Sasha Jennifer Keys

November 10, 1969 - February 1, 2020

Sasha Jennifer Keys, 50, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for the past 27 years, formerly of Big Pine Key, FL, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2020 in Cape Coral, FL. She was born November 10, 1969 in Manhattan, NY.

Sasha was of the Russian Orthodox faith. She attended Key West High School and went on to attend college. In April of 1990 she married William Keys in Key West, FL. The following year they welcomed their first and only child Brittany into the world. Sasha was a loving, caring mother. She always put her daughter first and there’s nothing in this world she wouldn’t have done for her. They were very close and spent a lot of time together. In 2016 Sasha helped welcome her granddaughter, McKinley (who Sasha helped name) into the world, who she absolutely adored; she was overjoyed to become a grandma. In April of 2020, Sasha was supposed to help give her daughter away in marriage, which she was very excited and happy for. Sasha was a warm, kind and loving soul. She almost always had a smile on her face and she loved everyone. She never judged anyone and always saw the best in people. She loved being out on the water, traveling, spending time with family and friends, blaring rock and roll music and enjoying life. She lived every day to the fullest and she was always there for the people who were important in her life when they needed her the most. Sasha will always be remembered and loved, although her passing was sudden, she would never have wanted anyone to be upset or worried. She would be extremely happy to see all her favorite people coming together to celebrate her life and the wonderful woman she was. She would say, “Don’t cry or be sad, but turn the music up and think of me.” She would want her life to be remembered for all the good times she brought into all of our lives and for us all to know that she will always be with us no matter where we go or what we do.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Brittany Keys (Michael Quintero) of Cape Coral; granddaughter, McKinley Keys; loving mother, Ann Vlaun of Cape Coral; long time companion, Glenn Schomer of North Fort Myers; siblings, Nadira Vlaun (Kristian Iglesias) of Greenport, NY, and Donde Basztura of Maui, HI; a niece, Osa Iglesias and nephew, Brae Iglesias; as well as her separated husband, Thomas Chambers of Ocala, FL.

Sasha was preceded in death by her father, Sheldon Levine and her grandmother, Claudia Vlaun.

Funeral Services will be held 5:00 PM Friday, February 7, 2020 at Mullins Memorial, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916 with Father Paul Nguyen officiating. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation from 4:00 PM until the time of service.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Sasha Jennifer Keys are suggested to: Brittany Keys or Ann Vlaun, c/o Mullins Memorial, 1056 NE 7th Terr., Cape Coral, FL 33909.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

Guestbook

  1. Kim Medeiros Feb 5, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Sasha we were soulmate sisters cause best friend doesn’t even come close to what we had. I love and miss you more than any word could describe. You were my constant. No matter if we talked daily or not for months. We never skipped a beat. I promise to do my very best to keep Britt and her beautiful family close to me always. I promise to tell them all the best stories. You will never be forgotten!! You are so loved by any and all that touched your life. I miss your smile and laugh that always reached your eyes!!!💜💚💜💚

  2. Michele and Henry Quintero Feb 5, 2020 at 10:44 am

    The loss of a mother is heartbreaking.
    Condolences for you and your family.
    May your memories of your mother embrace you and bring you comfort.

  3. Jan Rottman. Feb 5, 2020 at 10:57 am

    She was a very colorful bigger than life kind of woman. Always made me laugh. The world is less bright without her.

  4. Susan Zucal Feb 5, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Brittany so very sorry for your lost. Stay strong. Know that she was loved and that she loved you. Sending you all my love❤️

  5. Mary Quintero Feb 5, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Dear Sasha, I can’t seem to find the right words to express how I’m feeling right now. It’s beyond being sad. Your sudden passing has taken a toll on everyone who loved you. I was looking forward to sharing our children’s lives together with you. I promise you, We all will look after Brittany and McKinley. We are family, so please don’t worry. I can never replace you, nor would I want too, but I will cherish having Brittany as my “new daughter “. And I will always look out for McKinley, our little Princess. Michael will look after your girls always. He loves them both so much. And Sasha, he really loved you. He will miss you so much. Rest In Peace. You will always be in our hearts.

  6. Mary Quintero Feb 5, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    There are no words to describe how I feel, except for an overwhelming sadness. I promise you that we will always take care of Brittany and McKinley. We love them so much. So please don’t worry. Michael is a good man, and he will never let anything happen to them. He loved you so much. You will always be in our hearts. I just wish I had gotten to know you better, I thought we had more time… you will be missed so much . Love you.

