In Memory of Margaret Keane


From L to R: Jenna Kramer (Luanne’s daughter, volunteer and election worker), Luanne Alexander (office volunteer 5 days a week, Alternate Judge for Elections, indispensable), Cecile Richards (keynote speaker, head of PPFA, and Ann Richards’ daughter) Mary Margaret Keane, Barb Walters

Mary Margaret Keane passed away suddenly Monday morning at the home she shared with her son, Charles, in Plano. “Margaret,” as she was known to friends and fellow volunteers at Collin County Democratic Party Headquarters, was a lifelong Democrat who advocated passionately for equality for everyone.

The daughter of an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York, Margaret grew up in Binghamton, where she graduated from the State University of New York.  As a student during the 1960s, she participated in protest movements and has been active in progressive politics ever since.

Margaret chaired Precinct 176 in Plano, one that turned “Blue” this cycle. She also served as an alternate election judge during the recent election, and was known as being “extremely fair and hardworking” by co-workers on both sides of the aisle. “She was the perfect volunteer,” said Barb Walters, Vice Chair, CCDP. “In addition to working in the office two days a week, she revised our office procedure manual and also persuaded Cecile Richards, Director of Planned Parenthood and Ann Richards’ daughter, to speak at our annual fundraiser, the Ann Richards Dinner, held in May.

She was also a children’s advocate for CASA and a volunteer with Planned Parenthood.

“She was a great friend, a caring grandmother and a genuinely good person,” Walters concluded.   “All of us are shocked and saddened that she has been taken from us so soon. We will definitely miss her.”

The following is the Obituary created by CCDP Rally staff:

Mary “Margaret” Keane passed away suddenly Monday, November28, 2016, at her home, 6400 Windcrest Dr. #1414, Plano 75024. The daughter of an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York, she grew up in Binghamton and received her bachelor’s from SUNY. She worked as a lab tech at Norwalk Hospital for 30 years before moving to Plano.

Keane was a lifelong Democrat and became active in local party politics after moving to Plano in 2011.   She chaired Collin County Precinct 176, which turned “Blue” in November, worked as an alternate election judge, and helped stage the annual Ann Richards Dinner in addition to working in the CCDP office. She was also a children’s advocate with CASA and a volunteer for Planned Parenthood.

Coworkers, both Republicans and Democrats characterized her as “… So fair…always making sure everyone had equal rights and treatment…dedicated, outgoing, great friend, caring grandmother and genuinely good person.”

Margaret is survived by her son, Charles, and grandson, Christopher James of the home, Plano.   The family asks that donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to CASA, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. Memorial services are pending and will be announced later.