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O’Keefe’s Fiftieth

Jerry and I flew into the Oakland airport on Wednesday, spent a couple of days with our friends the Robisons and now are in Oakley, Ca., where Friday night we were part of the beautiful celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of our very dear friends, Don and Abby O’Keefe. Jerry and I went to Bible school in Tulsa, Oklahoma with Abigail before any of us were ever married.

The church they pastor hosted this splendid event, which was exquisite, and tastefully done. Brownstone Gardens, a spread of more than three acres that is owned by one of the families in the church Rev. O’Keefe pastors, was the site of the festivities.

More than 150 persons joined to honor this exceptional couple who have given their lives to the ministry of Jesus Christ. They founded the United Pentecostal Church in Antioch, now pastor a church in Pittsburg, California, and for more than 25 years were missionaries to the continent of Africa. Rev. O’Keefe is currently the Foreign Missions director of the Western District of the UPCI.

In a light manner, Jerry presented the renewal of their vows, while two of their sons stood with them.

Fish swam in the centerpieces. (Problem loading pictures. Will post them later.)

Jerry and I are the designated chaperones for our friends who are celebrating their anniversary; Saturday we drove with them to Monterey, where last night for dinner Jimmy and Bobbie Shoemake joined us.

We’re staying at a very modest Howard Johnson motel, with a very immodest price. Out front their sign says free wireless internet. When, last night, I tried to get on and couldn’t, I called the front desk.

“Could you please tell me how to get on the internet.”

“Uh, are you bringing up Comfort Inn?”


“Well, their password is…… Just type that in. It’s good for both user name and password.”

“Excuse me. You don’t have internet service here?”

“Well, yes, we do, but it’s cable. You must use the cable.”

“…but your sign out front….”

“Oh, does it say that?”

Anyway, I’m using the internet from Comfort Inn well up the street, and I’ve been hours trying to load pictures, so I’m giving up. Check back later. 😦

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

5 replies on “O’Keefe’s Fiftieth”

Dear Sis Buxton,

Thanks so much for the nice things you’ve said about our property. We counted it an honour to host the 50th anniversary celebration for our Pastors Bro & Sis O’Keefe at our venue.

One thing though. You have such nice things to say about our property would you mind leaving us a comment on either or We would so much appreciate it. Anyone else who would like to do so as well can and we would appreciate it so much. We strive to make great parties happen and so when people are happy its nice to have their feedback on those sites for others to see.

Thanks and God Bless,
Kay-Kay Hines
Brownstone Gardens Manager

I definitely will go over and leave positive comments. We just arrived back home in Lake Havasu yesterday afternoon–lots of catch-up computer work to do.

I won’t have a problem voicing compliments for Brownstone Gardens. Your place is spectacular.


Virginia and I both send our best whishes and congratulations to Pastor and Sis. O’Keefe!

I have been in the same “Free Wireless” situation myself more than once. Better luck next time.


Just there for a few hours, so it was okay. The management were actually very sweet people.


First, wishing Bro & Sis O’Keefe a Happy 50th anniversary. And secondly, what a wonderful picture of pillars in God’s Kingdom – the Buxtons and the O’Keefes. God bless you all.

Karen, thank you for such a sweet and thoughtful comment.


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