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Janis Ann Keim

December 8, 1955 — September 25, 2023

Penrose, North Carolina

Janis Ann Keim

Janis Ann Keim, 67, of Penrose NC, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2023.

 

Surviving are her beloved wife, Cindy Ann Thomas, Penrose NC; brother, Will Keim, Santa Rosa CA; brother & sister-in law, Wally & Lori Keim, The Woodlands TX; nieces Kaley McMillan, Tori Ward, Nikki Keim, Jenny Richards and their families, all of TX; brother-in-law Willis G. “Ranse” Ransone, Jr., Asheville NC; their two much loved Samoyeds, Luna & Daisy; and many cherished friends, neighbors & chosen family.

 

Janis was preceded in death by her parents, John H. & Mamie Smith Keim of North Manchester, IN.

 

Janis was born in Plymouth, IN in 1955 & grew up in North Manchester, IN. She graduated from Indiana University and completed graduate school at Indiana State University, where she & Cindy met in 1980. Janis & Cindy moved to Boone, NC in 1984, where Janis earned her EDS at Appalachian State University taught high school math & managed the computer labs at ASU. The couple moved to the Kansas City, MO metro area in 1995. Janis worked in technology support at the Kansas University Medical Center and State Street Bank & Trust Co. before she & Cindy moved back to the NC mountains in 2006. Janis then started her own computer consulting firm while pursuing her interests in photography & gardening, which she continued to enjoy upon retirement.

 

Janis & Cindy officially tied the knot on Janis’ birthday in 2015, celebrating with family & friends the following summer. Hosting get-togethers, spoiling their dogs, exploring the mountains, hiking waterfalls & traveling together were among Janis & Cindy’s favorite activities together. They recently celebrated their 42nd anniversary with a two-week trip to Alaska.

 

Many of Janis’ passions are chronicled in her photographs on her three websites: LifesCanvasPhotography.com, WesternNCWaterfalls.com and DiscoverOurNationalParks.com.

 

A celebration of Janis’ life will be held at a later date.

 

The family would like to thank Janis’ teams at Hope Women’s Cancer Center, Mission Hospital and The Elizabeth House at Four Seasons for the care & compassion extended to Janis & her family during her illness.

 

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Janis’ memory to The Four Seasons Foundation (www.fourseasonsfdn.org/ways-to-give/), Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (www.brpfoundation.org/donate) or Hope Chest for Women (www.hopechestforwomen.org/donate).

 

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