Heidi was born May 20, 1970, in Rockford, Illinois; the second daughter of Trudi and Gary Keye. She grew up a Rockford girl-she made friends easily in the neighborhood and at school, and kept things interesting everywhere she went. Heidi was a longtime employee at Mary’s Market, and seemingly knew everyone in town. She was athletic, witty, creative, compassionate, and stylish. An avid tennis player; she played in high school and later at Mills College, in Oakland, California. Heidi was an aspiring writer and a lover of language, and studied overseas in France and Italy. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature, and a master’s degree in French Literature from Middlebury College.
In addition to her intellectual and athletic gifts, Heidi had a striking appearance and personality. You knew when Heidi was in the room; she had “presence.” She had a wicked sense of humor and numerous nicknames for family members. She shared private jokes with all of her close friends and family.
During the last two decades, Heidi struggled with chronic pain and illness, yet continued to squeeze as much joy out of life as she could- an afternoon swim (beach or pool), a walk with Baxter, or spending time with her best friend and partner, Jon. She enjoyed living in Fort Myers near her mom and stepdad, with whom she was very close. She devoted much of her time to helping others struggling with mental illness and substance abuse.
Heidi is survived by her partner Jon Heck, mom Trudi Sparks Ingraham, stepfather John Ingraham, sister Kirby Keye Schoenfeld, nephew Parker Basting, niece Paige Basting, and numerous beloved aunts and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, July 21 at the Yana Club- 1185 Lake McGregor Drive, Fort Myers.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday October 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Gulf Harbour Yacht and Racquet Club in the Marina Building, 14490 Vista River Drive, Fort Myers, Florida 33908. Please contact the family if you are attending this Celebration.
The family has designated the Ehlers-Danlos Society (ehlers-danlos.com)for anyone wishing to make a contribution in Heidi’s name.