Keough- Edith Josephine, most recently of Sayville, NY,
passed away peacefully on June 8, 2018 at the age of 97.
“Edie” (Daly) was born December 16, 1920 in Dorcester,
Mass., one of ten children to Josephine and Frank Daly. In
1948, she met and wed the love of her life, Brooklyn-born
Gerard Keough (a lieutenant with the NYFD), who
predeceased her in 1988. Their 40 years of married life were
spent in Plainview, where they happily and proudly raised
their six children. Edie spent many years as a part-time
library aide in the Plainview elementary school system;
balancing her job with church activities and volunteerism.
Yet, she was always happiest and most fulfilled being at
home with her family ! The greatest gift Mom ever gave her children was making them feel like they were the most special and unique
creatures on this earth. The good fortune of having a “stay at
home mom” in those days was just knowing that when you
walked through the front door at the end of a tough school
day, you’d inevitably be met with a melodius song coming
from the kitchen, the delicious smell of a chocolate cake
baking in the oven and the feelings of peace and security as
you melted into Mom’s welcoming embrace.
Edie was a prolific letter writer, and what would be described
in today’s terms as an incessant blogger. Anywhere in her
home you could always spy some personal notes, favorite
prayers, popular sayings, childhood tales. Today, her children
(and grandchildren) have amassed composition books and
diaries filled from cover to cover with “reminiscings from
Mom.” Besides regularly sending out lengthy letters and cards to a
huge circle of family and friends, Edie also loved to bake (her
pound cake and Irish Soda Bread were most noteworthy), and
also crochet afghans. She enjoyed creating beautiful blankets
not just for family, but also for anyone whom she heard may
be going through tough times.
Edie (Mom) leaves behind her six adoring children and their
spouses: Jerry (MaryEllen), Maureen McLaughlin (Bob), Tim
(Sally), Karen Doane (James), Joanne Savastano (Mike), Bill
(Laura); fifteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren;
three brothers, Jack, Leo and Arthur, and many nieces and
nephews. Family, friends and others whose lives Edie touched are
invited to the Branch Funeral Home, 190 East Main
St, Smithtown Sunday 2-4 & 7-9 PM to reminisce, and mostly
celebrate the life of this most wonderful lady!
Funeral mass to be held at St. Patrick's R.C. Church, Monday at 10:30 AM. Private burial. In lieu of flowers, donations to St Jude Children’s Hospital would be greatly appreciated.
In remembrance and honor of our dear mom, the family asks
that you spend time with your children, treasure your
friendships, sing a song, write a letter, bake a cake, revel in
nature or perhaps even try your hand at making an afghan!
Celebrate the simple pleasures in life- this is what Edie
(Mom, Gram, Gigi) would most wish for you!