Charlotte Kingman Keiter

Senior citizen activist, 92Charlotte Kempe Kingman Keiter, 92, of Longview, Wash., died Sunday, May 1, 2005, in Longview.

Born March 21, 1913, to Charles and Ada Pauline Hendel Kingman in Kankakee, Ill., she grew up in Ottawa, Ill. She graduated from Northwestern University with honors in psychology.

In 1936, she married the Rev. Louis B. Keiter in Portland. He preceded her in death. The couple lived in Portland for 30 years while he was the priest at All Saints Episcopal Church. They moved to Berkeley, Calif. In 1972, they moved to Longview. Shortly thereafter, Mrs. Keiter began a career advocating for senior citizens.

As a Community Action Program (CAP) employee, she wrote grants that created Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), one of the first such programs in the state. She helped to incorporate the Senior Travel Club and Senior Craft Store. She was the first editor of the senior newsletter. When she retired from CAP, she started teaching classes, so seniors could write their life stories. She also served on the citizen advisory board for ensuring public transportation in the Longview-Kelso area.

A lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, Mrs. Keiter belonged to St. Stephen's Church in Longview. She was a member of the Cowlitz County Historical Society, the League of Women Voters and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Family members said she loved music, was an organic gardener and a champion of the Farmer's Market.

She is survived by a sister, Dr. Mary Jane Gates of Little Rock, Ark.; a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Greg Lapic of Longview; four sons and daughters-in-law, Walt and Linda Keiter of Grande Ronde, Paul and Ginny Keiter of Norwell, Mass., John and Micky Keiter of Corbett, and Hobe and Gina Kytr of Astoria; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, John R. Kingman.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Longview.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1428 22nd Ave., Longview, WA 98632.

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