Rapid River, MI – Della Mae Kee, affectionately called “MiMi”, transitioned to the non-physical realm on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, in Marquette, Mich. Her family gathered around her during her last hours, sharing stories about this amazing woman and her impact upon her family, friends and nature. Loving and enthusiastic, she touched hearts.

She was a devoted mother and wife. Married and in love for 64 years, she is survived by her soulmate, Jim Kee and her children and son-in-law – Bruce Kee, Kim Kee and Rob Mielke. She is survived by her only brother, Bruce Kime and his wife, June Kime, many nieces, nephews and cousins from Lower Michigan and Munising. As well, she is survived by her granddogs, Boone, Belle, Levi and her grandcat, Cuinn. She happily supported and followed her husband’s professional career as they traversed the country and traveled the world.

Della and Jim ventured back to their roots in the UP upon retirement to enjoy old friends, their cabin on the Escanaba River and their beloved log house on the Stonington Peninsula. One of Della’s special and unique gifts was a deep caring and understanding of the animal world, having rescued hundreds along her life journey, from rabbits to ducks to cats, dogs and birds she embraced and healed the injured and weak. Even at 85, she could be seen watering her outdoor plants, feeding the deer and talking to the birds. She was also known to dress in camouflage and stealthily “adopt” or “relocate” abused animals. She will be deeply missed on so many levels… but we know she is guiding and guarding us all.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Kee family. Please visit to offer an online message to the family.