Under Malcolm IV, the title Marischal of Scotland had been bestowed on Keith's ancestors, a title which became hereditary and was passed on from one Keith to the next. Robert Keith was the great-grandson of Philip de Keith (d. c. 1225), and the son of William de Keith (d. c. 1293), both his predecessors as Marischals. He took up a military career as a young man, but was also considered by other Scottish barons to be something of a leader, being appointed justiciary of the lands beyond the River Forth.Bannockburn
Keith served as a relatively senior general with Bruce's army throughout the war, and, prior to the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, was appointed co-leader of a reconnoitering force sent out to gather information about the army of King Edward II of England. During the battle itself, he commanded about 500 Scottish cavalry, although, like other Scottish knights, he may have fought dismounted.
Keith's force was drawn into combat with the English archers, who had in the past and would in later battles inflict heavy losses among the Scottish infantry. Keith and his men, however, flanked the archers and routed them.Later years
Keith was among the Scottish magnates who in 1320 signed a letter to the Pope vindicating Scottish independence. Afterward, he was given several diplomatic assignments, serving as a peace commissioner to England in 1323. He was also among the dignitaries who ratified the Treaty of Corbeil (1326) with the King of France.Ancestors and descendants
Sir Robert Keith was the great-grandson of Philip Keith, the first Earl Marischal.
Keith's grandson and successor as Marischal, also named Robert Keith, was killed during the Battle of Durham in 1346. Keith's indirect descendants, eventually known as the Earls Marischal, held that title for several centuries to come. During the English Civil War, one of his descendants fought as a Royalist officer, and was imprisoned under Oliver Cromwell's regime.
Marischals and Great Marischals of Scotland
Some sources use different numbering, so that the final earl was the 9th Earl Marischal and not the 10th.
The Scottish Warrior
Origins of the Name A Scottish warrior slew the Danish General Camus at the Battle of Barrie in 1010 for which King Máel Coluim II of Scotland dipped three fingers into the blood of the slain and drew them down the shield of the warrior. Thereafter the warrior was named Marbhachir Chamius or Camus Slayer. Ever since then the Chief of the Clan Keith has borne the same mark of three red lines on his arm. Máel Coluim's victory at the Battle of Carham in 1018 brought him into outright possession of the lands of the Lothians and the Merse. The Keiths derive their name from the Barony of Keith, Humbie, East Lothian, said to have been granted by the king to Marbhachir Chamius for his valour. Wars of Scottish Independence The office of Earl Marischal and later Knight Marischal of Scotland, was hereditary in the Keith family until the 18th.c. It may have been conferred at the same time as the barony, since it was confirmed, together with possession of the lands of Keith, to Sir Robert Keith by a charter of King Robert the Bruce, and appears to have been held as annexed to the land by the tenure of grand serjeanty. Sir Robert Keith commanded the Scottish horse at Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 and was killed at the Battle of Dupplin Moor. His grandson, also Robert Keith, was killed at the Battle of Neville's Cross in 1346. At the close of the 14th century Sir William Keith, by exchange of lands with Lord Lindsay, obtained the crag of Dunnottar in Kincardineshire, where he built Dunnottar Castle, which became the stronghold of the Clan Keith. He died in about 1407. The Castle is on a cliff-top, south of Stonehaven. 15th Century & Clan Conflicts The Clan Keith were often at feud with the neighbouring Clan Irvine. Both clans invaded each others' lands. In 1402 the Clan Irvine are said to have attacked and defeated an invading war party of the Clan Keith in what was known as the Battle of Drumoak. In 1430 a later Sir William Keith was created Lord Keith, and a few years afterwards Earl Marischal, and these titles remained in the family until 1716. Battle of Blare Tannie, 1464, Fought between the Clan Keith, assisted by the Clan MacKay against the Clan Gunn. The inhabitants of Caithness assembled an army and met the MacKays and Keiths at a place in Caithness called Blair-tannie. There ensued a cruel fight, with slaughter on either side. In the end the Keiths and MacKays had the victory by means chiefly of John Mor MacIan-Riabhaich (an Assynt man), who was very famous in these countries for his manhood shown at this conflict. Two chieftains and leaders of the inhabitants of Caithness were slain. Angus MacKay would later be defeated by Clan Ross. Battle of Champions, 1478, Fought between twelve men of the Clan Gunn and twenty four men of the Clan Keith where the chief of Clan Gunn was killed. The chief of the Clan Keith was also soon after killed by the Gunns in a revenge attack. 