Crystal Coates Keith

November 15, 1965March 9, 2023
Obituary of Crystal Coates Keith
Crystal Coates Keith was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She left this world suddenly on March 9, 2023, at the age of 57. Crystal was born on November 11, 1965, in Newport News, Virginia. Her battle with serious medical issues over the years showed her unending courage in facing life’s challenges with a smile. Despite chronic pain, Crystal came out a hero and stayed strong until the end. Crystal grew up surrounded by her large family and learned to be a devoted and loving woman, always giving her time to others. She incorporated that devotion into motherhood and treasured being a wonderful wife of 37 years to the love of her life, Hugh. There was no deeper love than what she held for her family. Crystal was also a compassionate animal advocate who loved all her fur babies and took tremendous delight in caring for them. She enjoyed fishing with her husband, thrifting, doing puzzles, reading, and watching true crime television. She was the proud owner of Crystal’s Cafe in Gloucester Courthouse from 2003-2009. One of her greatest joys was being called Nanny by her beloved grandsons who she sweetly spoiled with her love. We will all remember her as a kind and generous soul who will be greatly missed but remembered always by the many lives she touched. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Coates and Bettie Coates and brother, Roger Coates. Survivors include her husband, Hugh Keith; children, Jessica Keith and Jaclyn Keith Watts; grandsons, Logan Smith and Landen Strums; siblings, Carolyn Hicks, Wanda Fletcher, Virginia Savage and William Coates, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.

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