Kathleen McKeague

Kathleen, 67, died on October 26, 2018 in Ochsner's North Shore hospital in Slidell, Louisiana, after complications resulting from a lengthy illness with primary progressive multiple sclerosis extending over ten years.

Kathleen was born on September 20, 1951, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but soon after accompanied her parents to live in Hamburg, Germany where her Dad assisted the government in rebuilding the refineries destroyed in the war.

As a career chemical engineer with Exxon, he took his wife, son, and daughter on similar assignments over a dozen year period to Frankfurt, The Hague, and Rome. Kathleen and her family returned to the United States permanently in 1965 to Morristown, New Jersey.

Upon completion of her secondary education, Kathleen entered Seton Hall University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

She then transferred to the prestigious Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She finished her formal education at Tulane University in New Orleans earning a Master's Degree in Art Education.

She embarked on a career in the arts, opening her own pottery studio in New Orleans.

After realizing that although pottery was her passion but perhaps not an enriching occupation, she began a successful career in banking that spanned over thirty years.

She worked for a variety of institutions over the years, including First National Bank of Commerce in New Orleans, Louisiana, Hibernia National Bank (twice, in New Orleans and then Baton Rouge, Louisiana), American Bank and Trust in Lafayette, Louisiana, served as an independent consultant to a number of smaller community banks in southern Louisiana, then Norwest Mortgage in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Unions Planters Bank in Biloxi, Mississippi, and finally, a ten year employment with Hancock Bank in Gulfport, Mississippi, until forced to retire on disability in 2007 due to her worsening condition. In her working career, Kathleen became valued as an expert on the entire lending function in commercial and mortgage institutions.

Her knowledge of financial statements and loan risk analysis was extraordinary, and her ability to work long hours with focus and determination was admired.

She capped her career off shortly before her retirement with Hancock Bank by coordinating a two year project of rewriting the entire loan procedures for the bank.

Kathleen is preceded in death by her beloved father, W. Douglas McKeague.

She is survived by her Mother, Dorrit W. McKeague of Tustin, California, her brother, W. Douglas McKeague, Jr. of Mission Viejo, California, a niece, Ashley E. McKeague of San Diego, California, and her loving husband of twenty five years, L. Brent Moseley of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Brent and Kathleen met in 1989 while both employees of Hibernia National Bank in Baton Rouge.

They married in April, 1993, in Baton Rouge, and then decided to relocate to Pass Christian, Mississippi in 1996 where they had maintained an apartment for several years.

From the outset of their relationship, they had wonderful scuba diving adventures (a shared hobby) in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico with dear friends, and memorable skiing trips to the majestic Rocky Mountains. Kathleen was able to resume her passion of pottery as a master potter, exhibiting her pieces in a local gallery.

They traveled to favored locales, especially to California every year to visit her parents with side trips to the wine country and coast in the northern part of the state. They moved into their forever home in 1995 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, next to the Bay of Saint Louis.

It featured magnificent oak trees and an outbuilding converted to a pottery studio where Kathleen joyfully labored. She also loved attending to the flowers and plants and an added treat was anxiously awaiting the annual migration of exotic birds that provided her and her husband many happy hours. She also was an excellent cook, and loved to entertain their friends and family.

But, Hurricane Katrina dashed their dreams of that wonderful place, and after returning from relocations after the storm in Biloxi, Mississippi, she and Brent moved to Old Town, Bay St. Louis, where she resided until her death. Kathleen was a special person, a wonderful wife and companion. She was incredibility bright, adventuresome, compassionate, and beloved by those who she knew as friends.

Special thanks to Dr. Rowe Crowder of Bay St. Louis, who cared for her in the latter part of her life and was very diligent in seeing that she received specialized care at Ochsner's in Louisiana when needed.

Her caregivers over the years developed a special relationship with her, and grew to genuinely love her as a dear friend. Heartfelt thanks to Mary Willis, Janice Shaw, Patsey Cuevas, Stephanie Thomas, Trish Lyons, Chrystal Labat, Melissa Norman, and Donna Bond.

Visitation will be at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Bay St. Louis from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon all on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Repass will be following the service at the Bay Waveland Yacht Club.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers should be made to the Alabama Mississippi Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 220 Woodcrest Place, Suite 230, Birmingham, Alabama 35209.

Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, MS is in charge of the arrangements.

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