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Rilla Louise Carter Keith Obituary


Rilla Louise Carter Keith

Cary – Rilla Louise Carter Keith, 77, of Cary, North Carolina, died March 22, 2022. Rilla was a resident of the SearStone community and was cared for at Brittany Place in skilled nursing care for the past six years of his life. Rilla was born March 1, 1945 and grew up on a farm in Commerce, Georgia.

Rilla and her husband John have been married for 52 years. They moved to North Carolina in 2007 to be near their beloved daughter and grandchildren who live in Durham. Rilla earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s degree in Spanish Language Studies from the campus branch of Middlebury College in Madrid, Spain. She taught Spanish and French at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount.

Rilla loved music and as a child learned to play the piano, flute and guitar. She played the organ and piano in many churches during her life, including Managua, Nicaragua, and Nice, France, where John served as an Episcopal minister. Additionally, she has sung with several choirs, most recently with the Fearrington Village Singers. Rilla loved animals and occasionally told stories of her beloved horse Oakie from childhood. While living in Montgomery, AL, she became a pet therapy volunteer with the Humane Society; and for several years she and her dogs visited hospitals, schools and nursing facilities to bring joy, comfort and education to others.

Rilla is survived by her husband, Reverend John M. Keith (retired rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Pike Road, Alabama); daughter, Lauren CK Goslin; grandchildren Lennox (17) and Arabella (14); sister-in-law, Ann Cronan and husband Glen; brother-in-law, Dr. Thomas Keith and wife Sandra; several cherished nieces and nephews; and a large community of friends.

A memorial for Rilla will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary, North Carolina on May 14, 2022. In lieu of flowers, Rilla’s family recommends consideration of donations in his honor to: The Montgomery Humane Society (www.montgomeryhumane.com); Grace Episcopal Church (www.graceepiscopalpikeroad.org) or LEAP Durham (www.durhamleap.org).

Posted on March 26, 2022

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