Mercedes Josephine Yzaguirre Keefe

Mercedes Josephine Yzaguirre Keefe

October 12, 1928 - January 31, 2019

Mercy Y. Keefe, 90, of Laredo, Texas; Killeen, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; and Arlington, Texas passed peacefully to her reward surrounded by family. A beautiful, faithful, fun, generous, kind woman, she was encircled in love and prayer as she passed into the arms of angels.

Services were held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 5819 W. Pleasant Ridge Rd, Arlington, TX 76016. Rosary 7 p.m. Sunday, 2/3/19. Funeral Mass 2/4/19. 11 a.m. Monday with reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations to the church or Tarrant County Meals on Wheels are appreciated.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her beloved Grandmother Mimi, her daughter Peggy and her husband John Michael Keefe, Jr.  She is survived by her children and their families: Susan & Mike Baumann, Michael Roy, Alice, Madeline and Jonathon, Blake, Kim, Leslie, Winter, Mikayla and Mikhael, Riley, Jackson and Scarlett; Karen Keefe; Debby Butler, Jeannadele, Rich, Evie and Elli; Claire Keefe & Bill Blackburn; Mercy & Charlie Terry, Michael David, Eric, Cameron, Alivia, Jonathon, Kevin, Mandy and Katie; Michael & Debbie Keefe, Peggy, Roger, Aidan, Isabel; Kelly, Tommy and Jennifer; Theresa Keefe & Keith Koski; Pinky & Ken Jackson, Kenny, Victoria and Gabe; and Becky & Peter Mireles, Hayden and Joanna; her dear nephew Chris Perry, darling niece Nancy Perry; and adored adopted daughter Belinda Moore.

Mercy was born October 12, 1928 in Houston, Texas to Inez Fideles Blake and Enrique Pedro Yzaguirre.  She grew up in Laredo, Texas, and attended Ursuline Academy in Laredo and then went to Incarnate Word College in San Antonio.  She later worked at Centel Telephone Company in Killeen for many years.  She was a self-taught artist, with a special talent for sketches, watercolor and acrylic. Mercy won several local awards for her drawings and paintings.  She was also an accomplished baker, as anyone who tried her pecan pies and cookies can attest.  She was very active in the Catholic church with the Altar Society and various committees.  She also participated in several charities such as Soup Kitchen in Killeen and Mission Arlington.  

A joy to be in her presence, she always brought her clever sense of humor wherever she went and to whomever she encountered.  She will be genuinely missed by her loving family and friends.  An endearing and wonderful treasure has left to watch over us all.

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