Mary A. O’Keefe -O’Neill May 23,1910~June 23,2012

Mary A. O’Keefe -O’Neill, 102, of Fayetteville passed away June 23, 2012 at North Hills Life Care and Rehab. She was born May 23, 1910 in Worcester, Massachusetts to Dennis J. and Nora T. O’Connor­­-O’Keefe. She graduated from Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing with an RN degree in 1931. Her specialty was psychiatric care. She married James H. O’Neill in 1936.Mary credited her longevity to taking an aspirin and a glass of brandy daily. She was an avid baseball fan. She was preceded in death by her husband, James O’Neill; parents; 4 brothers, Francis O’Keefe, Thomas O’Keefe, John O’Keefe and George O’Keefe. Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Babione of West Fork; 2 grandchildren, Robert J. Babione of West Fork and Mark W. Babione and wife Jennifer of Cave Springs; 5 great grandchildren, Shana Vargas and husband Daniel, Robert W.Babione, Matthew Babione, Haydn Babione and Greer Babione.

Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 AM Thursday, June 28, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fayetteville. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the North Hills Life Care and Rehab Special Activities Fund, 27 E Appleby Rd, Fayetteville 72703. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.

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    Marilyn Smith » 26. Jun, 2012

    Bsarbara Babione and family. My sincere sympathy in the loss of your mother.

    Patricia Cooley-McClendon » 27. Jun, 2012

    I am so sorry for the loss in your family. Mary was a wonderful woman and it was a great pleasure being able to be part of her life. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time.

    Beth & Ken Michaels » 28. Jun, 2012


    We don’t have to tell you that we’ll truly miss Mary. She was an important part of our lives. Please know that we’ll be thinking of you and your family in the days ahead.

    Jacque Fifer » 28. Jun, 2012

    Ms. Mary, like my mom Mildred, died so soon after a special birthday. I hope you will begin to have happy memories of your mom and grandmother as I have mine. I was privileged to get to know Mary a little when visiting my mom at North Hills and I offer my condolences to Barbara and family. (An aside: I once knew a Babione where I worked at the law school). – Jacque Fifer

    Barbara Frank » 28. Jun, 2012

    So sorry to read of Steve’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to each one of the family.

    Name » 11. Jul, 2012

    I will truly miss her . I enjoyed seeing her everyday she will be missed by everyone at north hill she was a wonderful women

    Mona slaughter » 11. Jul, 2012

    I will miss her so much I enjoyed seeing her every day she will b missed by everyone at north hill she was a wonderful women

    Name » 13. Jul, 2012

    The Alumni Association of the Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing extends sincere sympathy to the family of Mary O’Keefe-O’Neill.

    Shirley Fulfer » 15. Aug, 2012


    I just heard of Mary’s Passing, I know how close you both were, and how difficult this may be , you have my prayers and Love. I thought the world of Mary and you as well, She was an angel on earth and will be a special angel with God now… Love always

    Shirley Fulfer