Aston, PA—Sister Mary Kenny, OSF, (84) (formerly Sister Anne Margaret) died in St. Ann Convent, Tacoma, on December 16. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 63 years. Sister Mary was born in Dublin, Ireland, entered the congregation in 1947, and professed her first vows in 1950. She earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande in 1974. Although Sister Mary began her years in ministry in the Diocese of San Bernardino teaching at St Edward School in Corona (1950-1954), she ministered primarily in healthcare, first as a medical records librarian and later as a chaplain.
Sister Mary ministered for 22 years in the Diocese of Baker. She served at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker from 1954-1962 and again from 1963-1968. She worked at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton (1974-1978, 1979-1981) and at St. Joseph Hospital in La Grande (1968-1971).
Sister Mary’s 15 years in the Diocese of Los Angeles included serving as a chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank (1981-1996). In the Archdiocese of Portland, she ministered at Mercy Rehab and Care Center in Roseburg (1998-2003). She also ministered for 11 years in the Archdiocese of Seattle where she worked at St. Joseph Hospital from 1962-1963 and volunteered at St. Ann Convent from 2003-2013.
All services will be held in St. Ann Convent, 6602 S. Alaska Street, Tacoma. The vigil will be at 6 P.M. on Thursday, December 19. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, December 20, at 11:30 A.M. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery Sister Mary is survived by nieces and nephews and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.