Therese Marie Carolyn Keyes passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015 at approximately 7:00 am at the University of Chicago Hospital with her brother Carl by her side. She was 64. She died of cancer on the lungs, a complication from her leukemia. She was a member of an orthodox Christian contemplative order.
Therese was also a member of our Zen Life & Meditation Center. She rode her bike and sat meditation with us as often as she could. She called if we didn't see her for awhile to let us know that she was thinking of us and always wishing she could be sitting with us more. She's call June by her Hawaiian title and name, "Kumu Kaililani".
She never talked much about her illness. She was very humble and a a great sense of humor. She didn't take herself too seriously. When we did get to chat, she'd always get a sparkle in her eye and we'd end up laughing. She left June a video that she said was the very best comedy called, "The Best of Red Green" and that we should watch it sometime for a good laugh.
Her brother Carl said this on her website where she kept people appraised of her health status. "I know how much it meant to her knowing so many wonderful family and friends would visit this site. Near the end she asked me to be sure to thank you all for the amazing amount of love and support over these very difficult times."
We are holding a memorial service for Therese this Friday, April 25, 2015 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Zen Life & Meditation Center located at 38 Lake Street in Oak Park, IL. As per her wishes, in lieu of flowers Therese would like donations to be made to your favorite charities.