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Brenda O'Keefe

Brenda O'Keefe

Sunday, November 15, 2020

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Obituary for Brenda O'Keefe

Brenda O’Keefe (née Brett) died in Ross Memorial Hospital on Sunday, November 15, 2020, with her good friend and neighbour, Cameron Topping, by her side. Brenda came to Lindsay from England in 1947 and shortly after married Leo O’Keefe. She and Leo built and periodically extended their house on St. Paul Street where they raised four children, Michael, Ellen, Christine, and Elizabeth.
Her belief in the importance of community was shown through her service to Lindsay on the town council, with the Victoria County Historical Society (she had a stint as president and subsequently sat on the executive committee), on the Parks Board committee, with the I.O.D.E., and on the Library Board. She received a Fellowship in Applied Education Award from Sir Fleming College.
Brenda wrote for the Lindsay Post for many years. kept a detailed and interesting journal for over 40 years, and loved to write verse for special occasions, including meetings of the Red Hat Society. She read voraciously and widely and enjoyed studying the history of art, philosophy, and religion.
After the death of Leo in 2006, Brenda continued to welcome people to their home, which she shared with a succession of student boarders, Labrador retrievers, and hobo cats who decided to stay. The house was always a place of warm, stimulating conversation, laughter, music, stories, and happy, vivid memories.
As well as her children, Brenda leaves nine devoted grandchildren, Matthew, Mary Ellen, Julia, Laura, Dominic, Emma, Nadine, Christopher, and Lesley, one daughter-in-law, Gladys, two sons-in-law, Romeo and David, seven great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces, of whom the Lindsay contingent (notably Paula and Michelle) were frequent visitors.
Brenda’s family is most grateful for the care she received from the staff at Ross Memorial Hospital, particularly Brenda’s nurses on Surgical South, Dr. Marina Pretorius, Lindsay paramedics, her community care workers, the Lindsay O’Keefes, and Brenda’s loyal and kind friends and neighbours, especially Cameron, Pat, Eric, Sharon, Ria, and Tom.
Donations may be made in Brenda’s name through Mackey Funeral Home to Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation (she graduated from the hospital’s nursing program, worked there as an RNA, and was a patient there on a number of occasions in recent years), or to the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mackey Funeral Home, 33 Peel Street, Lindsay (705-328-2721) www.mackeys.ca

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    St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery
    233 Lindsay Street South
    Lindsay, Ontario
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Amelia Griffin and Anita, Aurora and Joe have planted a memorial tree for Brenda O'Keefe.
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Kimberley Parsons

So sad to hear this. I remember when we lived on St Paul street and seeing auntie Brenda all the time. She will be missed by many people. My thoughts are with the family. Kimberley (Musson) Parsons
Comment | Posted at 01:27pm via Condolence

Amelia Griffin

My deepest love and condolences to friend and family at this time.
Brenda’s daughter Liz is a dear friend of mine, and I have loved knowing her immense heart and kindness through Liz’s stories.
Brenda also came to Canada from the UK with my extended family, the Griffins, and I am grateful that her decision to come to Canada with them eventually turned into her bringing so much good to the community, and to individuals within it.
With love to the whole family - with you. ❤️
Comment | Posted at 10:18am via Condolence

Amelia Griffin

With my sincere love and condolences. May this tree continue to honour her important contributions to this world.
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Anita, Aurora and Joe

Our hearts are with you. Your Mum and Nanna and our Auntie Brenda will be missed. Please know you are not alone.
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Anita, Aurora and Joe planted a memorial tree for Brenda O'Keefe
Comment | Posted at 03:23pm via Memorial Tree

Lori Briand

Mrs. O’Keefe will always bring me fond memories. I lived on St. Paul street for many years and had been at the O’Keefe house all through my childhood as Elizabeth and my self grew up together. Brenda was always warm and welcoming and her love of reading and books always impressed me as a child. The birthday parties for Liz were creative and unlike any other. The Siamese cat used to terrify me.
My sincere condolences to the entire family. She was a great lady and will be missed by all.

Sincerely, Lori Briand ( Burns)
Comment | Posted at 03:13pm via Condolence

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