16th Century & Clan Conflicts In 1571 the Clan Keith joined forces with the Clan Forbes in their feud against the Clan Gordon. The Forbes were also joined by Clan Fraser and Clan Crichton. The Gordons were also joined by Clan Leslie, Clan Irvine and Clan Seton. The feud between the Gordons and Forbes which had gone on for centuries culminated in two full scale battles: The Battle of Tillieangus and the Battle of Craibstone. It was at the Battle of Tillieangus that the 6th Lord Forbes's youngest son known as Black Aurther Forbes was killed. Legend has it that 'he stooped down to quench his thirst and one of the Gordons gave him his death blow through an open joint in his armour'. William, fourth Earl Marischal (died 1581), was one of the guardians of Mary Queen of Scots during her minority, and was a member of her privy council on her return to Scotland. While refraining from extreme partisanship, he was an adherent of the Reformation; he retired into private life at Dunnottar Castle about 1567, thereby gaining the sobriquet 'William of the Tower.' He was reputed to be the wealthiest man in Scotland. His eldest daughter Anne married the regent Murray. His grandson George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal (c. 1553-1623), was one of the most cultured men of his time. He was educated at King's College, Aberdeen, where he became a proficient classical scholar, afterwards studying divinity under Theodore Beza at Geneva. The 5th Earl was responsible for the Tower house still extant on his ancestral lands at Keith Marischal. 17th Century & Civil War George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal was a firm Protestant, and took an active part in the affairs of the kirk. His high character and abilities procured him the appointment of special ambassador to Denmark to arrange the marriage of James VI with the Princess Anne. He was subsequently employed on a number of important commissions; but he preferred literature to public affairs, and about 1620 he retired to Dunnottar, where he died in 1623. He is chiefly remembered as the founder in 1593 of the Marischal College in the university of Aberdeen, which he richly endowed. From an uncle he inherited the title of Lord Altrie about 1590. William Keith, 7th Earl Marischal (c. 1617-1661), took a prominent part in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, being at first a leader of the covenanting party in northeast Scotland, and the most powerful opponent of the Clan Gordon and the Marquess of Huntly. He cooperated with James Graham the 1st Marquess of Montrose in Aberdeenshire and neighbouring counties against the Gordons. With Montrose he signed the Bond of Cumbernauld in August 1640, but took no active steps against the popular party till 1648, when he joined the Duke of Hamilton in his invasion of England, escaping from the rout at Preston. In 1650 Charles II was entertained by the Marischal at Dunnottar; and in 1651 the Scottish regalia were left for safe keeping in his castle. In 1651 the Royalists at the Battle of Worcester were commanded by Colonel Keith. Taken prisoner, he was committed to the Tower of London and was excluded from Oliver Cromwell's Act of Grace. He was made a privy councillor at the Restoration and died in 1661. Sir John Keith (died 1714), brother of the 7th Earl Marischal, was, at the Restoration, given the hereditary office of Knight Marischal of Scotland, and in 1677 was created Earl of Kintore, and Lord Keith of Inverurie and Keith-Hall, a reward for his share in preserving the regalia of Scotland, which were secretly conveyed from Dunnottar to another hiding-place, when the castle was besieged by Cromwell's troops, and which Sir John, perilously to himself, swore he had carried abroad and delivered to Charles II, thus preventing further search. From him are descended the earls of Kintore. 18th Century & Jacobite Uprisings George Keith, 10th Earl Marischal (c. 1693-1778), served under Marlborough, and like his brother James Francis Edward, Marshal Keith, was a zealous Jacobite, taking part in the rising of 1715 after which he escaped to the continent. Francis's brother George Keith the Earl Marischal took over as chief of Clan Keith and he led the clan when they fought at the Battle of Glenshiel in 1719. George escaped the gallows by fleeing with the Jacobites, and was exiled to Prussia, where he met up with his brother Francis Keith who wrote a narration of the battle. In the following year Francis was attainted, his estates and titles being forfeited to the Crown. He lived for many years in Spain, where he concerned himself with Jacobite intrigues, but he took no part in the rebellion of 1745, proceeding about that year to Prussia, where he became, like his brother George Keith, intimate with Frederick the Great. Frederick employed him in several diplomatic