Gayle Hoffman O'Keefe
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Gayle Hoffman O'Keefe
  • October 27, 1940 - April 3, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Gayle Hoffman O'Keefe, 76, died April 3, 2017 at Rex Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Throughout her life Gayle was a devoted mother of six daughters with her late husband Paul Hoffman. She found love for the second time in 2005 with Jack O'Keefe, and at that time her family doubled.

Gayle was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, but has called Raleigh home for the past 30 years. Gayle volunteered much of her time at St. Francis of Assisi. She loved cooking, loved laughing, and never met a stranger. Gayle always faced the challenges in her life head on, with a strong faith and a positive outlook.

Gayle O'Keefe is preceded in death by her sister Linda [Howard] Flier of Anderson, SC. Gayle O'Keefe is survived by her husband Jack O'Keefe, her sister Donna [Ralph] Eckert, and her six daughters; Kelly [David] Talbot of Colorado Springs, CO, Lori [Ernie] Johnson of Pine Knoll Shores, NC, Tracy [Walt] Grace of Phoenix, AZ, Paula [Tim] Pastushin of sailing vessel Hooligan, Jenny [Larry Stilgenbauer] Thomas of Anthem, AZ, and Stephanie [Mark] Helms of Raleigh, NC. She is also survived by her six step children; Julie [Rod Torr] O'Keefe of Owings, MD, Kathy [Steve] Brennan of Rocky Hill, CT, John [Maria] O'Keefe of Aquebogue, NY, Suzanne [John Meder] O'Keefe of Raleigh, NC, Jacquelin O'Keefe of Colchester, CT, and Thomas [Katherine Messer] O'Keefe of Brooklyn, NY. Gayle is also survived by her 22 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, April 6 at 12 Noon at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (11401 Leesville Road in Raleigh). A Memorial Mass will be held at 1 pm, with inurnment to follow at the church columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity.