, Muskogee, OK


January 30, 2013

Lucy Turner Rooney

1929 - 2013

— Lucy Turner Rooney died on January 28, 2013 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Montereau Skilled Nursing. She was the widow of Laurence Francis Rooney, Jr. (Larry) of Muskogee, Oklahoma who preceded her in death in 1980. She was 83.

Born Lucy Turner in 1929 in Pensacola, Florida, she was the youngest of three children. She was a graduate of both Rosemont Jr. College and Georgetown Visitation, where she met her husband of 30 years, Larry Rooney. From there they settled in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1950 and had six children.

Lucy is survived by her six children, their spouses, 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild: Laurence Francis Rooney, III (Francis) and his wife, Kathleen, and their three children: Larry Rooney and his wife, Porscha, their son, Beckett Rooney, and Michael Rooney and Kathleen Rooney; Patrick Turner Rooney and his wife, Marianne, of Oklahoma City, and their three sons: Patrick Rooney and his wife, Patterson, Turner Rooney and Matthew Rooney; Timothy Peter Rooney and his wife, Mary, of Dallas and their four children: Franci Rooney, Timothy, Megan and Joseph Rooney of the home; Lucy Rooney Kapples and her husband, Jack Kapples, of Wellesley, Massachusetts and their five children all of the home: Eileen, Catherine, Lucy, John and Henry Kapples; James Harris Rooney, and his wife, Jennifer, of Alexandria, Virginia and their three children, Harris, Alexa and Connor, all of the home; and Rebecca Finch Rooney of Austin, Texas.

Passionate for both the fine and performing arts, Lucy was a long-time supporter of the Tulsa Philharmonic and Tulsa Opera as well as serving as a docent at the Philbrook and Gilcrease museums. She was also an avid horticulturalist and gardener. Lucy’s penchant for genealogy led her to an active role within the Daughter’s of the American Revolution (DAR). In addition, she was deeply devoted to her Catholic faith. She was involved in many Catholic organizations, including membership in the Knights of Malta and the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher. She was a supporter of St. Joseph parish and school in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She served on the board of Bacone College in Muskogee, and was active in the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, and St. Gregory’s in Shawnee. Her volunteerism with other Catholic and Christian causes included working with Meals on Wheels and setting up a library and reading program in prisons. Lucy was a devoted daughter, wife and mom and we will all miss her greatly.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to St. Joseph Catholic School, 321 N. Virginia, Muskogee, OK 74403 or the Tulsa Opera, 1610 S. Boulder Ave., Tulsa, OK 74119.

There will be a Rosary at 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Greenhill Cemetery.

Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home.  

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