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Mary Lou McKeon

Mary Lou McKeon

March 1, 1934 - April 17, 2019     Age: 85

Mary Lou McKeon, age 85 of Fernandina Beach, Florida passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Osprey Village.

Born in Macksburg, Iowa, she was one of three children born to the late Ova G. Wallace and Mary Oreen Eyerly.  Mary Lou grew up on a farm in Iowa and graduated from Macksburg High School where she played basketball.  For most of her life she worked as a secretary for the military in different parts of the United States and abroad.  In recent years, Mary Lou lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado before settling in Fernandina Beach to be closer to her granddaughter Christina. 

She was known as a very sweet and kind person yet independent and strong willed.  She enjoyed attending her great-grandson’s baseball games even in the hot summer months.  Mary Lou had an impressive Hummingbird collection and she loved to crochet Christmas stockings, doilies and afghans to give as gifts to her loved ones.  She enjoyed watching NASCAR, Denver Broncos Football, going to the beach and fresh water fishing at Farish Lake with her husband when she lived in Colorado.  Mary Lou’s can-do independent spirit gained her the title of ‘Rock Star” at Anytime Fitness where she worked out 3 days a week.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Melvin Wallace, Gene Wallace; husband, Daniel J. McKeon and former husband, James V. Dolson.

She leaves behind her children, Gayle Evans of Westfield, Indiana, Lori Dolson of Glendale, Arizona, David Dolson and his wife Cathy of Villa Rica, Georgia; grandchildren, Christina McLaughlin and her husband Clint of Yulee, Florida, Bryan Evans and his wife Rachel of Westfield, Indiana, Amanda Sullivan and her husband Michael of Rockmart, Georgia, Neal Evans and his wife Jill Van Gee of Sunnyvale, California, Lisa Dolson and her husband Jonas Köhne of Berlin, Germany, Leslie Hill and her husband Chris of Westfield, Indiana, Ryan Dolson of Temple, Georgia; great-grand children, Dylan King, Caroline Evans, Jake Hill, Kennedy Howard, Alexandra Hill, Luke Sullivan, Kaelyn Dolson and Eleanor Köhne.

Services to remember her life will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Osprey Village Retreat on Amelia Island, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Community Hospice of N.E. Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257

9 Condolences

  • Carl and Barbara Posted April 19, 2019 7:04 am

    Dearest Family, my wife and I knew ML (Mary Lou) from the gym. We always were impressed by her abilities in the class. Our friendship began there and has lasted over the years. She was admired and loved, a true lady.

  • Neil and Lisa Sloan Posted April 19, 2019 1:33 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. The family is in our thoughts and prayers

  • Charlotte Jacobs Posted April 19, 2019 1:48 pm

    Mary Lou was a dear friend and we spent some good times together. Jake and I missed her after she moved to Fl. She is missed by many. Condolences to her family.

  • Richard Allan Eyerly Posted April 19, 2019 2:31 pm

    I am sorry for your loss, and I’m sorry I didn’t get to know my 2nd cousin. We corresponded a few times regarding an Eyerly Family Reunion that she planned to attend. However, she had to cancel her reunion attendance. That may have been around the time of the move to Florida.

  • Kay (Ross) Sanders Posted April 19, 2019 3:00 pm

    Mary Lou was like a second mom to me and I will miss her dearly. I will cherish the memories we have and think fondly of her often.

  • Sandy and Don Guillaume Posted April 21, 2019 4:43 am

    Many years of great memories we shared with this beautiful lady. Always smiling, even when things were going poorly. Always a positive outlook.
    Dance with the Angels M’Lou, they will love you as much as we all did.
    Rest In Peace sweet lady.

  • Gail Anderson Guenther Posted April 21, 2019 11:29 am

    We met Mary Lou at the Retreat at Osprey Village. She sat at the same table as our mother, Betty Guenther, for meals. Betty quickly became friends with Mary Lou who she said looked out for her. We only knew her for a short while, but long enough to know what a special person she was. We will miss her. Prayers for her family. Bill , Gail, and her special friend, Betty Guenther

  • Jackie Rushton Posted April 23, 2019 10:22 am

    So Sorry to hear of the loss of Ms. Mary, she was always so kind. My Condolences to her family.

  • Pamela, Campbell and Max Fisher Posted April 25, 2019 10:28 am

    Mary Lou, our dear neighbor and best friend, never a day passed that I missed going to see her. We shared many a supper and a great deal of secrets.
    We will remember you forever and a day. May the angles take care of you till we meet
    again.

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