Keegan, Eleanore Louise
Birth: Sunday, April 06, 1930 in Washington, D.C.
Residence: Avenue, Maryland
Death: Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the age of 89
Laid to Rest: Saturday, January 18, 2020 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, Bushwood, Maryland
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Eleanore Louise Wilkinson Keegan ("Louise"), 89, of Avenue, MD passed away at Riderwood Village on January 11, 2020, with her family by her side. Born on April 6, 1930 in Washington, D.C. she was the daughter of the late George Albert Wilkinson and Lillian Grace Hayden Wilkinson.
Louise lived for significant periods in Washington, DC, the Maryland suburbs, and St. Mary's County. She married her beloved husband, Richard Joseph Keegan on January 10, 1953 in Washington, D.C. They were married for 35 years. They loved hosting family and friends for any occasion, especially their legendary Thanksgiving dinners!
After raising five children, Louise worked for the Archdiocese of Washington, both as a teacher and principal until her retirement in 1993 after 20 years of service. She taught at St. Martin's Elementary and St. Mark's Elementary School, where she ultimately became principal. She later served as Assistant Principal at Immaculata College High School. She had a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry and a Master's Degree in Education.
Louise was a member of Holy Angels parish in Avenue and was very involved, including as a Eucharistic Minister. She not only loved teaching and mentoring, she enjoyed traveling, especially to France, where she had many good friends. Louise loved the house she designed and had built on St. Clement's Bay, and spending time there with her family and friends.
She is survived by her children Sarah Keegan (Joel), Richard "Rick" Keegan (Trish), James Keegan (Achsah), Mary Catherine Keegan-Ayer (Brent), and Elizabeth Bailor (Tom). She also leaves behind her two sisters Joan Craft (Gary) and Susan Burgoyne (Jerry), and her brother Reverend George Wilkinson, Jr. "Buddy". She also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren along with many extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Richard "Dick" Keegan, her parents George and Lillian Wilkinson, two children, Brigid Keegan and John Keegan, and her sisters-in-law Mary Anne Wilkinson and Mary Louise Keegan.
Her family will receive family and friends for a Life Celebration Visitation on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with prayers beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20610. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 23080 Maddox Road, Bushwood, MD 20618. Interment will immediately follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Alzheimers Association, Holy Angels Parish, or St. Anselm's Abbey Monastery. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.