Laurel Ann Keeley
A Beautiful and Active Lady
Laurel Ann Keeley of Waynesville, NC passed away on October 24, 2018.
She grew up in Miami Shores, FL, the youngest in a family of three brothers, a sister and her loving parents. Being the youngest didn’t matter to her because she could always find a way to be the center of attention. Funny, athletic, pretty and smart, she was always active and involved. She loved riding horses when she was young, playing golf, playing the piano, playing guitar and sailing. One of her brothers nick-named her “The All American Kid” which stuck! It was shortened to “The Kid” and finally “Kid” or “Kidder” by family and friends.
As an adult she would never miss her yearly skiing trips to Colorado with special friends, and traveling. She traveled most of the contiguous states, parts of Canada and several European countries. She said her trip to Ireland was probably her favorite because of the beauty of the coastline and the friendly graciousness of the residents.
She had a special relationship with animals. Laurel owned her own horse for a time, but dogs were her favorite. Her kind heart and gentle touch made her a favorite with them also.
Laurel graduated high school from Everglades School for Girls in Coral Gables in 1972, and then graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor Degree in Business. She worked in South Florida in the Insurance industry for national rental car companies (Hertz, Alamo) handling litigious claims.
To her closest friends and those she loved, she was always loyal, caring and loving. A few years after the significant man in her life for 20+ years passed, she moved to North Carolina for a new start in her quieter and more tranquil mountain home.
Laurel is survived by her immediate family; brothers (and sisters-in-law), Jay, Don and Karen, Shawn and Karon, and sister, Robin, as well as nephews, a niece, grandnephews and grandnieces. She is loved and will be greatly missed by those whose life she touched.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Keeley family.