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Mary Hart Keeley

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Mary Hart Keeley Obituary
Mary Hart Keeley

Hanover, NH - Mary Hart Keeley, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away at the age of 98, on May 13, 2018.

Mary was born in Poughkeepsie New York on March 22nd, 1920 and upon retirement moved to Hanover, New Hampshire. Her parents were Frederick HM and Julia Gardner Hart. She was the youngest of three siblings: sister Frances and brother John. She attended local schools, graduated in 1937 from Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and graduated from Vassar College in 1941.

In 1943 she married Charles J. Cook Jr. He was killed during WWII in 1945. During the war she worked at WKIP radio as chief announcer. In 1946 she met and married Dr. James Kenneth Keeley of Ridgewood, New Jersey.

A longtime resident of Poughkeepsie, New York, Mary was actively involved in community activities such as the Girl Scouts, community theater, the Junior League, Medical Auxiliary, Board of Education, and United Way. In the early 1970's she helped form Dutchess Outreach and served as Executive Director until 1985, helping low income residents find the services they needed. Her work lead to the formation of Hudson River Housing. She had a knack for understanding what other people needed and was often a fierce defender or patient supporter/advocate of those less fortunate. In 1986 she received the Alexis De Tocqueville award for her outstanding community service.

Mary is survived by her four children (J, Beth, Meg, David), six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her husband passed away in 2007. She was an amazing woman, who was definitely a giver and a servant. Her family always came first, and she loved her family well. She was very interested in what they were doing, loved to be involved, and was a continual source of laughter, support and encouragement.

Mary and her family rarely turned down the opportunity for adventure. They loved to travel the world, enjoyed many years of camping across the US. They have terrific memories from their "looper" boat trip that took them from New York, to the Great Lakes, down the mighty Mississippi, through the Gulf of Mexico and up the inter-coastal waterway.

Memorial donations may be sent to Dutchess Outreach, 29 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 or Hudson River Housing, 313 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. A memorial/celebration of life service to be held in Hanover, NH will be announced at a later date.
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on May 17, 2018
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