Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 20, 2013

Edith LaVerne Keffer-Haws

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — CEDAR HILL, Texas — Edith LaVerne Keffer-Haws (“Edee”), aged 69, died on Jan. 28, 2013 at Crestview Court in Cedar Hill, Texas, after a long struggle with cancer. Edee was born June 20, 1943, in Traverse City, Mich., the daughter of Glenn Keffer and June Nickerson-Keffer; granddaughter of June’s mother, Edith Nickerson-Barratt and Glenn’s mother, LaVerne Keffer.Edee is survived by her son, Randall Warren Haws (“Randy”); one brother, Richard Keffer; one nephew, Brian; and a number of other relatives and close friends in Michigan and in Texas.

Edee requested a memorial service in celebration of her life to be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley, Mich. Both Pastor Gary Wales of the Kingsley United Methodist Church and Edith’s son will be speaking in celebration of her life at the memorial service. Edith also requested not to have a public burial service, but to be private and reserved for her immediate family, her son Randy and her brother Richard.

In February 2013, a private memorial service was held in Cedar Hill, Texas by her son for close friends of the family living in Texas where Edee had called home for most of her life.

Some of Edee’s most memorable last words to her son were, “You know Randy, I lived a good life and I’ve raised a good son in you. I have done just about everything I could have ever wanted to do. I’m okay with everything. I don’t know what I would have done without you these past 15 years. Thank you for taking such good care of me. The angels are here for me.”

Randy’s last words to his mother before she passed way were, “Mom, I don’t want to say goodbye tonight, but everything’s going to be all right. You fought so many years and tried to show me strength and to win the fight. You worked so many jobs just to pay the bills, buying me things you couldn’t afford. How could I have ever asked for more? Don’t you worry now and don’t you fight it, because everything’s going to be all right. Just close your eyes and hear my voice say, everything’s going to be okay. I’m so glad that I got to tell you, all that I have is because of you. Sure, I don’t want to be left alone because I have so much more I want to say to you. But mom, it’s okay, I’ll be all right-so don’t fear the angels by your side.”

To view the permanent online guestbook and picture gallery for Edee, please visit and search for Edith Keffer-Haws.

Randy wishes to thank all of those who cared for Edee during her long struggle with cancer.