Nancy L. McKenna
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October 2, 1952 - December 27, 2013
Nancy Louise McKenna passed away at home with her husband and sister at her side on Friday, December 27, 2013, at the age of 61, following an eight year courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
She was born in San Mateo, CA to Frank A. and Betty J. Diehl and raised in San Bruno, CA. She graduated from Oceana High School in Pacifica, CA in 1970, and for the next 17 years, worked as an Administrative Assistant at several large firms within the San Francisco Bay Area.
Nancy moved to Grand Junction in 1987, where she met Robert (Bob) McKenna. They married on October 15, 1988, and celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year.
She was employed by Agapito Associates, Inc. in Grand Junction as an Office Specialist from 1988 to 1997. In mid-1988, after completing the Leading Edge Business Course at the Business Incubator, Nancy embarked on a new venture and launched her company, Office Dynamics, assisting small start-up businesses in marketing, office space logistics and overall management and organization. She provided contract services to a wide range of clients, working extensively with the Business Incubator serving as Executive Secretary to the Director. Because of her failing health, Nancy dissolved her business in 2012.
When Nancy wasn't working you could find her in the garden or the kitchen, with her devoted dogs tagging along. She and her husband spent countless hours planting, nurturing and harvesting their annual garden, sharing their bounties with others. She was known for her exceptional "pickled beets". Nancy loved to cook and enjoyed experimenting with new recipes on family and friends who delighted in the end results. She was fondly referred to by her sister as the "appetizer queen".
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Bob; sister, Judi Edwards (Keith) of Grand Junction, CO; nephew, Matthew Edwards of Clifton, CO; two step-children, Alison and Conor McKenna of Denver, CO; two step-grandchildren, LeAndra and Delanee McKenna of Denver, CO; two aunts, Marie Cole (Jim) of Littleton, CO, and Raiann Young of Grand Junction, CO; cousins, Herb Fischer (Cheryl) of Corona del Mar, CA, Ruth Gilbert (Ed) and Ray Gilbert (Dixie) of Grand Junction, CO; Harold Gilbert (Christa) of Blowing Rock, N.C., and Mary Kay Phelps of Southern CA; other extended family members and her longtime friend, Rosie Wheeler (Art) of Redwood City, CA.
The family would like to thank Nancy's oncologist, Dr. Melancon; the physicians, RNs, and staff at St. Mary's Pavilion, St. Mary's Hospital and HopeWest Hospice for their special care.
Nancy developed and cherished countless friendships throughout the years. Memories of her will forever be treasured in the hearts of those whose lives she touched. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.
At Nancy's request, no funeral services will be held.
Suggested donations in her memory can be made to the Roice-Hurst Humane Society, 362 28 Rd., Grand Junction, CO 81501 or to HopeWest Hospice, 3090 N. 12th St., Unit B, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 5, 2014