Mary Paxton Keeley
Mary Paxton Keeley

Mary Paxton Keeley

Hello, I am Mary Paxton Keeley. I am famous for journalism and teaching. I served as mentor, teacher, and friend to students. I was born in 1886 in Independence, Missouri. I didn't go to college right away, but decided to go into journalism. I was the first woman admitted to the Missouri School of Journalism. On one assignment I had to interview a bear mascot so I had to translate the bears conversation. After I graduated I worked for the Kansas City Star newspaper as their first woman reporter. When I became older I married Edmund Keeley and had a son named John Gallatin Paxton Keeley. My husband died, leaving me to raise my son. I became a journalism and creative writing teacher at Christian College in Columbia, Missouri. One of my awards is an Alumni Citation award along with many others. I also painted, rode bikes, published poetry, plays, and stories. I am now deceased. I passed away at the age of 100. Remember me as a woman who lead the way for women in journalism and for living a remarkable life.

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