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Mrs. Nellie Mae Garrett Keel was born in Panama City, Florida on April 30, 1937. She was the fourth child born thttps://view.oneroomstreaming.com/authorise.php?k=1621888739116884o the late Frank Garrett Sr. and Nellie Bell Garrett. Her elementary and high school education was received in Lakeland, Florida. After the death of her mother, she moved back to Panama City from New York where she met and married her sweetheart Harry Keel on October 8, 1959. After marriage, they did several tours to include Europe, Azores, Bermuda, and several stateside tours such as Long Island, NY, Homestead AFB, FL, and Eglin AFB, Florida. Nellie was a devoted Air Force wife to Retired MSgt. Harry Keel for 60 years whose career ultimately blessed the family with orders to relocate and retire at Eglin AFB in Florida. She stood firm as a military wife with five children and enjoy traveling around the world with her husband and family. While in Fort Walton Beach, Nellie and Harry lived an active life. They loved and enjoyed fishing, playing cards with their dear friends, cruising, and traveling. Harry, Nellie, and Harry W. (youngest son) were considered ‘The Kindred Three’ and had a very special bond. The togetherness that existed between the three was memorable and will never be forgotten. Nellie accepted Christ at the early age of 13 and still remembers Rev. Martin up until her passing. After her acceptance, she ran to her brother Frank and said, ‘I’m saved, I’m saved. I’m going to Heaven.’ Nellie was a member of Gregg Chapel AME Church where she served as a missionary, a member of the communion board, as an assistant to the Sunday school teacher, and the hospitality committee where she prepared her favorite foods and delicious desserts. On Sunday, May 23, 2021, God in his infinite wisdom summoned an angel to bring our loved one home to a beautiful and lasting peace. She leaves to cherish her memory of her sons Victor LaShay, Renwick Lamar, daughters Tonda Laya Frierson (Willie), and Donna Renee Casey (Kenneth). Brother-in-law Robert (Louiser) Keel. Grandchildren Yolanda, Nicole, Anthony, Ashley, Jonathan, Thomas, Cameron, and Kara. Great-grandchildren Nadia, Amiyah, Jadia, Grant, Nyiema, Somer, Ace, Gabriel, and Reese. Nephews and great-nephews Vincent Garrett and Jason Garrett and a host of cousins, other relatives, and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Harry Keel, son Harry W, brothers Frank Jr, Abraham, Robert, and sister Alberta. Nellie will always be remembered for her razor short memory, outspokenness, and Doing it Her Way! Lastly, one of her favorite sayings to many people was, ‘I’m going to love you and leave you. Mom, you’ll never be forgotten and will be in our hearts and spirit forever. A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. A funeral service will take place on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Heritage Gardens in Niceville, FL. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com
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