posts, and he is said to have conveyed valuable information to the Earl of Chatham, as a reward for which he received a pardon from George II, and returned to Scotland in 1759. His heir male, on whom, but for the attainder of 1716, his titles would have devolved, was apparently his cousin Alexander Keith of Ravelston, to whom the attainted earl had sold the castle and lands of Dunnottar in 1766. From Alexander Keith was descended, through the female line, Sir Patrick Keith Murray of Ochtertyre, who sold the estates of Dunnottar and Ravelston. After the attainder of 1716 the right of the Keiths of Ravelston to be recognized as the representatives of the earls marishal was disputed by Robert Keith (1681-1757), bishop of Fife, a member of another collateral branch of the family. The bishop was a writer of some repute, his chief work, The History of the Affairs of the Church and State of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1734), being of considerable value for the reigns of James V, James VI, and Mary Queen of Scots. He also published a Catalogue of the Bishops of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1755) and other less important historical and theological works. Robert Keith (died 1774), descended from a younger son of the family, was British minister in Vienna in 1748, and subsequently held other important diplomatic appointments, being known to his numerous friends, among whom were the leading men of letters of his time, as 'Ambassador Keith'. His son, Sir Robert Murray Keith (1730-1795), was on Lord George Sackville's staff at the Battle of Minden. He became colonel of a regiment (the 87th foot) known as Keith's Highlanders, who won distinction in the continental wars, but were disbanded in 1763; he was then employed in the diplomatic service, in which he achieved considerable success by his honesty, courage, and knowledge of languages. In 1781 he became lieutenant-general; in 1789, he was made a privy councillor. 19th Century From the Keith family through the female line was descended George Keith Elphinstone, Baron Keith of Stonehaven, Marishal and afterwards Viscount Keith, whose titles became extinct at the death of his daughter Margaret, Baroness Keith, in 1867. Clan Chief The current Chief of Clan Keith is James William Falconer Keith, 14th Earl of Kintore Clan Castles Keith Hall estate in Aberdeenshire is the current seat of the chief of Clan Keith. Dunnottar Castle became the seat of the chief of Clan Keith in 1639 but is now ruined. Fetteresso Castle passed from the Clan Strachan to the Clan Keith chief, Earl Marischal during the early 14th century. Clan Profile Mottos: Dexter, Quae amissa salva (What has been lost is safe), Sinister, Veritas vincit (Truth conquers), On compartment, Thay say: quhat they say: thay haif sayed: let thame say Slogan: A Keith, Veritas Vincit (also Truth Prevails) Plant Badge:White Rose Thomas Dickson of Hazelside and Symington (1247-1307) and his Dickson descendants from the Keiths In about 1306, Thomas Dickson, the Laird of Symington and Hazelside, had the barony of Symundstun, now Symington, conveyed to him as Thomas filius Ricardi, the barony of Symundstun, now Symington, in the county of Lanark, and also, he was created Hereditary Castellan or Governor of Douglas Castle by King Robert the Bruce. As such he resided in his own house except in case of war, when he left his house in charge of his dependents and himself took command of Douglas Castle. Hazelside was 10 miles from Douglas Castle in Douglasdale, Lanarkshire. This Thomas, the first Dickson on record, moreover, was evidently a person of very good standing, such as a grandson of the Earl Marischal might be expected to be, a man of wealth as well as influence, and was also a clansman of the Douglas. Two of the oldest Scottish Historians recount his deeds, Archdeacon Barbour who wrote in 1375, and Blind Harry, or Henry the Minstrel, whose metrical history was written about 1381. There are some who speak slightingly of the bard, but Major, who was born in 1405, says he was living about that time and that he recited his compositions in the presence of princes or men of the highest rank (coram principibus), and Chalmers in his Caledonia, says 'Blind Harrie, whom the Scottish Historians generally follow but dare not quote. Blind Harrie is, however, supported bt the Tower Records'. In 1295 when Douglas wished to recover his castle of Sanquhar, he applied to Thomas Dickson who was 'born to himself', i.e. relation or clansman by birth, and addresses him as 'Dear Friend', and relied so much upon him that he afterward selected him to pass through the enemy's camp of some three thousand men to bear a message to Wallace; while Barbour says he was rich in moveables and cattle, and had many friends, besides which his house could not have been a small one as it contained a private chamber where he not only concealed Douglas but also brought persons to see him without