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LYNN M. KANEY FREEPORT - Lynn Kaney passed peacefully into Heaven on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the age of 85. Lynn Marie Boots and her precious surviving sister, Carolynn Boots Stott grew up in Oelwein, Iowa, but have been fortunate to call Freeport home for most of their adult lives. In addition, Lynn and her husband, Floyd, enjoyed many years of friendships and community involvement in their home-away-from-home, Carefree, Arizona. Lynn was born with a gift for music. She had perfect pitch and could play anything by ear on the piano. A summa cum laude graduate of Cornell College, Iowa, with a degree in piano performance, Lynn continued to perform and develop her talent throughout her lifetime. Her twenty-year dedication to teaching inspired many of her students and led her to frequent opportunities for involvement in the community. Lynn was a passionate teacher, a composer, and an accompanist. She thoroughly enjoyed her involvement with Winneshiek Theatre for many years as both actress and musician. Her friends and family were blessed by Lynn's gifts as a writer of wonderful letters, journals, and poetry. Lynn also found joy in creating a beautiful home and entertaining friends and family. While a freshman at Cornell College, Lynn met and fell in love with her soul mate, Floyd Kaney. Together they shared a passion for music, theatre, art, and travel. During 60 years of marriage they enjoyed friendships wherever they ventured and mentored young musicians, who always found the Kaney's home open to them. Lynn was united after death with her beloved husband and is survived by her daughter, Carole Kaney-Francis and son-in-law, Jim Francis (Dallas, TX); twin sons, Steve Kaney (Phoenix, AZ) and Charlie Kaney and daughter-in-law, Rita Hathaway (Minneapolis, MN). She was adored by her six grandchildren, Meghan and Ellen Kaney-Francis, Michael Kaney, and Alexandra, Nate, and Luke Kaney. In addition, she is survived by two great granddaughters and beloved nieces and nephews. Lynn's family feels extremely blessed by the kind nurses and attendants at Parkview, who cared so lovingly for her during her long illness. They are also grateful for the family's lifelong friend, Kenneth Drake, who continued to bring music into Lynn's life long after she could no longer play her piano. The family has planned a private memorial service on the campus of Cornell College. They would be pleased to have any memorial contributions directed to the Freeport Community Concert Series. Please view the family guestbook and sign the condolence page at www.walkermortuary.com.
Published in The Journal-Standard from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2014
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