Margaret McKee Obituary

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Margaret McGinley McKee

January 5, 1926 - August 14, 2014
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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FAMILY KINDLY REQUESTS THAT FLOWERS NOT BE SENT. Margaret "Peggy" McGinley McKee passed away at her home on the morning of Thursday, the 14th of August 2014. Peggy was born on the 5th of January 1926, in Wheeling, West Virginia, to Margaret Maxwell and Patrick John McGinley. Peggy grew up in Wheeling and in 1943, graduated from Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy, a private Catholic all-girls school founded by the Sisters of the Visitation. The friendships Peggy formed at the Mount endured throughout her lifetime. She attended Maryville University, an all-women's Catholic university founded by the Religious of the...
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Margaret "Peggy" McGinley McKee passed away at her home on the morning of Thursday, the 14th of August 2014.
Peggy was born on the 5th of January 1926, in Wheeling, West Virginia, to Margaret Maxwell and Patrick John McGinley. Peggy grew up in Wheeling and in 1943, graduated from Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy, a private Catholic all-girls school founded by the Sisters of the Visitation. The friendships Peggy formed at the Mount endured throughout her lifetime. She attended Maryville University, an all-women's Catholic university founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1947. As at the Mount, Peggy gained several friends with whom she remained close throughout their lives.
During a summer home from Maryville, Peggy began a relationship with Robert Smith "Bob" McKee of Martin's Ferry, Ohio, with whom her family was acquainted and they were married in 1948 and settled in Wheeling. Peggy and Bob soon began a family in 1949 with the arrival of twins, Patrick John and David Stewart. Another son, Robert Andrew, was born in 1950 and then Peggy and Bob set off for Montevideo, Uruguay, where Bob served as treasurer of Lutcher S.A. Celulose e Papel, a paper company started with a university classmate and friend. While in Montevideo, Bob and Peggy welcomed their first girl, Catherine Louise, and in 1953, they returned to the United States where they made their permanent residence in Houston. Later, a second girl, Edna Rebecca, "Becky," was born and the family was complete with the birth of their son Edward Phelps in 1956.
The Catholic faith that Peggy embraced formed her core throughout her life. In Houston she joined the Catholic community through her active involvement with Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, the Charity Guild of Catholic Women and Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Peggy's greatest joy was her family at which she was the center and she took great care that each child felt special and no matter whom they were or what they did, they always knew they were loved. She was always there to listen and share in the successes, disappointments and struggles. Her strength was in allowing each of her children to make their own mistakes and learn from them even though she may have wanted to spare them those lessons.
Peggy was a lover of all of the arts and an avid reader, enjoying mysteries, spy thrillers, history, the Sunday New York Times and comics section of the local Sunday paper. Hunting for antiques with her children David, Becky and Catherine was another pleasure that they shared in. She possessed a sharp wit and dry sense of humor that she passed along to all of her children and she delighted in silly humor. Possessed of a warm and giving heart, Peggy was a thoughtful and generous friend finding just the right gift, lending a helping hand or her time to listen.
In addition to raising a family, Peggy and Bob enjoyed sixty-five years together sharing in Bob's career at Transco Energy and life in retirement. Before and after Bob's retirement, the two of them enjoyed travel, going to destinations in Europe every year and on five separate occasions, to Africa on safari. Peggy lost Bob on the 5th of March 2014 and missed him deeply. With her passing, they are joined together again.
Peggy is survived by her sons, Patrick John McKee, David Stewart McKee, Robert Andrew McKee and Edward Phelps McKee; her daughters, Catherine McKee Sudre and Edna Rebecca McKee; her son-in-law, Olivier Henri Sudre; her daughter-in-law, Patti Epstein McKee; and her grandchildren, Ian Stuart McKee, Sean Maxwell McKee, Patrick Michel Sudre, Morgan Paige McKee and Evan Maxwell McKee.
The family wishes to acknowledge Peggy's caregivers Betty Horne, Lulu Gomez and Nicole Green. Betty, Lulu and Nicole, to each of you the family extends its gratitude and appreciation for attending to our mom so carefully and compassionately. We saw and she felt your love for her.
A memorial service is to be conducted at two o'clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 20th of August, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3617 Milam Street in Houston, where Brother Ian G. Bordenave, O.P., Pastor, is to celebrate.
Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the nearby parish hall.
In lieu of customary remembrances, and for those desiring, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in memory of Peggy be directed to the Holy Rosary Centennial Fund at Holy Rosary Church, Attn: Valerie Chase, 3617 Milam, Houston, TX, 77002; or the Charity Guild of Catholic Women, 1203 Lovett Blvd, Houston, TX. 77006.

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