March 27, 2023, 26, Grantham –
Abigail Keen-Pipkin, 26, was completely healed on Monday, March 27, 2023, at Duke University Hospital, surrounded by her family. Born in Wayne County on June 30, 1996, she was the daughter of Deon Grantham Keen and the late Randy “Bear” Keen.
In addition to her father, Abby was preceded in death by her father figure, Richard Gallucci; paternal grandparents, Cooper and Louise Keen; and maternal grandfather, Claro Tha “Bootsie” Grantham.
In addition to her mother, Abby is survived by her son, Waylon Keen Pipkin; sister, Daranda Crews, and husband, Mark; brother, Matthew Keen and wife, Brooke; nieces, Madison Crews and Ava Keen; nephews, Noah Crews, Cooper Keen, and Wesley Keen; maternal grandmother, Susan Langley Grantham; Abby’s best friend whom she referred to as “her person,” Brittany Mitchell and husband, Austin; and numerous beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins.
From the time Abby entered this world, she was a force to be reckoned with. Her determination was the theme of her entire 26 years. If you told Abby she couldn’t, she gave 110% to show you that indeed, yes she could. That brave, fighting spirit was constant in her health issues as she never complained about her sickness or pain. She was our “Princess Warrior.” Abby’s faith was unshakable through all of the valleys she faced. She had a personal relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Abby often told Deon that she knew Him and that He was guiding her path.
Abby’s zest for life was evident in every aspect of her life. Known to be just a little “EXTRA,” Abby had an eye for fashion, always making sure she looked her very best, including her hair and makeup. From the time she was little, Abby loved to express herself through dance. She was the most beautiful dancer and will be remembered for her elegance and grace. We rejoice knowing she is dancing at her Heavenly Father’s feet.
In conjunction with her passion for dance, Abby was a cheerleader at Grantham Middle School. Later in life, she was determined to become proficient at fast-pitch softball, something that Richard worked tirelessly with Abby to perfect.
Abby had a love for travel and was on the go as often as she could, while her health allowed. Her desire to be a registered nurse was something that set in early and she pursued that dream while working in the healthcare field. She had worked at UNC Health Johnston where she floated from unit to unit as a CNA.
Abby, much like her daddy, Randy, was very reserved until she really got to know someone. Those closest to her always admired the side of Abby not seen by the public. Her humble, selfless spirit was always willing to help others, even when she was battling her own illness. There are numerous people that have shared with Abby’s family the acts of kindness she never spoke about. Abby’s capacity to forgive had no limits, no matter what may have been the case, always forgiving and choosing love. Her inner circle also witnessed Abby’s unique sense of humor as she was often funny without even trying.
Family was paramount to Abby, she enjoyed the role of daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, and cousin, but the one she treasured most was being Waylon’s mama. Anyone that knew Abby knew that the sun rose and set in Waylon Keen Pipkin. Very seldom did you see a picture of Abby that Waylon wasn’t in. She considered him her greatest accomplishment and will forever be her legacy.
Abby left her mark wherever she ventured, this included Duke University Hospital. Abby’s case was one for the books and had much research to know more. She left a lasting impression on the team who sought to give her more birthdays. Because of their enduring fight, the family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the ICU, 6th Floor Organ Transplant Unit, the Liver Transplant Team, and the entire staff of Duke University Hospital for the exceptional care provided to Abby. You never gave up on our Abby, and for that, we will be eternally grateful.
The family would also like to express their appreciation to this amazing community that has rallied around Abby throughout her journey. Your calls, texts, love, and most importantly, your prayers are appreciated more than words can say.
A service to celebrate Abby’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2023, in the Birdsong Chapel at The Cornealius Properties, 1536 Old Smithfield Rd, Goldsboro, NC 27530 with Rev. Patrick Muston officiating. Interment will follow in the Eureka Christian Church Cemetery, Mount Olive. Abby’s family will receive friends from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at Seymour Funeral Home and at other times at the home.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be directed to Donate Life America, 5516 Falmouth Street, Suite 302, Richmond, VA 23230 or PSC Partners Seeking a Cure, 6900 E. Belleview Ave. Suite 202, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be expressed at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.