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Gwendolyn Mae Kees

August 17, 1926 — November 23, 2021

Gwendolyn Mae Kees, age 95 of Oak Hill, WV, passed away on Tuesday, November 23rd with her family at her side. Heaven gained another angel when our precious mother and grandmother left us.

Gwen was born August 17th, 1926 in Burnwell, West Virginia to parents Fred Hall and Effie (Kitchen) Hall.

Gwen grew up in Burnwell, West Virginia, the 8th of 9 children. She worked helping her mother run a boarding house for coal miners and at the Burnwell Imperial Colliery Company Store. Her life work was caring for her family; she was a devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. She was an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill, where she met many lifelong best friends.

In 1946 Gwen married Thermond Kees, a rambunctious young man fresh out of World War II.

Gwen was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Effie Hall; her husband of 47 years, Thurmond; an infant son and daughter, Gary and Gilda; brothers Earnest, Reid, Chester, Carl and Ed; sisters Thelma, Frieda and Eloise; brother-in-law’s Walter and Clifford and sister-in-law’s Stella and Opal.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Terry Kees and his wife Brenda of Ogden, UT; Robin Begley of Huntington WV; grandsons Jason Kees and his wife Amin of Issaquah, WA, Shawn Kees of Sunnyvale, CA and Max Kees of Ogden, UT; granddaughters Rachel Turley and her husband Takeshi and Hannah Begley all of Huntington, WV; and great grandchildren Amy, Collin and Kaia Kees. We will all miss the conversations ending with "I love you."

Special thanks to Hospice of Huntington, the Calvary Baptist Church, and Deanna Lucas and Lori Ward for their devoted friendship, and so many more.

Services will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill, WV on Monday, November 29th. Visitation and Celebration of Life will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Service will begin directly after at 1:00 pm.

Pall Bearers: Hanna Begley, Richard Begley, Gerald Lucas, Jon Braenovich, Eddy Campbell, and Keith Campbell.
Honorary Pall Bearers: Jason Kees, Shawn Kees, and Max Kees

Graveside service will follow at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to Hospice of Huntington or the Calvary Baptist Church.

While masks are not required you might consider wearing one before entering the building as we all attempt to stop the spread of COVID 19.

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Arrangements are made by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.
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Monday, November 29, 2021

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