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Catherine Murray O’Keeffe

Posted By Hall-Wynne On March 18, 2019 @ 11:51 am In Durham,Obituaries | 20 Comments

Catherine Murray O’Keeffe, age 89, died peacefully in her Durham home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Catherine was born in County Cork, Ireland to the late Jeremiah and Julia Cronin Murray.  She was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for many years and an active member of the Catholic Daughters of Americas-Court Durham #1576.

Catherine loved the lord, her family, and the community.  She will be missed, and is an inspiration to all that knew her.

Catherine is survived by her loving and devoted husband of nearly 64 years, Patrick A. O’Keeffe of Durham, NC; her four children, Martin O’Keeffe of Atlanta, GA; Patricia Odell (Jeff) of Durham; Jerry O’Keeffe (Tana) of Durham; and Eileen Stevens (Robert) of Raleigh, NC; and five grandchildren, Niles O’Keeffe, Maura Hanks, Julia Stevens, Patrick “Joseph” O’Keeffe and Sean O’Keeffe.  She was preceded in death by her siblings, Nora, Pat, John, Diarmuid, Tom and Josie.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 11:00 am Thursday, March 21, 2019 from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with visitation one-hour prior from 10:00-11:00 in the daily chapel.   A brief reception in the gathering space will follow mass.  Burial will be private at St. Matthew Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Durham Meals on Wheels, 2522 Ross Rd., Durham, NC  27703; or Catholic Daughters of Americas-Court Durham, 3502 Lochnora Parkway, Durham, NC 27705.

Arrangements for the O’Keeffe family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.  On-line memorials:  www.hallwynne.com.  Select obits.

Condolences for the family of “Catherine Murray O’Keeffe”

Condolence from Mindy Wilkie on March 18th, 2019 12:55 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for your healing and comfort.
Mindy and Phillip Wilkie

Condolence from Martina Mc Sweeney on March 18th, 2019 2:00 pm

To Paddy and family we wish to offer our sincere condolence to all.
ye are in our prayers at this sad time.

Martina Mc Sweeney and family Kilnamartyra.

Condolence from Harriet S Cates on March 18th, 2019 2:03 pm

We offer our prayers to the O’Keeffe family. Patrick, Caleb remembers Catherine and how sweet she was always to him, when you two worked together. Our love and thoughts. Harriet and Caleb Cates.

Condolence from Olivia o keeffe on March 18th, 2019 3:49 pm

Prayers and blessings from her Irish O ‘ Keeffe Family , Con , Theresa , and daughters Andrea Olivia , Sons Colin and Ryan x

Condolence from Harriet cates on March 18th, 2019 4:10 pm

We offer our sincere prayers, Caleb and I have wonderful memories of Catherine,

Condolence from nancy hargis on March 18th, 2019 7:39 pm

O Keeffe family sorry for the passing of Catherine she was a vey sweet lady She will be missed by all.

Condolence from Sister Rose Casey on March 18th, 2019 8:15 pm

Dear Pat and family-deepest sympathy for your great loss. I’ve missed seeing you both…may Kathleen rest in deep peace.
Sister Rose Casey, SNDdeN

Condolence from Rita Keizer on March 18th, 2019 11:21 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed talking with her at the Green Oak Ladies meetings.

Condolence from Denise Miles on March 19th, 2019 9:53 am

We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort during this time. May you all be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. The Miles Family

Condolence from Anne N. on March 19th, 2019 10:55 am

Im so sorry to learn of Kathleen’s passing. I loved our Monday mornings at Immaculate Conception counting the offertory together with our wonderful group of “Money Counters”. She was the sweetest lady and an example of Christian faith. She left the world a better place. We will miss her sweet smile and soft, cheerful voice. My sincere condolences to Pat and the children and their families for this great loss.
God Rest her soul.

Condolence from Ron Comacho on March 19th, 2019 8:38 pm

I never knew Catherine O’Keeffe but I’ve known son Martin and his son Niles for years. They are good people, the kind of raised on a foundation of strong principles that can be passed from generation to generation. I can only imagine that Catherine along with Patrick raised a family with the best principles of loving, caring, thoughtfulness. May the Irish Angels rest their wings beside Catherine’s door.

Condolences to the O’Keeffe Family.

Martin’s friend – Ron

Condolence from Brent Wilkins on March 20th, 2019 7:47 am

So very sorry for the loss of this special lady. Growing up spent a lot of time at the O’Keefe home and she was just the nicest person.

Condolence from Michelle Pleasants on March 20th, 2019 9:03 am

I am deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead.

My most sincere condolences and love,

Michelle Ellis Pleasants
(grand daughter of Gilbert and Enid Hageman)

Condolence from Jim Alexander on March 20th, 2019 1:48 pm

Pat, I am so sorry for your significant loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from SUSAN WILLIAMS on March 20th, 2019 7:54 pm

Eileen, May God Bless your hearts at this sad time in your lives. May your memories of your mom help the healing process. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family tomorrow. I love that we both had Irish moms and that your mom passed the day before the feast of St Patrick.
With love,
Susan Williams

Condolence from Gillian (Jill) Ellis on March 21st, 2019 6:39 pm

I am so saddened by the loss of your wonderful mother. We have cherished and wonderful., precious memories.
I’m not sure if you know I lost Bruce three years ago. We talked often of our times shared and how much he loved your parents. He and you Dad especially, would have many a story that would keep the spirits flowing and the stories getting more funny,
I miss the old days and seeing all of you. I will pray for all of you but most especially for your parents. Your mother was such a true role model of our faith .
God be with all of you and my love and warm hugs for each.

Condolence from Clay A. Chandler on March 22nd, 2019 3:06 pm

Dear Jerry & Family :

I am so sorry to hear of your mother & grandmother’s passing. You all are in my prayers.

Condolence from Valerie McNary on March 23rd, 2019 2:27 pm

Dear O’Keeffe Family,

Our families shared so many good times when we were younger. I have so many fond memories of your Mother’s smile and her laughter. Even though we tested her patience many a day, she still treated us with such kindness. I always enjoyed seeing her and speaking to her when I was at church when home.

Your Mom has been a blessing for so many. It is good to know heaven has another angel to watch over us.

Much love, respect and blessings to all of you. You are all in my prayers. Please give your Father my condolences.

Love , Valerie
and The McNary Family

Condolence from Valerie McNary on March 23rd, 2019 2:39 pm

Dear O’Keeffe Family,

Our families ha e shared so many good times when we were younger. I have so many fond memories of your Mother’s smile and laugh. Even though we tested her patience on many a day, she always treated us with kindness.

Your Mother has been a blessing to so many. It is good to know that heaven has another angel watching over us. I am sure “Mac” was there to greet her as he was always so fond of your Mom.

Much love, respect and blessings to you all. Please give you Dad my condolences. You are all in my prayers.

Love, Valerie
and The McNary Family

Condolence from Jim Evans on April 2nd, 2019 3:04 pm

I’ve just noticed the passing of Mrs O’Keeffe. She and I worked together at Belk South Square Mall many years ago. I remember her as a sweet and awesome lady. My sympathy is extended to all her family.

Jimmy Evans

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