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Keister, Ann Baddeley. Age 72, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020
surrounded by family and friends at Blodgett Hospital due to complications of infection.
Ann Baddeley Keister was born on June 12, 1947 to Donald and Millicent Baddeley in
Pittsburg, PA.

Raised in Saint Louis, Mo and recently of Grand Rapids, Mi Ann was an artist, art
educator and professor, devoted wife, voracious reader, fabulous cook, passionate
gardener, and a friend who gathered people together to share a good meal. Ann was
also an avid traveler.

Ann graduated with an M.F.A from the University of Kansas with a focus on textiles.
She taught at Idaho State University, Indiana University-Bloomington, and most recently
Grand Valley State University retiring in 2016. As a director of a university study abroad
program, she shared her love of life and art with her students, in London at Kingston

Keister’s artwork has been displayed nationally at numerous museums, corporate, and
university collections. Ann was a textile artist and had an incredible eye for design,
color, and detail. She wrote, “I use travel, museum study and my design library as
resources for my work. When I travel, I photograph anything that interests me: art,
architectural details, shop windows, food. I have had many opportunities in the past
several years to visit and photograph museums in many parts of Europe. I also pay
attention to the beauty and danger around me. I am interested in my own home,
neighborhood and garden, climate change and war.”

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, mother- and father-in-law. She is survived
by her adoring husband David R. Keister of 37 years. Additionally, her brother Tom
Baddeley his wife Gayle, and their children Scott, Elizabeth, her husband Zack with their
son Jasper carry on. She is also survived by sister-in-law Bonnie Lacy and her children
Eric & Marie with daughter Emma, and nephew Kevin.

Mourned by many friends around the U.S., Ann was a lover of beauty and friendship. In
her memory, plant flowers, buy a book, read to a friend, go to the symphony, listen to
music, and especially, saute garlic, onions, scallops, and wine then share a meal with a
friend. In Lieu of flowers, we suggest a donation to the Nedra J. Smith Otis Art and
Design Scholarship

She has been cremated according to her wishes and there will be a memorial
celebration of Ann’s life at a later date.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ann’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Mary Stewart on April 5, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    My condolences to David and the entire family. I met David and Ann when I was in the MFA program at Indiana University and visited them several times at their lovely home in Grand Rapids. Both were terrific cooks and welcoming hosts. Ann was a wonderful artist and dedicated teacher. I am sure her legacy lives on through her students as well as her artwork.

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