attracting notice, and the space for such a secret apartment could not have been taken out of a small house without being perceived. This Thomas Dickson also served William the Hardy's son, James Douglas, 'The Good Sir James' with the recapture of Douglas Castle in 1307. The Good Sir James (or 'Black Douglas') And His Connection With Thomas Dickson William the Hardy's son, James Douglas, 'The Good Sir James', was the first to take the epithet 'Black'. Douglas was set to share in Bruce's early misfortunes, being present at the defeats at Methven and Dalrigh. But for both men these setbacks were to provide a valuable lesson in tactics: limitations in both resources and equipment meant that the Scots would always be a disadvantage in conventional Medieval warfare. By the time the war was renewed in the spring of 1307 they had learnt the value of guerrilla warfare - known at the time as 'secret war' - using fast moving, lightly equipped and agile forces to maximum effect against an enemy often locked in to static defensive positions. His actions for most of 1307 and early 1308 were local rather than national in nature, confined for the most part to his native Douglasdale. Nevertheless, he was soon to create a formidable reputation for himself as a soldier and a tactician. While Bruce was campaigning in the north against his domestic enemies, Douglas used the cover of Selkirk Forest to mount highly effective mobile attacks against the enemy. He also showed himself to be utterly ruthless, particularly in his relentless attacks on the English garrison in his own Douglas Castle, the most famous of which quickly passed into popular history. Barbour dates this incident to Palm Sunday 1307, which fell on 19th March. Thomas Dickson (1247-1307) the Laird of Symington and Hazelside, Lanarkshire, Baron of Symington, and Governor of Douglas Castle, the son of Richard or Dick de Keith, who was a son of Hervey de Keith, Great Marischal of Scotland, who died in 1249, and Margaret his wife, the daughter of the 3rd Lord Douglas. Their grandson Thomas was born in 1247, he was second cousin of William 7th Lord Douglas, father of the good Sir James Douglas, eighth Lord, to whom Dickson was certainly a trusty friend. In the recovery of Douglas Castle, Thomas Dickson and his small troop were hidden until the morning of Palm Sunday, when the garrison left the battlements to attend the local church. Gathering local support he entered the church and the war-cry 'Douglas!' 'Douglas!' went up for the first time. Some of the English soldiers were killed and others taken prisoner. Thomas Dickson was killed fighting several English in St Bride's Kirk, on 19th March 1307, and was buried in an elaborate tomb close to St Brides in the churchyard. His descendants bare the Keith Arms of 'Pallets Gules' with the Douglas 'Mullets Argent' to shew their descent from the Keith and Douglas families, with the motto 'Fortes Fortuna Juvat'. His eldest son and heir was Thomas Dickson there were other sons also. From Thomas Dickson of Hazelside and Symington (1247-1307) descends the Dickson Clan/Family, many have been illustrious especially in the armed services and descendants are to be found in America, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sweden. The Dickson Coat of Arms Family Motto: 'Fortes Fortuna Juvat' (Fortune Favours the Brave) Early Family Arms: ' Three Pallets Gules with Three Mullets Argent ' Crest: 'A sword in bend proper' Clan Septs and Tartans The same sett is used in dark (Modern) and light (Ancient) colours. Austen Austin Cate(s) Dickson Dix(s)on Dick Falconer Faulkner Harvey Hackston Haxton Hervey Hurrie Hurry Keath Keech Keeth Keyth, Kite Lumgair MacKeith Marshall Ouston Urie Urry
James Francis Edward Keith (11 June 1696 – 14 October 1758) was a Scottish soldier and Prussian field marshal. As a Jacobite he took part in a failed attempt to restore the Stuart Monarchy to Britain, before joining the Spanish and Russian armies. He ultimately came to serve in the Prussian army under Frederick the Great where he distinguished himself. He died during the Seven Years War at the Battle of Hochkirk.
He was born at Inverugie Castle near Peterhead, the second son of William, 9th Earl Marischal of Scotland. Through his careful education under the historian Robert Keith, and subsequently at the University of Aberdeen in preparation for the legal profession, he acquired that taste for literature which secured him the esteem of the most distinguished savants of Europe, but at an early period his preference for a soldier's career was clear. The Jacobite rising of 1715, in which he displayed qualities that gave some augury of his future eminence, compelled him to seek safety on the Continent (Nihtinen 1998).
After spending two years in Paris, chiefly at the university, he took part in abortive risings in 1719 in support of James Stuart, son of the deposed King James VII and pretender to the Scottish throne.
