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Jonita Gladys Keyes

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Jonita G. Keyes

Jonita "Joni" Gladys Keyes was surrounded by family when she peacefully passed away on July 25, 2013. Born in Bellingham, Washington State in 1920, she enjoyed a farm life childhood with fresh air and fresh food on the banks of Bellingham Bay. When Jonita was 20 she took a train to Washington DC and worked for the FAA Civilian Pilot Training Program. After the war, she transferred to Santa Monica where she met Bill Keyes on a blind date and they married in 1950. Jonita worked for the Long Beach Airport after she became widowed in 1970. She was appreciated and loved by friends and family alike. She will be remembered for her support of the human spirit. Everyone who spent time with her recognized a special quality of understanding and her personal interest in them. She always had a smile. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret; her son, Greg and daughter-in-law, Melissa Keyes; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Jonita was interred with her William B. Keyes at the Inglewood Park Cemetery. There were no services at her request.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Aug. 24, 2013
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