MARYKNOLL, NY-Sister Eleanor Keeney died on Nov. 29, 2013, at Phelps Memorial Hospital, Sleepy Hollow, NY after a fall at Maryknoll, NY. She was 90 years old and celebrated 65 years as a Maryknoll Sister on September 4 of this year.
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She made her First Profession of Vows on March 7, 1951 at the Maryknoll Sisters Motherhouse Ossining, NY, and was assigned to Kandy Government Hospital in Ceylon, (now Sri Lanka), where she served as nurse and Asst. Director of Nurses until 1959. She made her Final Profession of Vows on March 7, 1954. In 1959, Sister Eleanor moved to Kundasale, Ceylon, to the Maternity Hospital and parish work. In 1962, the government expelled all foreigners and she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center where she served in the Infirmary until 1967 when she was assigned to Northeast Thailand where she operated a mobile medical clinic until 1969. It was then that she was called back to be the Director of Nurses and Health Coordinator at Bethany House, which was the Maryknoll Sisters nursing facility in Ossining, NY at that time.
In 1983, Sister Eleanor was assigned to Zimbabwe as Director of Nurses and Administrator at St. Albert's Mission Hospital. In 1987, she moved to Gweru, Zimbabwe to care for the terminally ill in Pastoral Home Nursing and Hospice work and as a volunteer for Red Cross nurses.
From 1997 to 2007, Sister Eleanor volunteered her services in Hendersonville, NC at the Pardee Health Care Center and served on the Council for the Aging at the Sammy Williams Nutrition Center, was a Senior Companion and prepared food for Bounty at Bethlehem each year.
In 2009, Sister Eleanor returned to Maryknoll, NY.
Published in The Times-News on Dec. 10, 2013