Margaret O'Keefe

Margaret Marie O'Keefe (Doucet)

Wednesday, August 13th, 1930 - Sunday, November 8th, 2020
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O’Keefe, Margaret Marie (nee Doucet)

Born August 13, 1930 in Bathurst, New Brunswick. Passed away peacefully at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ontario on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at age 90.

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Margarite Marie, (wife of Charles G. O’Keefe, pre-deceased).

Mother of twin sons Stephen (wife Cheriene) of Burlington and James (wife Mary) of Calgary, AB., and daughter Sandra (husband Gord Ide) of Burlington.

Loving Grandmother to Justin M. Ide and Ryan C. Ide.

Margaret was born during the depression year of 1930. Daughter to Stella and Ben Doucet of Neguac, NB.

Margaret was the third oldest of 17 siblings, Rita (pre-deceased), Theresa, Raymond (pre-deceased), Edgar, Alphonsine (pre-deceased), Catherine (pre-deceased), Dorina (pre-deceased), Laura (pre-deceased), Donald, Yvette, Ida, Leo (pre-deceased), Yvon, Bernadette, Benoit (pre-deceased) and Jeanette. Margaret always enjoyed the loving support of her Doucet and O'Keefe nieces and nephews.

Margaret began her nursing career and training at a TB Hospital in New Brunswick and later on at St. Joseph’s hospital in Saint John, NB.

In the late 1950’s, Margaret and Charles moved the family to Ontario where she continued her nursing career at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto where she mainly worked in the geriatrics department.

In retirement Margaret moved to Burlington, ON., to be close to her family and grandsons. Margaret was active in the Burlington Senior Centre and was an avid quilter. Margaret was proud to live independently in her own home and maintain an active social circle until age 90.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Church, 2016 Blairholm Ave., Burlington, ON. at 2:30 PM on Friday November 13, 2020. In accordance with provincial regulations, there is a limit to the number of guests who may attend at one time. Please RSVP in advance at If you are having difficulty with the online RSVP, please call the Funeral Home between 9a.m. – 5 p.m. All visitors are asked to wear a face mask. Interment will take place at a later date. No reception will follow due to COVID-19 restrictions.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to McMaster Children’s Hospital, Neonatal Unit.

(Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Homes, Burlington 905-632-3333)
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    Friday, November 13th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    Friday, November 13th, 2020 2:30pm
    St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church
    2016 Blairholm Ave.
    Burlington, ON L7R 1V4
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Private Condolence

Helene Gayowsky

Posted at 07:51pm
Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family for the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Helene and Larry

Hilda Robinson

Posted at 07:38pm
Heartfelt condolences to Margaret's family.
After moving to Burlington in 2008, I met Margaret in the Seniors' Centre and we became good friends.
I always enjoyed her company and our telephone conversations, especially our reminiscences of NB and NS.
Margaret was very kind and a wonderful friend and I will miss her very much.

Barbara Chenier

Posted at 10:56pm
Dear Stephen, James, sandra, Justin and Ryan, we are very saddened to learn of your Mom and grandmothers passing. Aunt Margaret was very special to Abby and I and we will miss her dearly. As well as being an Aunt, she was also a friend and we shared many good times together through the years.
I first met Margaret in 1964, when our family moved to Ontario, My husband Abby lived with them on parkside drive. Margaret was like a second mother to both of us. In later years she and Charles moved to Saint John and we became very close and enjoyed many good times together....sewing, shopping trips to the states, and lots fun gatherings with friends and family?
Lots of great memories!
Margaret loved her family and was especially proud of her two grandsons.
Heartfelt condolences go out to all the family as well as Margaret's Sisters and brothers whom she loved dearly.
I have lots of pictures but they are not available to me at this time....I have one in my photos from last November which I will attached.
Abby and I will be in church tomorrow, here in Saint John, During the Mass, so we will be with you in spirit and thinking of all of you.
We love you Margaret and will miss you! RIP



Posted at 12:22pm
I am so sorry For your loss. Your mom was a very special Lady. I have so many Happy Memories,Bus trips.dinners and Breakfast at the Senior centre, Concerts in the park. We met in the sewing class at the seniors centre in 2000. a.Margaret was a dear friend. We chatted on the phone for hours. I will miss going to auctions sales and buying STUFF, having Fish and Chips Friday night at the legion. Because of Covid we never got to say goodbye. She is now safe in Gods Care..I will miss her laugh and wonderful stories.
She was a special lady and will always be remembered with Love

susan parker

Posted at 08:46am
Our condolences on the loss of your mom. I know she was loved so very much. We always enjoyed her apple pies💕
Susan an Tom Parker

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