Obituary: Mary A. “May” (Kearns) Keating

Mrs. Mary A. “May” (Kearns) Keating
October 04, 2013
Mrs. Mary A. “May” (Kearns) Keating, beloved wife of James F. “Buddy” Keating, died suddenly in Falmouth on Friday, October 4, 2013. A resident of Andover since 1979, and former resident of Charlestown, she died at the age of 71.

Born in Brighton, Massachusetts, on January 1, 1942, beloved daughter of the late William J. and Emma C. (Ceppi) Kearns. Mary was a graduate of Sacramento State University and the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1962. She was employed as a Registered Nurse at the Boston City Hospital for over 10 years, where she taught practical nursing and later became supervisor of their radiology department. Mary was also employed as an Registered Nurse at the Delaware State University, while residing with her family at Dover Air Force Base. In addition, she was employed as a Registered Nurse at various locations across the country throughout the tenure of her husband’s enrollment in the United States Air Force. In her spare time, Mary enjoyed reading, traveling, and going to the beach. She loved animals and enjoyed spending time with the elderly, especially those who were residents of nursing homes, and was a volunteer at the former Phillips Andover Nursing Home in Andover.

Along with her beloved husband, Buddy, May will be deeply missed by her loving daughters: Jacqueline M. “Jackie” Keating of Londonderry, New Hampshire and Heather C. Keating of Andover, brother; William F. “Billy” Kearns of Arizona and by her many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also the loving mother of the late James F. “Jay” Keating and sister of the late Patricia M. (Kearns) Ransom and Christina M. “Chrissy” Kearns.

Her funeral was celebrated in St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover, Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 10 AM. Many relatives and friends were in attendance. Calling hours were held in the Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 North Main Street, Andover, Wednesday, October 9, 2013, from 4 to 8 PM. Interment was held in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover.

Donations in May’s memory may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: ASPCA, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC, 20090- 6929.

For additional information, please visit,

“Mrs. Mary A. “May” (Kearns) Keating.” Burke-Magliozz Funeral Home, October 2013, Accessed 27 May 2024.

See also husband, “James F. “Buddy” Keating” at

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