Martha Keith

Martha B. Keith

1923 - 2018

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Obituary of Martha B. Keith

Martha Bolles Keith, a life long Naples resident, was born May 15, 1923 and was the daughter of John C. Bolles and Marion King Bolles.

Martha graduated from Naples Central School and attended the University of Rochester. Along with her husband she was deeply involved in the life of the Naples community. For many years they owned and ran Granby and Hemenway Gas Co. that serviced both the village and the town of Naples. Together they made many contributions to community life; they were among the founders of the first Naples Grape Festival as well as many other community initiatives. In 1989, she was recognized as a descendant of a James Bolles a pioneer settler who arrived in Naples in the 1840's.

Martha was a member of a number of local organizations including The Ladies Auxilliary of the Maxfield Hose Co; The Historical Society; and she was the longest serving board member of Rose Ridge Cemetery.

Martha was known for her love for animals. She always had a dog, had multiple bird feeders, and cared for stray cats. She also, was known as a person who befriended and mentored children in the neighborhood. She was an avid photographer and enjoyed playing and listening to the piano.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence (Bud) S. Keith; by her son William L. Keith; and by her sister Marian E. Lindner. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Elaine Caldarone; and two nephews John B. Lindner and Charles E. Lindner.

At her request, there will be no calling hours or memorial service. A private burial will be at Rose Ridge Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be given to the Happy Trails Animal Shelter, 2976 County Rd 48, Canandaigua, NY 14424.