Norma, she will be missed.
May your memories comfort you when sadness is overwhelming~

Dennis Bennett
   Posted Thu December 19, 2019
I worked with her at Dixie and found her to be a wonderful, caring lady. She was a joy to be @.

Garrett Burgess
   Posted Thu December 19, 2019

GARDEN PATH was sent by Garrett Burgess.

Sending our thoughts and love to you all in this trying time. With Love, Brenna, Garrett, and Syihan

Valerie Mullins
   Posted Thu December 19, 2019
I worked with Norma at Dixie. She was a joy to have as a friend. She took care of me there, and I enjoyed listening to her chuckle when she got tickled. I loved her so much, and she will be missed. Prayers to you all.

Bill Brown
   Posted Sun December 22, 2019
My wife, Patsy, and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Norma, my cousin. She was a sweet, caring lady and will be greatly missed by all of us who loved her. The family reunion next summer will feel her absence, but we will honor her memory knowing she is at peace in God's loving arms.

Jan Stevens
   Posted Sun December 22, 2019
Anita, I worked with Norma beginning in 1967 when I went to work in the Reproduction Dept at C & P Telephone. I worked with her directly for about a year and after that saw & talked to her often in the bldg at 1500 McCorkle in Kanawha City. She was a great co worker and a wonderful friend. I believe we worked evenings part of the time. She always talked about you and Jeff & she loved you both dearly. She was a very caring person. I know she will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss. Jan Haynes Older Stevens.

Linda Taylor
   Posted Tue December 31, 2019
I worked with Norma through the Nicholas County Board of Education. She was such a nice and personable person. I always enjoyed seeing her out in public because we would stop and chat and discuss what was going on in life. i will miss her. My prayers go out to you and your family during this time.

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