Keating, Margaret

October 19, 2006

On October 10, 2006, MARGARET KEATING, 86, former fashion distributor and actress, who survived the bombing during the Blitz in London, died of pneumonia and complications from Alzheimer's disease at the Keswick Multi-Care Center. Margaret Keating, (nee Shevlin), was born in Monasterboice Co. Louth, Eire. She left school at age 14 and spent three years as a farm laborer to earn her passage to London where she moved in 1937. She worked as a conductress on double-decker buses in London. In 1941, she married Charles James Keating, who predeceased her in 2000. On one occasion while caring for her two sons, Charles Patrick Keating and Anton J. S. Keating, a German bomb demolished 100 homes on three streets. "Peg," as she was known, was sitting in her third floor apartment and when the blast caved in the roof sending sections of concrete through her apartment and impregnating the walls above the cots with glass. She and her family miraculously escaped injury. Margaret Keating emigrated with her family to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, where they lived for five years. They then immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, where she became a fashion distributor for Sarah Fredericks and began her theatrical career. In 1973, she moved to Coral Springs, Florida, where she worked on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach and appeared on television and radio commercials and as an extra in films, including Caddyshack and Rumpole of the Bailey. In 1995, she moved to Baltimore with her husband to live with their son, Anton. She suffered from Alzheimer's disease for eight years. In addition to her sons, she is survived by four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren . No services are planned.

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