Mary Gordon (Green) Keegan
Mary Gordon (Green) Keegan, age 82, passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2016 after she courageously and gracefully battled a long illness. Mrs. Keegan was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on April 25, 1934. She graduated from Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus, Mississippi and married James F. Keegan of San Francisco on August 17, 1957.
Mrs. Keegan loved to paint and she traveled extensively in pursuit of her passion. She devoted her life to her husband and children and to volunteer work for charitable and arts organizations including Les Passees and Memphis Botanic Gardens. Her friends and family received the benefits of her talents as a hostess, loyal friend and conversationalist; her story telling skills having been among the most engaging, descriptive and imaginative her friends and family had known. She loved traveling to Europe to paint and enjoy life, throwing and attending parties, spending summers in Montana and reading books.
She is survived by her husband; her children and their spouses Dr. Mary Leigh Keegan and Dr. Robert McNeilly Jones of Somerville, Tennessee; and James F. Keegan, Jr. and Kristen Thompson Keegan of Memphis; four grandchildren Mary McNeilly Jones, Robert Keegan Jones; John Alexander Keegan, and James Hollis Keegan; one brother James Hollis Green and one sister Fay Green Smith. Her family deeply appreciates the love and support her many friends gave "Mary Gordon" during her illness.
Visitation will be Wednesday, October 12 at Canale Funeral Directors from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, October 13 at Church of the Holy Communion.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Oct. 11, 2016