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Dr. Beth Egan O'Keefe
August 27, 1945 ~ February 4, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Beth Egan O’Keefe, 78, passed away after a brief illness at her home on Hilton Head Island on February 4, 2024. She was surrounded by her children and their spouses.
Beth was born in Springfield, Illinois to James Michael Egan and Margaret Kuhn Ross McDevitt. An only child who was born later in the life of her parents, Beth was fiercely independent and adored by her parents, especially her devoted father.
Beth met her beloved husband and lifelong partner, Rip L. O’Keefe, at St. Louis University, where, as the only female graduate student in her program, she received a PhD in clinical psychology alongside her husband.
Beth and Rip moved to the Quad Cities of Iowa-Illinois in 1971, where they spent their entire professional lives. In the early 1980s, Beth founded Southpark Psychology, a large outpatient mental health facility in Moline, Illinois. Rip later joined Beth at Southpark Psychology, and together they ran the practice until 2013, when they sold the business and moved to Hilton Head Island. Beth and Rip had earlier spent many enjoyable Summers on the Island with their children, and spent many later years entertaining family there upon their return.
Beth was a voracious reader and fostered many intellectual pursuits over her lifetime, including a lifelong interest in history and genealogy. She travelled to Ireland on multiple occasions with family members to trace her genealogy back to the early 1800s. Beth had a unique and insightful sense of humor, and an infectious laugh that will be remembered fondly by those who knew her.
Beth and Rip loved animals and for nearly forty years lived on a “hobby farm” in Coal Valley, Illinois. Together they bred and showed Irish Setters under the “Vineyards” kennel name. Beth and Rip were especially proud of Ch. Vineyards Bad Boy who was the top winning Irish Setter and No. 4 Sporting Dog in the country in 2005. Bad Boy moved to Hilton Head with Beth and Rip.
Rip predeceased Beth in February 2022.
Beth is survived by her three children: Kelly (Nadim) Salfiti of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Casey O’Keefe (Katharina) of Mannheim, Germany; and Quinn O’Keefe (Nathan Erickson) of Bethesda, Maryland. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Serena Salfiti.