Wipada "Kai" Keyes

  • Born: September 9, 1955
  • Died: December 16, 2020
  • Location: Elkton, Maryland

R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A.

259 East Main Street
Elkton, MD 21921

Tel. (410) 398-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Wipada "Kai" Keyes, age 65, of Elkton, MD, unexpectedly passed away in her sleep on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. She was born in Thailand on September 9, 1955 to Turien and Somwang (Tosuwan) Sritubtim.
Kai began life with her soul mate; husband James of 46 years, when they married in Thailand when she was 19. They came to the US to begin their new life together. Kai became a naturalized US citizen; something that was very sacred to her. She was honored to be an American and truly understood what it meant. Kai was a hard worker and always did her best. She did shift-work for 30 years until she retired in 2010. Despite working long hours with little to no sleep, she always managed to go to all of her son's and daughter's school functions and sports activities when they were young. As her children grew older, her family expanded. She had 13 grandchildren and was the BEST Grandma. She loved spending time with each of them, watching them play sports, and loved talking football with them. She loved her family dearly.
One of the many ways Kai shared her love was through her cooking. In the kitchen is where you would find her. She loved to cook and she made sure everyone's bellies were full. While Kai could cook up anything, she had several signature dishes everyone loved- shrimp/beef ball soup, papaya salad, beef fried rice, meatballs over rice, collard greens, Thai steak salad, and hot chicken. Over the years she was often referred to as the "Hot Chicken Lady".
Kai had tremendous faith in God and prayed regularly. She touched the hearts of so many with her kindness and generosity. She was the ultimate caregiver to her family, friends and neighbors, her co-workers, and to those in her community whether she knew them for a long time or just briefly. Kai will be deeply missed by all those who knew her.
She is survived by her husband, James Keyes; children, Greg (Danielle) Keyes and Jamie (Curtis) Rocke; grandchildren, Ryan, Christian, Dylan, Tylan, Genesis, Trinitee (deceased), Destinee, Legend, Leila, Zayda, Sabriya, Tobey, and Ellia; and so many loved ones both here and in Thailand.
A celebration of Kai's life will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021 at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, 259 East Main Street, Elkton, MD, 21921 where friends and family may begin visiting at 12:00 pm. Interment will follow at North East Cemetery. To send online condolences please visit, www.rtfoard.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My heart is so sad. I wish I knew you longer !!!!!

Posted by Carmen Rose Nester - New Castle, DE - Friend   January 07, 2021

I am so sorry to hear the news of Kai. I had the pleasure of working with her for 20 years and became a good friend she always had the best recipes she loved her kids and her Jimmy

Posted by Scott Shockley - Punta Gorda, FL - Friend   December 31, 2020

I worked with Kai and yes, all you say of her is true. Outstanding lady.

Posted by Dave Bower - Wilm, DE - Coworker   December 31, 2020

May the family be comforted by our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. As a co-worker at FMC, I will always remember her smile and kindness.

Posted by Signe Kleinot - Ocean View, DE - Coworker   December 31, 2020

Our prayers are with the entire Keyes family. We will all miss Kai at the Golden Corral. Everyone loved seeing her bright smile as she would walk in. It was obvious how much she loved her family, she always shared stories about her grandchildren and bring them in to dine with her. We will dearly miss your wife, mother, and grandmother and our friend.

Posted by Terri parton - Newport, DE - Friend   December 31, 2020

Sending our deepest condolences from the Matthews family. We know how special your mom is in your life know we are praying for you all.

Posted by Milynn Matthews - Elkton - Family Friend   December 29, 2020

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