Memorial Donations

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sun Foundation or OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. Make checks written to the specified organization, and mail to P.O. Box 591, Peoria, IL 61651-0391. Please note in memo line "Keiya Dancer Memorial".
Donations can also be made at the memorial service.
The Sun Foundation, founded by educator/artists Joan Root and Robert Ericksen in 1973, is an arts and science educational organization located in rural Washburn, Illinois. Our mission is to strengthen and advance the arts and environmental sciences in rural and urban communities by providing quality and innovative programs, services, publications, research, regranting financial support, and cooperative efforts for the general public, underserved groups, schools, Illinois artists, and local arts organizations.

The Sun Foundation is organized exclusively for education, scientific, and charitable purposes. Specifically, the Foundation shall research, design, produce, and disseminate educational materials that advance and develop integrative and interdisciplinary studies between artists and scientists and the understanding thereof, to enable humankind to live in harmony with nature, by securing a quality environment for all life, thereby enriching the human condition.

Keiya’s had a great love of nature and The Sun Foundation’s founders, Joan Root and Bob Ericksen. Caring for the land we live on and nurturing our relationship with it and our community was very important to Keiya. Joan and Bob are doing just that and much more. Keiya’s spirit will be forever present up at the old oak tree.
Designed to be the ideal home away from home, a Hospice Home provides patients and families the opportunity to expand their relationship and provide optimum medical attention in warm, comfortable surroundings with around-the-clock care. A hospice home is a place to live and accept life's end in peace, with comfort and dignity.

The OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home is located at 8630 N. Illinois Route 91 in Peoria, to the east of the OSF Center for Health. It is a home away from home for terminal patients who have symptoms that cannot be managed at home, have only a short period of time left before they die and are unable to remain in their home, or need brief respite for the primary caregiver. It is the first hospice home in central Illinois and only the fourth such facility in the state of Illinois. There are 16 patient rooms at the home.

Keiya was blessed to have spent her final days here. She said she felt at peace here. On the second day here she went outside in the gardens in the comfort of her own bed and she said “I’m in bliss”. She greatly appreciated the space, warm staff and the Hospice program itself. All of this made her final days peaceful for her and our family.