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Carol Traa Keates

Obituary for Carol Traa Keates

November 7, 2021
Egg Harbor Twp, New Jersey

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Carol Traa Keates, 74, passed away peacefully at her home in Egg Harbor Township on Sunday, November 7, 2021. Carol was predeceased by her parents, Louis Arthur Traa and Ruth Christine Traa (nee; Kirschner) and her beloved husband, Dr. George Keates. Carol is survived by her brother, Richard Traa, and wife Millie, her nephews, Andrew Traa, Matthew Traa, Niece, Grace Traa, and great nieces and nephew, Nicolette Traa, Mattie Traa and Jack Traa and many other family members and friends. Carol lived a very a very full life. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA and then grew up in Bexley, OH. She went to Monticello Women's College I Alton, IL. Carol excelled at athletics in high school from field hockey to swimming and later in life enjoyed the beach, bodybuilding, and skiing. She was also well known for her love of horses, in particular her own horse Tony. In 1970, Carol moved to Linwood, NJ where she eventually met her husband, George. Carol became a teacher and taught Phys. Ed in Linwood Public Schools, and St. Augustine's in Ocean City. She and her husband George were well travelled, and enjoyed skiing all over the world. Although Carol had no children of her own, she was a mother figure to many, especially to her beloved dogs, Riley and McGee. Carol eventually found her way to a strong Christian faith which led her to a home within Zion Methodist Church in Egg Harbor Township. At Zion, Carol started The Cross Ministry which has distributed wooden crosses to Christians all over the world. This was something she was very proud of and took great pride in when she was able. Carol will be greatly missed by all.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Carol's Life Celebration Funeral Service on Thursday November 11, 2021 at 11:00am at Zion Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall at 652 Zion Road, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234. A viewing will be held in the Fellowship Hall from 9:30am until time of service. Burial will take place at Laurel Memorial Park Cemetery, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Carol's memory to Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center, 214 Asbury Road, Weymouth, Egg Harbor, Township, NJ 08234. . To leave condolences, pay respects, or share a special memory of Carol please visit Arrangements entrusted to Jeffries and Keates Funeral Home 609-646-3400.

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