Phyllis Holden Keels



Phyllis Holden Keels, age 58, of Salisbury passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 13, 2017 at her residence.

Phyllis was born on September 6, 1958 in Raleigh, NC, the daughter of Patricia “Patsy” Holden and the late Jesse Holden. She was a graduate of West Florence High School (SC), attended Francis Marion College, and earned a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Kennedy-Western University and a M.S. in Management of Technology from Warren National University. She was employed by Rowan Regional Medical Center (Novant Health Rowan Medical Center) in Salisbury for over 20 years. At the time of her death, she was employed as an Information Technology Project Manager at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC. She was a devoted member of First Baptist Church of Salisbury where she was a beloved Sunday school teacher for both adults and high school aged young women, Deacon Chairman, women’s Bible study leader and volunteer. She was a sought out speaker for women’s retreats, a three-time Indie Book Awards winner for Christian fiction, an illustrator, Bible study teacher, and a woman after God’s own heart. Through her books, classes and blog, she brought the tender words of her Heavenly Father to those who were crushed in spirit. It was through her honesty about her own experiences with loss, her compassion for those were suffering, and her unceasing joy in sharing how the Lord comforted her that she inspired others to long for a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jesse Holden and her daughter, Julie Keels. In addition to the many friends whose lives Phyllis touched, those left to cherish her memory are her former husband, Steven Keels; her son, Alan Keels and his family, Raquel Hartsell and Phyllis’ precious grandson, Ryan Keels; her mother, Patsy Holden; her sister, Suzanne Gregor; her brother, Tyler Holden and his wife, Elaine Holden along with her niece and nephew, Shelby and David Holden.

Visitation will be from 12:30-2:30 pm on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the chapel of First Baptist Church of Salisbury with a Memorial Service immediately following in the church’s sanctuary. There will be a private burial at Rowan Memorial Park, Salisbury following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Singled-Out Ministry, First Baptist Church of Salisbury, 223 N. Fulton St., Salisbury, NC 28144 or the ministry of your choice.