Died: Wed., Dec. 16, 2020


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Evangelist Bertha Mae Keyes, affectionately known as “Boot” by those who knew and loved her, was born on July 12, 1949, in Louins, Mississippi to  Carrie L. Atwood and Clarence Joe Atwood.

Bertha moved to Indianapolis, Indiana with her family in 1966.Bertha was raised in church and was baptized and confessed her hope in Christ Jesus at an early age.  She attended elementary and high school in the Hills Chapel School   System in Mississippi.

Bertha was joined in Holy Matrimony to Charles Edward Keyes in 1964. Charles preceded her into eternity.

For most of her life, Bertha worked as a homemaker.  She also mwas employed in janitorial services until her health declined.

Evangelist Bertha Mae Keyes accepted her call and became     ordained as an Evangelist in 1980.  She was serving God faithfully at Miracle Faith Temple under the leadership of Dr. Bernice Talbott of Anderson, Indiana.

Bertha kept you laughing, never met a stranger, and was known for cooking meals that fed the soul.  She loved to sing quartet music to the Glory of the Lord.  Bertha  was a gifted and talented songbird in the gospel quartet   community.  She sang with the following groups during her lifetime: Gospel Highlows; Nu Corinthians;  Gospel Starlights; Ben and the Sounds of Salvation, and many other inner-city groups.

Bertha was preceded into eternity by her husband, Charles Edward Keyes; mother, Carried L. Atwood; father, Clarence Joe Atwood; daughters, Pamela M. Keyes and Mary Sue Phelps; brothers, Willie Clarence Atwood and Rev. Fletcher G. Atwood and her sister, Alice Faye McClelean.

Evangelist Bertha Mae Keyes, a.k.a., “Boot” leaves to cherish her memory her son, James Michael Keyes; brother, Ernest Atwood; sister, Mary L. Atwood; spiritual sisters, Roberta Boyd, Daisy Holt and Lenora Hamilton; great-nephew, Jamari Day, who she called, “Bishop”; her dear niece, Jasmine Day, who she called, “Jasma”, and a generations of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Humbly Submitted……………………...The Family


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Mildred Townsend
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Please accept my sincere condolence on the death of your loved one. Evangelist Keyes was well known here in Indianapolis as a person who loved Gospel Singing and she supported Singers for many years. She will surely be missed by all who knew her.
Many prayers and much love is being to you today.
Lady Mildred Townsend

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