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Ruth V. O'Keefe
August 07, 1927 - August 30, 2023
Obituary For Ruth V. O'Keefe
Ruth V. O’Keefe, 96, of Danvers, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph W. O’Keefe Sr. with whom she spent 35 years of marriage with until his passing in 1984.
She was born in Salem, MA on August 7, 1927 and was the cherished daughter of the late Edward and Theresa (Pothier) Donovan.
Ruth was a graduate of Salem High class of 1944. She had many hobbies and talents. She enjoyed painting, knitting, chair caning and lampshade making. She also loved reading and history.
She taught chair caning and lampshade making for Essex Agricultural School and various council of aging facilities. She worked with special needs children for the City of Peabody and Hogan Regional Center. Ruth also worked for many years at the House of Seven Gables in Salem, which was a great interest to her due to her love of history. She was a member of the Peabody Council of Aging, the Peabody Historical Society, where she earned a Pioneer Award and the AOH in Peabody where she was awarded Irish Woman of the Year in 1994.
Ruth is survived by her Sons, Patrick O’Keefe and his wife Donna of Indiana and Michael O’Keefe and his wife Patti of Peabody; her daughters Sharon O’Keefe of Florida and Terri Barnes and her husband William of Danvers; her daughter-in-law, Marianne O’Keefe of Utah; her 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Ruth is predeceased by her son, Joseph W. O’Keefe Jr.; her siblings, Alice Fitzgerald and Martin, Richard and Robert Donovan.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 from 10:30-12:30 at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St. Peabody, followed by her Funeral Service in the funeral home at 12:30PM. Interment will be at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth’s memory to the American Heart Association by visiting www.heart.org.