MCCONNELSVILLE: Gay B. O'Keefe 85, of 2890 Airport Rd. McConnelsville, Ohio passed away at 11:36 a.m. September 12, 2012 at the OSU Wexner Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
She was born to Dorothy and George Boggs in Chicago, Illinois on May 31, 1927.
She lived in Connecticut, Wisconsin and in Maine while growing up, and married Walter O'Keefe in 1947. They lived in Middletown, and Urbana, Ohio where she was a loving mother to her two children. One premature infant, Michael, preceded her in death.
She attended Clark Technical College, earning an associate degree in social services and then attended Antioch College where she earned a BA in social work.
She worked at the Urbana Daily Citizen before college and then worked as a social worker for the Champaign County, Ohio Dept. of Children's Services for 10 years.
She was a faithful member of the Church of the Epiphany in Urbana and was ordained as a deacon in 1993.
She diligently served as a deacon until 2007 when she moved to McConnelsville, Ohio to be near daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Barbara and Michael Murrell.
While here she attended the First Presbyterian Church in McConnelsville and participated in the Suicide Prevention Coalition. She enjoyed reading, gardening and her pets.
She is survived by one daughter, Dr. Barbara (Michael) Murrell of McConnelsville, OH; her son, Walter Randy (Jane) O'Keefe of Wakefield, Mass.; four grandchildren, John Murrell of Columbus, David Murrell of Dallas, Texas, Meghan O'Keefe of Syracuse, New York and Courtney O'Keefe of Wakefield, Mass.
In addition to her parents and husband, Walter R. O'Keefe, who died January 9, 1982, she was preceded in death by one brother, Reverend Deacon Warren G. Boggs.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at the Miller-Huck Funeral Home in McConnelsville.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at the St. James Episcopal Church , 155 N. 6th Street , Zanesville, Ohio with Rev. Robert E. Willmann, Rev. Kathryn Clausen, and Pastor Barbara Lou Morrison all officiating.
Calling hours will also be held one hour prior to the service at the St. James House adjacent to the church. No reception will be held after the service.
In lieu of flowers , memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , Dept 0845, P.O.Box 1000, Memphis, Tenn. 38148-0845 or Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.miller-huck.com
Interment of her ashes will be in the Memorial Garden at the Proctor Conference Center in London, Ohio at a later date.