Vigen Memorial Home – Ethel Irene Ames, 91, Keokuk


Ethel Irene Ames, 91, of Keokuk, IA, died Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Sunnybrook Assisted Living in Fort Madison, IA.

She was born on June 12, 1926 in Arbela, Mo, the daughter of Francis and Thelma Arthur Burkett. On September 20, 1946, Ethel was united in marriage to Kay W. Ames. He preceded her in death on November 27, 2010.

In her younger years she had been employed at Golden Rule.

Ethel was a lifelong follower of Jesus Christ and had faithfully attended each church where her husband had pastored. She was a member of the Women’s Missionary Society and the Good News Club where she served as secretary.

She enjoyed crafts and also did some sewing. Ethel enjoyed being a wife and mother and was a wonderful example of a Proverbs 31 woman. She delighted in caring for her children, cooking delicious meals for her family and being her husband’s “right hand man”. Ethel truly had a servant’s heart and always put her family and others first. Her sweet, gentle spirit was an inspiration to everyone who knew her.

She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Rector and husband David of Keokuk and Janie Shipman and husband Doug of Montrose, five grandchildren, Jessica Johnson, Nathan Rector and wife Jayme, Teri Johnson, Leah Hotop and husband Kory and Andy Rector and wife Jessie, nineteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband she was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, LouElla Booth and Oletha St. Clair.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk with Pastor Nathan Rector and Pastor Andy Rector officiating. Burial will be in the Keokuk National Cemetery.

Visitation will be held after 1 p.m., Wednesday at Vigen Memorial Home with the family meeting with friends from 6 – 8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Sunny Brook Assisted Living or Great River Hospice.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family at

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