Marlynn Ann (Fleck) O’Keefe, of Amarillo, TX was born on 17 December 1923 in Hobart, Lake County, Indiana.
She died at Ussery Roan, 1020 Tascosa Road, Amarillo, TX on March 31, 2020, after saying goodbye.
At age 19, she joined the U.S. Navy and became an aerial gunnery instructor. While in the service,
she met her future husband Paul D. O’Keefe of Antlers, Oklahoma. Their marriage lasted 56 years when Mr. O’Keefe passed away in July of 2001. The marriage produced four children, three of whom survive her. They are Paul Jeffrey O’Keefe of Sarasota, Florida, Dee Ann Cooper of Lumberton, Texas and Gail Antonucci of Amarillo, Texas with whom she made her home in the last years of her life. Another child, James William O’Keefe passed away in 1998.
She was a Real Estate Broker for 10 years in Northern Virginia. Later, she owned and was the broker of a real estate company in Fort Towson, Oklahoma.
She was instrumental in establishing the Choctaw County Oklahoma Genealogical Society and the Fort Towson Historical Society. She served eleven years as the President of the Historical Society. She was an avid genealogist who had traced her ancestors and those of her husband back to the 1600’s.
She initiated the project of restoring the chapel at the Fort Towson/Doaksville Cemetery in Fort Towson, Oklahoma. She was also instrumental in establishing the very fine museum in Fort Towson.
In addition to her efforts in the historical and genealogical areas, she wrote two books about the Choctaws, Chickasaws and the white man in Indian Territory. These books can be seen at the Hugo, Oklahoma library.
Her other interests were in archaeology and travel. She traveled to Egypt and many countries in Europe.
Other survivors include 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Private burial will be held at Fort Towson/Doaksville Cemetery at a future date. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.