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Alerta Naomi Keyes


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Alerta Naomi Keyes

A memorial service is scheduled at 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 13, 2018 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Alerta Naomi Keyes, age 92, of Roswell, NM and Ruidoso, NM, who passed away at home on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

Alerta was born in East Anglia, England. She survived the Blitz during World War II making parts for radios outside of London. She married Robert Grant Keyes on September 3, 1945 in a Church of England, ceremony at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. They met during the war while he was stationed with the 8th Air Force, attached to the 100th Bomb Group in Thorpe Abbotts, England.

Alerta came through Staten Island in New York after much red tape and arrived in Roswell in August of 1946. She became a U.S. citizen shortly thereafter and helped her husband build their home in Roswell and their summer home in Ruidoso.

Alerta loved her family, friends and kind neighbors and enjoyed her hobbies of gardening, sewing, writing poetry and watching animals. She and her husband traveled to all fifty states, as well as Canada, Mexico and Europe. She was a lifetime member of the 100th Bomb Group (8th Air Force).

Alerta was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; a brother and three sisters. She is survived by her daughters, Marsha Keyes and Giselle Keyes; a sister-in-law, Jodie Keyes; nephews, Conrad Keyes, Richard K. Davidson, Robert K. Meyer, Frank Hayward, Peter Riches; and nieces, Patricia Hayward and Diane Secker.

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She is also survived by her cousins in Canada, Marguerite, Betty and Jane and dear friends; Hulda, Jan, Rose, Pat, Connie, Julie and Larry, Adelaide, Carol, Ron, Evelyn, Gail, Harvey, Mickie and Wade.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to: The Assurance Home, Inc., 1000 E. 18th Street, Roswell, NM 88201; Roswell Humane Society, 703 E. McGaffey, Roswell, NM 88203; 100th Bomb Group Foundation, 13 Ettington Lane, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72714; 100th Bomb Group UK Affliliate, C/O Ron Batley, 6 Bungay Road, Scole Diss, Norfolk, England 1P21 4HH or to your favorite charity.


When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow
starts without me,
if the sun should rise and find your eyes
all filled with
tears for me,
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry,
the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things,
we didn’t get to say.
I know how much
you love me,
as much as I love you,
and each time that
you think of me,
I know you’ll
miss me, too.
But when tomorrow starts without me,
please try to understand,
that an angel came and called my name,
and took me
by the hand.
She said my place
was ready,
in heaven far above,
and that I’d have
to leave behind,
all those I dearly love.
So when tomorrow
starts without me;
don’t think
we’re far apart,
for every time
you think of me,
I’m right here
in your heart.


Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com


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