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Mahala Farmer McKnight O'Keefe
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Birth: Jun. 7, 1851
Lone Jack
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Death: Apr. 9, 1925
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

APRIL 9, 1925


Oldest Member Baptist Church and Keenly Interested in it's activities - Funeral Tomorrow

Mrs. E. L. O'Keefe, on of the pioneer residents of Carthage, died this morning at five o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. S. Durham, 1306 S. Main Street. Mrs. O'Keefe had been seriously ill for only a little more than two weeks and bedfast for only about a week. Her death was due to the infirmities of old age and the results of a recent severe illness of flu. She had been unconscious since last Saturday, since which time it had been known she could not recover.

Mrs. O'Keefe would have been 74 years of age on June 7 of this year. Her maiden name was Mahala F. McKnight and she was born in Lone Jack in this state in 1851. She lived there till she was about six years of age when she removed with her parents to Bolivar, Missouri where she resided till she came to Carthage to make her home as the bride of Eugene O'Keefe, to whom she was married on October 7, 1869. She came here to visit her sister, the late Mrs. M. M. James in 1867 and it was on this visit that she first met Mr. O'Keefe, then in the dry goods business here as a member of the firm of Gray & O'Keefe. Carthage had been her home continuously since 1869, a period of 56 years. Her husband, Eugene O'Keefe, long one of the foremost citizens of Carthage, died in January 1910.

Mrs. O'Keefe had been longer a member of the First Baptist church of this city than any other member of that denomination. In honor of this distinction she turned the first spadeful of earth at the breaking of ground for the erection of the handsome new Baptist Church now nearing completion on Garrison Avenue facing Central Park. She had long been keenly interested in the erection of a new church by the Baptists here and it was a fond hope of her declinging years that she might live long enough to see the new church dedicated, a privilege which was unhappily denied her.
She was a devout member of the Baptist Church and one of its most active and efficient workers, both in the religious work of the church and in the generosity of her financial support to it's varied undertakings.

She had in her younger days been one of the most active workers in the charity union and in other activities by the good people of this community. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the N.N.C, the latter being the pioneer literary organization of women in this part of the southwest. She was loved and respedcted by a wide circle of friends.

Mrs. O'Keefe is survived by her daughter, Mrs. L. S. Durham, at whose home she passed away, and her son, John E. O'Keefe, of this city;
also by three half sisters, all older than she, as follows;
Mrs. Ben Denton of Stillwell, Oklahoma
Mrs. Sallie Smith of Ash Grove, Missouri
Mrs. Parleigh James of Kansas City, MO

also a nephew, Eugene McKnight of Los Angeles

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church
Rev. W. W. Pierce officiated
Family links: 
  Eugene O'Keefe (1833 - 1910)*
  Lula O'Keefe Durham (1870 - 1943)*
  John Eugene O'Keefe (1875 - 1952)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Traditional Sector Bl 15 Lot 30 Sp 6
Created by: NJBrewer
Record added: Nov 10, 2010
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Mahala Farmer <i>McKnight</i> O'Keefe
Added by: NJBrewer
Mahala Farmer <i>McKnight</i> O'Keefe
Added by: NJBrewer
Mahala Farmer <i>McKnight</i> O'Keefe
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"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."- Helen Keller
 Added: Nov. 13, 2010
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