  7. Diane Baucom Feb 5, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    It’s hard to believe she is gone. We had some awesome memories over the years until our lives went in different directions. I will miss those days and am sad we won’t get to grow old being grandmas together. Brittany was always her pride and joy and she was just as proud of McKinley. Sad that we will never have the chance to reconnect.

  8. Steve Medeiros Feb 5, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Sasha words can’t describe the friendship we shared, Married to your best friend and best friends with your boyfriend we battled and loved for so many years ! Lol I Love You and will always remember the times WE shared. You will ALWAYS have a piece of My heart forever ! God Bless !

  9. Michael Quintero Feb 5, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Where to begin….. Sasha welcomed me into the family with the most open of arms, I loved her instantly. She always gave me a big hug and made me feel right at home. I loved her and there was never a dull moment when she was around. She loved all of us, just the most doting mother and grandmother, she truly lived for Brittany and McKinley. I know she knew in the end that Brittany would be taken care of and she would go on to lead one HELL of a life. We will miss you so much momma…… til we meet again, see you on the other side. Love you,

    Your son in law forever,

    Michael

  10. Diane Baucom Feb 6, 2020 at 7:02 am

    It’s hard to believe she is gone. We had some awesome memories over the years until our lives went in different directions. I will miss those days and am sad we won’t get to grow old being grandmas together. Brittany was always her pride and joy and she was just as proud of McKinley. She will be missed.

  11. Angela Ison Feb 6, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    I’ll always love you Sasha. Thank you for the lessons you have taught me and for the light you have brought into my life. You are forever in my heart ❤️ I love you my eternal big sis, xoxo

  12. Ruthie Marsden Feb 6, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    So sorry Ann. May God Bless you and family. Love and miss you
    Ruthie

  13. Myra Wittenberg Feb 6, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Dear Ann and family – our prayers are with you all … on Earth as it is in heaven! You shall always be remembered and treasured by all who’s life you touched and celebrated!

    Ann, I love you and I’m with you in spirit! Myra❤️🙏❤️

  14. Donna M Shupock Feb 7, 2020 at 3:43 am

    May God wrap his loving arms around Sash’s loving family and friends and comfort them in their time of need now and forever. May Sasha R.I.P. May her memories be forever lived in her families lives. God Bless you all and keep you safe. My condolences to Sasha’s family and friends

  15. JB Feb 7, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Sasha, my soul sister, my partner in crime, my assigned buddy, my classmate, my formative years’ blessing, my best friend, words can not adequately express how very deeply saddened I am.

    From the first day we met at St. John’s on the Upper East Side in NYC at the age of eight, we were inseparable, the best of friends, allies, and defender with never a dull moment. We became family.

    In our teens, we formed our group/band “The Angles”. There was a rotation of members from the 8th grade and the Jersey shore, with you, and I remaining constant, always laughing and having fun.

    Through the years and miles in our teens, we remained close, seeing each other at least once or twice a year and always having a blast no matter what we were doing.

    I hope you are having a blast in heaven, Angel Sasha.
    You will forever remain in my heart, in joy.

    I Love You, Dearly!
    Jennifer

  16. Maria De Haseth Feb 9, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Dear Ann, I am so sorry for this great loss. It’s hard enough losing our parents, but we never expect to lose our children. I cannot imagine what you are going through now having lost your precious daughter, but I do know one thing, you are a strong woman from a strong family, and you will survive and ultimately thrive again. Sasha would want you too, I think. so you can be there for her child and grandchild. Have faith that with time, things will be better, if never the same. Have faith and seek comfort in the arms of Jesus. When we are weak, He is strong. You are in my prayers and thoughts in the weeks and months to come. Sending you love and hugs.

  17. Megan Feb 19, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Dear Ann,
    I am thinking of you and your family and sending you love. Stay strong. ❤️
    Megan

  18. Joann Dillon Mar 13, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Dear Ann and family: Having never met Sasha, I feel like I did. My grief is for Sasha (gone too soon), Brit, Nadie, McKinley and those who loved her the most. I know that you must feel a great void and even though she said “Don’t cry for me” I know that you are. She lived life fully and the way she wanted. I pray that God gives you peace and strength knowing that you will see her again. Love, light and hugs to you all.

  19. Your daughter Mar 26, 2020 at 2:53 am

    I love you momma!!!

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