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Monday December 10, 2012

Patricia Audrey O'Keeffe (nee Lay) formerly Skillen December, 22, 1921 to December 9, 2012
With sadness we announce the passing of Patricia Audrey O'Keeffe in Hamilton Ontario.
She was the beloved wife of the late Ed O'Keeffe.
Sister to Thelma Mahaits and David Lay.
Mother to Patricia Heather (Gene) Ceislewicz, Chris (Lynn) Skillen, Trevor (Lorna) Skillen and Meredith (Paul) Carpenter.
Step-mother to Kathy (Bryce) Blackman, Lawrence (Joanne) O'Keeffe and Marjorie (Robert) Nairn.
Grandmother (Pattie) to Dan (Trish) and Chris Cieslewicz, Shane (Cabrina) and Tyler Skillen, Max, Finn and Connor Skillen, Peter, Andrea, Carolynn and Shaun Carpenter, Stephanie and David Nairn, Jocelyn and Kyle O'Keeffe.
Great-grandmother to Mark, Janet and Ada Ceislewicz and Ryder, Chase and Bodie Skillen.
Born in Montreal on December 22, 1921 she grew up in St. Laurent, Quebec. During the war she worked in Arvida Quebec at Alcan Aluminum. After her children were off to school she was the school secretary at Twin Oaks Elementary school in Fabreville, Quebec. She moved to the Kitchener area in 1972 and eventually joined the Kitchener/Waterloo Record newspaper as a tour guide. Pat moved to Toronto in 1977 to take the position of Dean of Women at Havergal College where she was a mother-away-from home to many fine young girls. In her retirement years she was active in St. Elizabeth Village on many committees and doing good work for those in need.
Pat had many talents beyond her organizational skills. She enjoyed painting beautiful pictures of birds, playing the piano, writing poetry and making Jokum sock monkeys for not only her grand and great-grandchildren but many others as well.
Pat brought her sense of style and good humour to every occasion. She will be missed and remembered with love by all who knew her. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 12 at 2 p.m. in the chapel at St Elizabeth's Villa, 391 Rymal Road, Hamilton, Ontario.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hamilton General Hospital where the care she received in the Cardiac Unit was friendly and compassionate
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