Maura Larkin O’Keefe Galloup

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Maura Larkin O’Keefe Galloup peacefully passed on March 2nd in Overland Park, KS at the age of 78. She was born on March 31st, 1942 to Charles and Lucille Larkin in Leavenworth, KS. Maura married Terence (“Terry”) Dingess O’Keefe on July 28, 1962 in Atchison, KS. Maura and Terry were happily married for 17 years and had four children. Following Terry’s death in 1979, Maura married Eugene (“Gene”) Looker Galloup, Jr. in 1986. Maura and Gene were happily married for over 30 years until Gene’s passing on August 10, 2018. Maura was also proceeded in death by her daughter Bridget Dolan O’Keefe who passed from our world on September 6, 2018.

Maura is survived by three children from her first marriage and their families; daughter Tracey O’Keefe Hopper and her children Bailey Hopper and Stephen Hopper; son Larkin O’Keefe, his wife Kristi and their children Kate O’Keefe, Matt O’Keefe and Molly O’Keefe; son Dan O’Keefe, his wife Deidra and their children Darrian O’Keefe, Dolan O’Keefe and Dylan O’Keefe. Maura is also survived by her two sisters and their families: Cheryl and John Mize of Atchison, KS and Charla and Jerry Reilly of Leavenworth, KS.  

Maura lived a life full, including periods of happiness and strife. She will be forever remembered and forever missed.

Service

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 5th at Cure of Ars Church in Leawood, Kansas.

8 Comments

  1. Julie O’Gara on March 31, 2021 at 5:24 am

    I remembered today was Maura’s birthday, so I googled her and see she passed . We were close friends while living in Wichita. We did manage to see her on some trips from Madison to TX. I have so many fond memories of Maura and Terry. She had a great sense of humor and was always so kind, positive, and thoughtful. So sorry for your loss.

  2. Kristen Allison on March 30, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Larkin!
    Its been soo many years! But I remember your mom very well! Armour was a great street with lots of neighbors and love we all grew up with. My older cousins next to you, the Stamps and of course Jacks cool Jaguar! But your mom was ALWAYS smiling and received any of us kids in and out!! You and Tracy (And God rest her soul Bridget), I remember so well took after your mom’s smile MEMORY ETERNAL!! TAKE CARE FRIENDS!
    HUGS… Kristen (Farha) Allison

  3. Erin (Scanlon) Dart on March 8, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Maura was a good friend of my mother, D.J. Thinking of all the family at this time. I’ll always remember her for her smile and energy. The O’Keefe name lives on in our family too, I have to think it was probably inspired by yours. I’m sure there’s no lack of shenanigans in heaven, but all our parents sure are missed.

  4. Kerry McKelvy Wirth and McKelvy family on March 6, 2021 at 10:11 am

    From the McKelvy Family Kathleen, Colleen, Dolan, Maryleen and Kerry

    The McKelvy’s are thankful for all of the times with the O’Keefe’s. The discussions over a range of subjects are missed, and especially the laughter and joy. Some of you may remember Kathleen, Colleen and Kerry as your babysitters when you were in Atchison and staying up at the house on the top of the hill. Oh what wonderful memories.

    We are sure that Maura will continue to talk to you and blessings to you all and your families.

  5. Lars Stamp on March 4, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    So many great memories of Maura and Terry and all of the O’Keefes as next door neighbors on Armour; kickball, crawdad fishing and fun watching Danny go down the Laundry chute; Maura was a fun and “permissive” Mom and we were able to have some pretty raucous adventures until it was about time for Terry to get home. We were gently but firmly asked to go play outside or just be somewhere else as Maura and Terry enjoyed a peaceful glass of wine or two together in the living room, time together they both obviously treasured. It would have been hard to imagine a transition after Terry’s passing, but somehow “Gene Gene the Dancing Machine” came along many years later and was the kind of nice and laid back guy that the kids, friends and obviously Maura took a liking to. The Stoneridge house was a busy place and it took a very nice and laid back guy like Gene to take it all in stride. Plenty of soccer and kickball games in the back yard and later, other fun events for high school aged kids. Gene did not seem to mind doors opening and closing constantly and streams of different groups coming and going and Maura was about as kind and tolerant of a person through all of that as I could imagine. We will miss her amazing smile and remember fondly what a fun Mom she was to be around.

  6. Terry McDonald on March 4, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Tracey, Larkin and Danny, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom always had a smile on her face and it was always great to see her. Please know you are in our prayers and may eternal rest grant unto her. God Bless, Terry McDonald

    • Jacquie Nethercot on March 5, 2021 at 12:37 pm

      This obituary and Lars Stamps words so described and told of Maures life as it truly was. She was a special leprechaun and one I loved so much. My prayers go out to Larkin, Danny and Tracy.

  7. JERRY DREILING on March 3, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Tracy Larkin Danny and all of the O’Keefe family I have such fond memories of Mara she was such a wonderful person so kind always had that beautiful smile I will keep your family in my prayers,

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