Spanish and Russian service
James (Rev.)1 Keith was born in 1696 at Peterhead, Aberdeen, Scotland. He married Mary Isham Randolph, daughter of Thomas (Tuckahoe) Randolph and Judith Fleming, on 2 Mar 1732/33 Near Germantown. He died in 10 Dec 1752 at Bristersburg, VA. He was buried in 1752 at Fauquier, VA; he and wife buried under chancel of old Elk Run Church, Prince Wm. County now Fauquier.
Hereditary Earls Marischal of Scotland. He was 1745-1753 Episcopal Parson, Hamilton Parish, Fauquier. He emigrated on 4 Mar 1727/28 from Rec'd King's Bounty to go to Virginia. On 12 Oct 1733 removed to Maryland briefly. On 25 Jun 1753 Appraisers appointed by Prince William County, John Wright, George Hovile, John Ambrose and John Crump. Estate Appraisal on 26 Mar 1754 Inventory and appraisement of estate recorded PWC. Estate Account on 31 May 1754 Additional estate inventory recorded in PWC.
Children of James (Rev.)1 Keith and Mary Isham Randolph were as follows:
Virgil married Lula Mae Thornton, the daughter of Larkin Thornton and Elizabeth Allen who was born in 1891and raised in the DeRoche community near Bismarck.. Their early married years were spent in Amity where Mr. Keith was in the sawmill industry. Their first child, Marvin Edgar, was born in 1912 and their second child, Margie Irene, was born in 1914. They decided to move to West Texas and traveled by wagon. Margie was just a baby. Lula did not like Texas so they moved back to Arkansas and settled near Caney. Their third child , Hazel Elizabeth, was born there in 1917 in Caney. They moved to the DeRoche community across from Lula’s father, Larkin McKinney Thornton. The Thorntons were some of the first settlers in the DeRoche community. Lula was a direct descendant of Needham Anderson Thornton who fought in the Revolutionary army. She was also a descendent of Olen McKinney Thornton who fought in the Civil War and who donated two acres for the Hickory Grove Church and first part of the cemetery and the school. In 1922 their fourth child, Graham Randolph Keith, was born. In 1923 their fifth child, Larkin Henry Ford Keith, was born. In 1932 Lula gave birth to her sixth child, Mary Anna Keith.
It was at this time that The Keiths moved to Hot Springs. For a time they lived near Hempwallace. Then they moved into a home called the Mooney Place. A Mrs. Rothman lived across the street. There was nothing but pasture land for miles. This would be where Frieda Street is now. They moved closer to the streetcar line to Summer Street. Elmer Tackett, the attorney lived across the street. Mrs. Tackett later opened up a Kindergarten there. For a time both Marvin and his dad, Virgil, had peddling trucks or stores on wheels. Marvin continued in the grocery business most of his life. They made runs to Buckville, Point Cedar and other outlying communities. Virgil also worked for Brown and Matlock and Thornton Lumber Co. It was at this time that they bought their first home on Thornton Street up from McClard’s.
Randolph, Ford, and Mary Anna all graduated from Hot Springs High School. Randolph and Ford wrote and sang gospel songs in their early years. Randolph was pianist at Second Baptist in his early years .He was also director of the First Baptist Choir in the 40’s. Their mother, Lula Mae, had instilled in them her love for gospel music. Lula also a dedicated Christian. She was a 45 year member of Oaklawn Missionary Baptist Church and taught the Ladies Sunday School Class for many years. At that time singing schools were popular and they taught singing schools. Ford was founder of the Stamps Ozark Quartet which originated from Wichita Falls, Texas. Sadly Ford died at the age of 28. All three sons served in the military in World War II.
In 1953 Virgil had a diabetic stroke and was bedfast for many years. Lula tried to keep him at home and take care of him as long as she could. She was finally forced to put him in a Nursing Home when she could no longer take care of him.
Virgil died in 1964 and Lula Mae died in 1980. They are buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery surrounded by children and family.
June Elizabeth Keith, 89, of Hot Springs died December 25, 2010. She was born June 7, 1921 to Charles and Maggie Burgess. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Graham Randolph Keith.
Survivors include two daughters; Brenda and husband George Eckardt and Gloria and husband Matthew Rogozinski. Four grandchildren; Jason Eckardt, Courtney and husband Bill Mangarelli, Stephanie and husband Daniel Godwin and Benjamin and wife Stacia Rogozinski five great grand children Elizabeth and David Mangarelli, and Olivia, Benjamin,Jr. and Maddox Rogozinski and another great grandchild due in March, Madison Godwin.
