Maureen Dorothy Kenny

Maureen Dorothy Kenny

October 1, 1933 – August 24, 2019

Born in New York City, Maureen was the oldest child of Grace and James Kenny. After moving several times during World War II, the family settled in Belle Harbor, NY, where Maureen completed grammar school and high school. In 1955, she graduated from the College of Mount St. Vincent with a BS in Nursing.

Her early years as a nurse were spent in pediatrics at Kings County Hospital (Brooklyn), DC General Hospital, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children (Dublin), Arlington Hospital, and the former Junior Village. 

It was during her years at Our Lady’s Hospital that she connected with family members in Ireland, who opened their homes and hearts to her, building bridges across the generations and across the sea. 

Maureen served as a public health nurse in the Peace Corps (India 21) from 1965 to 1966. In the early 1970s she became a nurse practitioner at the District of Columbia’s Alcohol Rehabilitation Center in Lorton, VA.  

Throughout all her years as a nurse, she cared for her patients with compassion, care, intelligence, and conscientiousness. She volunteered her time with several different causes throughout the Washington area, including the Zacchaeus Clinic.

She extended that same sense of caring to her family as well, lending her comforting presence to all generations in times of need. She attended every graduation, funeral, wedding, and baptism she possibly could. She regaled us with superbly told family stories. 

On Monday, September 9 at 10 AM, there will be a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 3305 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church VA 22041. Inurnment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla NY to follow. There will also be a memorial service at the Goodwin House, Bailey’s Crossroads, on Sunday November 10 at 3 PM. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent for Parkinson’s research at the Michael J. Fox Foundation at https://www.michaeljfox.org/our-promise (or by phone 1-800-708-7644).

Tijara, India 1966 taken by Bill Huth


6 Responses to Maureen Dorothy Kenny

  1. Diane Hiebert says:

    Maureen was a special woman who cared for many. I will always remember her sense of humor and kind nature. May God hold her in the palm of his hand. Diane Hiebert and family.

  2. Gail Cicerini says:

    Dear Kathy, I am so sorry to hear this news. She was a wonderful and inspiring woman. My drawing of St. Mary’s in Old Town continues to be one of my “inherited” treasures.
    Love to you!
    Gail Mason C

  3. Patti Messler Cafarella says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of her, for you, the family & all of the many whose lives she touched

  4. Cara Heard says:

    Kathy-
    I’m saddened to hear about the loss of your sister! I felt like I knew her w/ all the stories you told me about her!

    Love & Peace to all your family & friends.
    Cara Heard

  5. Paddy Kenny & family, Wexford, Ireland. says:

    Dear Kathy,
    We are fondly remembering Maureen our beloved cousin. We remember you both came into our lives in the 60s in Ireland and the meeting of yours and our parents in Aharney. We also had the great pleasure of Maureen’s attendance at our daughter’s wedding in Wexford in May 2001. Maureen’s interest in Ireland and family history was special. So sadly missed. Thank you Kathy for assembling this tribute to Maureen.

  6. Joan B Smith says:

    I am saddened to hear about your family’s tremendous loss of Maureen. It was such a privilege to share many good memories with her which I hope we all will hold dear in our hearts now. May we never forget her ability to connect with others in such a loving way. Sincerely, Joan Bishop Smith

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