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“I was one of the "young ones" at Dr. Muenk's office when Evelyn was our office Mom. I cannot describe how her care and concern for others was...Read More »
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Evelyn May Keast, age 88, died Monday, December 26, 2016 at Crittenton Hospital in Rochester Hills, Michigan. The story of Evelyn's life begins and ends in almost the same area of Oakland County, Michigan. Evelyn was born July 31, 1928 in Pontiac, Michigan; daughter of the late Harold Osborn and the late Margaret (nee: Turner) Osborn, who had moved to America from England several years earlier with Evelyn's sister, Margaret Joan Rash. However, only thirteen days after Evelyn was born, her mother died from birth complications.

Evelyn's parents had been working together at an estate owned by one of Michigan's early automobile "royalty" families whose property is now the location of the municipal offices of Avon Township. Following the death of her mother, her father had to find new employment and the family moved from Oakland County to Grosse Pointe Farms. Soon thereafter, her father remarried and Evelyn and her sister were primarily raised there by her step-mother, Esther Osborn. A brother, Donald Osborn, was born several years later.

Her father, with his strong English accent, worked as the classic English Butler for several of Grosse Pointe's elite families. These wealthy families summered each year on the East Coast while Evelyn and her family would make the trek to Manchester by the Sea in Massachusetts to be near her father while he worked for over ten years. Her favorite cousin, Grace, would also accompany them during these summers. The entire time, Evelyn enjoyed all of the many outdoor activities such as swimming, tennis, etc. She would share her memories of these summers all the rest of her life.

Evelyn went on to graduate from Grosse Pointe High School where she loved to dance and was voted "best dancer" in her senior class. She even taught ballroom dancing for a while at the iconic Arthur Murray Studios. After graduation, she went to work for General Motors where she met her future husband, Al. She later worked in the Detroit Tigers' front office doing bookkeeping. She proudly informed people, for the rest of her life, of her time with the Tigers, including how the Tiger's General Manager would drive her to work each day so that she didn't have to take the bus. She would also tell of how she got to eat lunch with the players and watch home games after completing her work. However, when it came time to travel with the team to Florida for spring training, Al convinced her to stay in Michigan and get married. She remained a loyal Tiger fan throughout the rest of her life.

Evelyn and Al were married in 1948 and beginning in 1950, Evelyn became the classic "stay at home" Mom. She was always hands on whether it was her kids' school or non-school activities like Scouts, Little League, etc. In 1969, there was an opportunity for Evelyn and Al to chaperone Douglas' high school choir on an overseas trip back to England which afforded her the opportunity of visiting her family roots. She and Al had a wonderful trip that created many lasting memories and stories to be told for years. She wrote a lengthy diary detailing the entire trip so that she could share it with everyone.

Evelyn loved travelling and would budget vacations every year so that the family had the opportunity to see most of the United States together. In later years, Evelyn and Al would take several trips together to Europe, Hawaii, and Bermuda.

During her kids' college years, Evelyn returned to the workforce where she was employed as a receptionist in a doctor's office to help pay for their college. Evelyn worked for Dr. Muenk for over 15 years before retiring. She was often referred to as "Mom" by the young staff members because she looked out for them as she would her own children. As her kids grew up and her family expanded, Evelyn's world revolved around her family and grandchildren. She happily shared her time with the grandchildren taking them miniature golfing, having them over to swim at the Condo pool, and picking apples and eating donuts and cider at the apple orchards. She truly impacted the lives of many, especially her precious loved ones.

Evelyn was the beloved wife of the late Eldred "Al" Keast, and was the loving mother of David (Lisa) Keast, Douglas Keast, Janice (Jim) Cayce, Joan (Phil) Levitt, and Marcia (Brad) Dryer. She was the sister of the late Margaret Joan Rash and Donald Osborn. Dear sister in-law of Joyce Osborn. Mrs. Keast is also survived by her 14 grandchildren; Laura (David) Godlewski, Alison (Andrew) Tackett, Brianna Keast, Sarah Keast, Rebecca Keast, Rachel (Paul) Szlaga, Erin Cayce, Andrew (Christina) Cayce, Ryan (Britni) Levitt, Matthew (Genna) Levitt, Davis Dryer, Austin Dryer, Christian Dryer, and Isabelle Dryer. Evelyn is also survived by her great-grandchildren; Jacob Engblom, Nicklaus Engblom, Shea Tackett, Keegan Tackett, Kayla Cayce, Zoey Cayce, Elizabeth Levitt, Weston Levitt, and former mother in-law of Carolyn Wyckhuys, Ann Keast, and Susan Zuccaro.

A Memorial Service for Evelyn will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church of Warren, 3000 East Twelve Mile Road in Warren, Michigan 48092.

Memorial donations are appreciated to the Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org,...or to the National Parkinson Foundation, www.parkinson.org

Please share memories of Mrs. Keast at her memory book above.