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Rebecca Jo McIlroy McKeever


1950 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Rebecca Jo McIlroy McKeever Obituary
Rebecca Jo McIlroy McKeever passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, a mere two months after her 64th birthday. She braved her brief, final illness with dignity, grace and even a touch of humor. Memorial service: 11:30 a.m. Friday in Greenwood Chapel. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fort Worth Garden Club, 322 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107, or to a . Rebecca was born June 2, 1950, in Portsmouth, Va., to Edward and Betty Jo McIlroy. As her father pursued a career in the Navy, Rebecca and her three siblings grew up all across the country, from California to Virginia. Landing at last in Fort Worth, she married Kent McKeever on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1979. She began her career in the field of social work, also counseling rape survivors at John Peter Smith Hospital, then helping Vietnamese refugee families launch their new lives in America. Eventually she shifted focus, dedicating herself to her great love, the garden. Her horticultural expertise led to positions at the nursery boutiques Smithfield's and Into the Garden. She was proud to have become a master gardener. Alongside her botanical knowledge, she knew how to throw a party and she threw many successful functions during nearly a decade at Alamo Title. Rebecca was a member of the Fort Worth Woman's Club, a docent for the Cowgirl Hall of Fame and a dedicated member of the Fort Worth Garden Club. She also served on the Tarrant County grand jury, where she won points for impeccable personal style. Rebecca was the ultimate lover of all things beautiful, from garden designs to vintage couture, tablescapes to seascapes. She celebrated every occasion with china, crystal and silver galore. She paused for sunrises and sunsets. She loved novels, film, dancing, parties, music, dogs, road trips and sweets. Many benefited from her wisdom, wit and advice. Life of the party, light of our lives, Rebecca transformed even everyday life into something finer than it would have been without her. Most of all, she loved and was, in return, loved. She left us, her loved ones, too soon. But we know ourselves blessed to have played our parts in the fabulousness that was her life. Survivors: Husband of 35 years, Kent D. McKeever; sister, Carol Walker and husband, John, of Medford, Ore.; brothers, Ed McIlroy and wife, Amy, of Doyline, La., and Greg McIlroy of Applegate, Ore.; sisters-in-law, Karen Flynn and husband, Ed, of Arlington and Mary Alice Garrison of Dallas; brother-in-law, Clark McKeever of Enid, Okla.; uncle, aunts and cousins; and, finally, nieces and nephews and their children, to whom she was their adored Auntie Mame.
Published in Star-Telegram on Aug. 6, 2014
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