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Mary K. O'Keefe

October 24, 1934 — April 17, 2023

Mary Knowles (Stewart) O'Keefe grew up in the little town of Navasota, Texas. Her favorite coffee mug stated, "Navasota-it's where my story began," and for her it began on Wednesday, October 24, 1934. She graduated from Navasota High School in 1953. She followed her brother to SMU in Dallas and graduated with a degree in Speech and Hearing. In August 1957, she married James D. "Jim" O'Keefe from Jacksonville, TX who was attending Southwestern Medical School. Now, as Mary K. O'Keefe, she taught the oral deaf in the Dallas Public Schools while her husband continued his medical training. They moved to Little Rock, AR for Jim to complete a residency in cardiology. While there, Mary K. worked as a speech pathologist at the Easter Seal Agency and at the Jacksonville Rehabilitation Center. In July of 1962, Jim selected San Antonio to practice his newly acquired skills. Mary K. was now free to raise a family, run the house, keep the books, invest, and have dinner ready for the uncertain time the physician would end his long day. After a 31 year practice, Jim retired, and they moved to Tierra Linda Ranch outside of Kerrville. Mary K.'s favorite avocation was to put thoughts into the written word, but family and friends were important. Her forte was to gather laughter with the special groups that formed around her.
Mary K. was predeceased by her parents, Dr H.L. Stewart, and Bessie Ruth Stewart, and her brother Homer L. Stewart Jr. who always looked after his little sister. On February 1, 2002, her husband of nearly 45 years, James D. O'Keefe succumbed to complications from cancer. She often mentioned how they would listen to endless hours of music on their vinyls and of how she loved to hold his hand. Their beloved friend Estelle Butler, who was part of the family, passed away in 2020.
In 2008, Mary K. made her final move to Trophy Club to live in the Mil House (Mother-in-law) next to her son, Kavin, his wife Ann, and their son Garrett. They took great care of her heart. She is also survived by her daughter, Kathleen Gensman and son, Nick Gensman; her son, Michael O'Keefe and wife Katrina and her daughter Kaitlyn Hostetler and her husband Josh and their sons, Elliot and Sebastian.
She loved her niece Sherri (Stewart), married to Sid Whitner. The Whitener's have two children. Kristen, married to Nate Gustafson with children Nora, Elia and Colby, and Megan, married to Kenneth Siddall with children Bailee, Breckin, and Briggs. She also loved her nephew Lockett Stewart, married to Rebecca and their two children Anne and Matthew.
Mary K. was grateful for those good friends whom she loved as family: Grear and Stacy Howard and their sons Blake (wife Rachel and children Connor and Hallie) and Taylor ( wife Trudy and children Virtie and Emily); and finally those special grandchildren-in-heart Lauren Argomanix with sons Greyson and Aiden, as well as Markeith Wesley and his little daughter Taliyan Lynn. Lastly, she asked that the kind, gentle, bright friend -Joe Bates-be acknowledged. The two shared an extraordinary friendship.
Mary K. Stewart O'Keefe passed away on April 17, 2023 at the Harbor Center in Southlake, TX. There will be a Celebration of her Life on May 13, 2023 at the Trophy Club Country Club at 12pm.
Memorial Services for Mary K. will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 10:30 a.m. at Lucas Funeral Home Chapel, 700 W. Wall St. Grapevine, TX 76051.
In lieu of flowers, Mary K. requested that memorial donations be made to: Legacy.com Arbor Day Foundation or Tierra Linda Volunteer Fire Department, 406 Oak Alley Kerrville, TX 78028.

A Celebration of Life Reception will follow services at the Trophy Club Country Club.
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Saturday, May 13, 2023

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