Chinese Keil-Peters

Published 10:09 am Wednesday, August 23, 2023

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Keil-Peters, Chinese Amelia, age 85, passed away Saturday, August 12, 2023. She was born into a large family and led by her determination and intelligence to stand out and shine. She described herself as “focused, determined, strong and placing God first in my life.” Ms. Keil-Peters rose and showed up as a leader within her community, ready and available to help those she loved and those in need. Although faced with many challenges, Ms. Keil-Peters never let anything stand in the way of her goals and dreams.

Her accomplishments started with being advanced from 5 th to 7 th grade in her own academic studies, notable even today. These extraordinary leaps set the stage for her continued accomplishments. Initially wanting to be a nurse, Ms. Keil-Peters was drawn toward teaching. She proudly put herself through school and was appreciative of the kindness of others in helping her accomplish those goals. Her tenacity paid off in the form of a bachelor’s degree education obtained from Southern University (Baton Rouge) in 1962. She described her journey as difficult and scary but would proudly do it all over again. She did not live her life in vain.

Ms. Keil-Peters found deep abiding love in her marriage to Mr. Otha Samuel Peters, Jr, January 19, 1995.

She described him as her constant companion and best friend and took pride in being his wife.

Ms. Keil-Peters was preceded in death by her parents, Percy and Bessie T. Keil, her spouse, Otha S Peters, Jr, and siblings; Ruth Jenkins Howard, Mary Louise Spires, Alfred Lord Keil, Lee Ethel Menendez, Andrew Keil, and Gloria Steen Terrell.

She leaves to mourn her transitioning, her sister Barbara J Chatman of Biloxi, MS, her brothers, Richard (Waver) Keil of Bogalusa, and Larry Keil of Houston, TX, grandchildren Sylvia Nelson, Angela Peters and Isaac Peters of Varnado, LA, god children Malcolm Chatman of Sumter, SC and Keandrys Dalton of Baton Rouge, LA, special great great niece Marchell Navarre of Arlington, TX as well as a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews, as well as a plethora of cousins, friends, associates, colleagues, and acquaintances.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 25, 2023 from 2:00pm-5:00pm at Cook Richmond Funeral Home, Bogalusa LA.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Sweet Beulah Baptist Church, 1408 N Roosevelt Street, Bogalusa, LA at 1:00pm with Rev. Charlie Parker Officiating. Cook Richmond Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Sign guest book online at