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Lori Jo Keith

June 13, 1956 — March 22, 2023

Lori Jo Keith, a devoted nurse and lover of all animals passed away on March 22nd, 2023 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Richard and Marylynn (Elrod) Keith. Lori is survived by her siblings Michal (Harlow) Hofer of Sioux Falls, SD, Georgianna and Rick Plummer of Sioux Falls, SD, Mark (Faye) Keith of Sioux Falls, SD, and Barbara Riddle of St. Paul, MN; as well as nieces and nephews Jennifer Plummer, Daniel Plummer, Matthew (Sadie) Plummer, Ryan (Leah) Hofer, Courtney (Titus) Kiplimo, Adam (Keri) Keith, Jeffrey (Ashley) Riddle, Justin (Tessa) Riddle; and twelve great-nieces and great-nephews who cherished her dearly. Lori was born on June 13th, 1956 in Sioux Falls, SD. From a young age, she possessed a natural talent of caring for others. She pursued her passion for nursing by earning a degree from Saint Mary's School of Nursing, and went on to work at Mayo Clinic for over 46 years. Patients were not just people to her, but friends she cared for deeply. In addition to her love for nursing, Lori was a devoted animal lover. She had a special fondness for pets of all kinds, and would often rescue pets from the local animal shelter or help stray animals find a home. Her gentle nature and compassionate spirit made her a natural caretaker, both for humans and animals alike. Lori will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Her legacy of kindness and caring will continue to inspire those whose lives she touched. A celebration of life will take place Tuesday May 2, 2023 2:00 P.M. at Mayo Clinic Hospital St. Mary' s Campus Chapel in Rochester, MN, family will greet friends beginning at 1:30 P.M. A celebration of life in Sioux Falls, SD will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Paws and Claws Humane Society in Rochester, MN. Rest in peace, Lori.
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