Lois E. Kenny (1920 - 2017)

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Lois E. Kenny, 97, passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 31, 2017. Born to Dr. Roy and Hazel Leidigh of Marion, Iowa, Lois graduated from Marion High School and Mount Mercy Business College. She met Harold Kenny upon his discharge after his World War II Army service in the Aleutian Islands and the Germany campaigns. They married in June 1947 and drove the Alcan Highway on their honeymoon, planning to stay in Anchorage, Alaska, for two years. That stay turned into 70 years. Lois, a stay-at-home mom, worked part time at Anchorage Printing. After the '64 Earthquake, she returned to work full time. She held various secretarial jobs in the Anchorage School District before retiring in 1984.
Lois served on the National Senior Service Corp Board, supported the Salvation Army Auxiliary and the Senior Center, sang in the Russian Heritage Choir, and was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star and Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo 4. She was a valued 70-year-member of the PEO Sisterhood and a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir for 50 years.
Love of travel took her throughout the world. An avid reader, Lois sewed, knitted, did arts and crafts and attended plays. Lois saw the good in everyone. She was a preeminent letter writer and loved sending cards for all occasions. She loved family and was thrilled when she became a grandmother. She is greatly missed.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sister, Jean Quaas; and nephews, David and Mike Quaas. She is survived by daughters, Jackie VanDaff (Phil) of Anchorage and Betty Jo Johnston of Fargo; granddaughters, Karen VanDaff of Long Beach, Calif., and Dyann Urish (Max) of Anchorage; her cousins, Phil and Don Kahler; and nieces and nephews, Pat Havey, Scott and Karl Quaas and Pat Bolles.
A memorial service will be held on Feb. 10, 2018, at 2 in the afternoon, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 12310 Lorraine Street in Anchorage. Donations can be made to the PEO Foundation, Lois Kenny Fund, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312; or Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements were with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 4, 2018
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