Visitation will be held at Gross Funeral Home Sunday January 2, 2010 from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be 9 a.m. Monday January 3, 2010 at Gross Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Fenley officiating. Interment will be follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
More On Blanche Irene Keith In Loving Memory
Blanche Irene Keith Broadbent, 79, of Pearcy, Arkansas, was born June 10, 1931, to Marvin Edgar Keith and Ruby Jane Thomason Keith at DeRoche, near Bismarck, Arkansas; she passed away February 24, 2011.
She was predeceased by her parents and one brother, Millard Edgar Keith. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years Arthur Broadbent, Jr. and three loving and devoted sons; Arthur (Chip) Broadbent III, of Norfolk, VA, Charles Edward Broadbent and wife, Paula, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Richard Erik Broadbent and wife, Jennifer, of Wichita, Kansas. Three adorable grandchildren, Andrew, son of Charles and Paula, and Alexis and Aiden, children of Richard and Jennifer; one very special sister and brother-in-law, Alice Keith Collier and Martin Collier; one special niece, Alison Collier Fendley, and nieces Susan Broadbent Wilkerson and Carol Broadbent Koster; and special nephews, James Collier, Mark Keith, David Keith, Paul Keith, Stuart Keith and John Broadbent. She has three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Broadbent Carney of Fiskdale, Massachusetts, Diane Harris Broadbent of San Bernardino, California, and Carletta Solomon Keith of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by one aunt, Mary Anna Keith Kinnaird, of Hot Springs, and by several cousins. A nephew, Alan Keith, of Houston, Texas and an aunt, June Burgess Keith of Hot Springs, Arkansas, are deceased.
Mrs. Broadbent graduated with honors from Hot Springs High School in 1949 and from Henderson State Teachers College in 1953. While at HSTC, she was named by the faculty as one of the 10 top students of the freshman class of 1949-50. She began her teaching career at Glenwood High School in Glenwood, Arkansas. In 1953 she married 2nd Lt. Arthur Broadbent, Jr.; they were assigned to Biggs AFB in El Paso, Texas. While there Mrs. Broadbent taught at Bowie High School. The couple returned to Hot Springs in 1956 where Mrs. Broadbent taught at Hot Springs High School. In 1957 she began teaching at Lakeside High School and Lakeside Elementary. After Lt. Broadbent was called back into service in 1962, Mrs. Broadbent taught at Keeseville High School in Keeseville, New York and Peru Central School in Peru, New York. After her husband’s retirement from the Air Force, the family returned to Hot Springs in 1976. Mrs. Broadbent again taught at Lakeside Elementary and retired from Lake Hamilton Elementary in 1996 with a total of 28 years of teaching.
Mrs. Broadbent was a charter member of the South Hot Springs Business and Professional Womens’ Club in 1956-57. She is a member of the Garland County Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of Second Baptist Church for many years and is now a member of Crossgate Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations to Hospice Home Care Foundation or Komen for the Cure be made.
More On Carletta Marvine Keith,
In Loving Memory
Marvine Solomon Keith, Houston resident and Oklahoma native, went to
her heavenly home on August 19, 2012. She was born December 24, 1932,
near Vanoss, OK, to Carl and Delia Harris Solomon. Carletta began
playing the piano at an early age and became a very accomplished
musician on the piano and accordion. She attended the Stamps School of
Music in Dallas, where she met and married Millard E. Keith. She put her
musical talent to good use, accompanying many groups over the years at
southern gospel singing conventions.
For about 50 years, Carletta was a legal secretary for various law firms in Kansas and Texas. She enjoyed gardening, especially wildflowers of many varieties. She had a strong interest in genealogical research and worked tirelessly in discovering her family histories.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Millard; son, Alan Keith; seven brothers, Archie, Eldred, Spurgeon, Melvin, Luther, Leonard and Raybert; two sisters, Addie Solomon Madden and Marjorie Solomon Blansett; sister-in-law, Blanche Keith Broadbent; brother-in-law, Arthur Broadbent; and several nieces and nephews. She is survived by four sons, Mark, David, Paul and Stuart; two daughters-in-law, Lois Keith and Anis Keith; and seven grandchildren, Angela, Johnna, Shalea, Leah, Ryan, Valeria and Graham. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Solomon and Alice Keith Collier.
A Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 22, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Miller Funeral Chapel, 7723 Beechnut, Houston, TX 77074. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., also in the Miller Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at Lightning Ridge Cemetery, near Ada, OK.