Bridget Mary Keyes, best known as Mary to her friends and family was born in Jersey City, NJ on February 11, 1926, and went to her eternal reward on July 1, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Home for the Elderly. Her parents, Matthew and Margaret (McCaffrey) Keyes, were immigrants from Ireland. The Keyes family moved to New York City when Mary was quite young and soon after settled in the Bronx amidst other Irish and Irish-American families. She was the oldest of the Keyes’s five children, two of whom, James and John, died in infancy. Her remaining siblings, Margaret and Matthew, predeceased her in the last three years. Mary lived with and cared for her mother in her mother’s final years.
Mary was a devout Catholic her entire life and supported her local parish church, Our Lady of Angels, as well as Catholic Charities around the world. She always kept her family and friends in her prayers, attended mass daily as long as she was able, and consistently had masses said on behalf of those she loved. Her priest appropriately described her as a “Holy Woman.”
Her niece, Mary Karen Gies, and extended family in Redlands and San Diego, California survive Mary. At Mary’s request, a memorial mass will be held at Our Lady of Angels Roman Catholic Church in the Bronx on July 17, 2020 at 10 AM. Due to Covid-19, internment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to Our Lady of Angels, the Catholic Bishop of Alaska or the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception would be welcomed.
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