Mary Adell Scott Kenney Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt as well as accomplished community volunteer and organizer, died on Friday, March 21st following a stroke several days earlier. Mary was 74 years old and had lived in the Rosedale area of Gig Harbor for more than 40 years. Mary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska to Clifford H. and Cora A. Scott. As an infant, she moved with her parents and extended family to the Puget Sound area, where she attended Tacoma public schools and graduated from Stadium High School. Mary then enrolled at the University of Washington and excelled academically, earning the President's Medal two consecutive years and graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in English Literature. She taught in Snohomish County schools and at Tacoma Community College, where she also worked as an administrator. In 1979, Mary received an MA in English Literature from University of Puget Sound. Mary will be remembered for significant contributions through volunteering and organizing around a number of causes, most notably conservation. She was a founding member and board president of the Peninsula Heritage Land Trust, which preserved forest, estuary and other lands in their natural state on the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsulas; this organization later became a chapter of the Great Peninsula Conservancy, for which Mary served as a volunteer steward. Notable projects by these groups in which Mary played an instrumental role include the Lay Wildrose Preserve and Sehmel Homestead Park. In 2011, three Rotary Clubs in Gig Harbor presented Mary with their Citizen of the Year award for her work with the land trust organizations and with the Peninsula Neighborhood Association and Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition. Mary's involvement in politics stretched back more than 40 years, most recently including doorbelling in Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and gathering signatures for I-594, which would expand criminal background checks for gun purchases. Mary was an avid reader, bicyclist, hiker and learner of languages, and enjoyed a wide circle of friends. Kindness and tolerance ranked high among the personal characteristics for which she was noted. Family members include husband G. James Kenney, M.D.; sons James S. Kenney M.D. (Lori) of Plattsburgh, NY and Ted A. Kenney (Yim) of Tacoma; grandchildren Olivia, George, Lena and Karen; siblings Beth E. Pedersen (Hank), Marvin H. Scott (Linda), and Alice L. Waterhouse (Steve); and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A celebration of Mary's life was held on Saturday, March 29th at Haven of Rest Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Gig Harbor. Remembrances can be made to the Great Peninsula Conservancy, the Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank, or to the
. The family also wishes to thank the Intensive Care Unit of Tacoma General Hospital for their dedicated care recently, and expresses gratitude to Dr. Mark Craddock, Pam, Mia and Jennifer for excellent care over the years.
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Haven Of Rest Funeral Home Cemetery & Crematory
8503 Hwy 16 W Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) from Mar. 27 to Apr. 2, 2014