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Ellen Mary Golden O’Keefe, age 78 of Whispering Pines passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 with her family by her side.

Ellen was born on May 16, 1940 in New York, New York to the late Patrick Golden and Bridget Daly Golden. She loved being a nurturing mother and grandmother. She was a parishioner at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church where she was a faithful servant and attended mass daily. Her family and friends will always remember her for reminding them, “Don’t worry, just put it in God’s hands.”. Ellen loved animals and animals loved her. She enjoyed Irish Music and Irish Dancing.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Donald O’Keefe of Whispering Pines, NC; four daughters: Ann Marie Jennings and husband Brian of Ridgefield, CT; Kathleen White and husband Tim of Whispering Pines, NC; Rosemary Phelan and husband Lenny of Floral Park, NY; Margaret Fabbri and husband Chris of Ipswich, MA. She is also survived by her two sons: Donald O’Keefe of Whispering Pines, NC and Thomas O’Keefe and wife Marianne of Succasunna, NJ; her sister, Ann Golden of Fresh Meadows, NY and 11 grandchildren: Clare Jennings, Nicholas Fabbri, Kaitlin Phelan, Mary Kathleen Jennings, Emily Jennings, Sean Phelan, Christian Fabbri, Francis Phelan, Bridget White, Timothy White and Madison O’Keefe and one great-granddaughter, Hailey Rose Kovacs.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Southern Pines with Msgr. Williams presiding. Rite of Committal will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Southern Pines. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines.

Memorial contributions may be made to FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374.

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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