Mary Elizabeth (Joseph) Kenney

Mary Elizabeth Joseph Kenney passed away July 26, 2013. She was the fourth of seven siblings: Patricia Leach (Ron) LA; Barbara Schultz (Rod) CA; Michael Joseph (Sandi) VA; John Joseph (Hannah) CA; Catherine Hendrick (David) VA; Eileen Dickey (Randy) VA, born to Francis and Catherine O'Malley Joseph. Her parents and her brother, Michael, preceded Mary in death. She is also survived by her loving and dedicated husband of 38 years, James; and her daughters, Amy Kenney Fox (Michael) and Emily Kenney Rodzinka (Jess), both of Virginia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Of the various hats Mary wore, one of her favorites was that of grandmother to Amy and Michael's children, Skylar (6) and Miles (2-1/2).
Mary was born in Teaneck, N.J., on Dec. 9, 1951, in Bogota N.J. The family then moved to Holyoke, Mass., before moving to Radford. She attended Radford University where she obtained her bachelor's degree in education and her master's degree in reading. She also obtained an education specialist degree in administration from the College of William and Mary
Additional courses were taken at the University of Virginia, Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as Christopher Newport University.
Her teaching career covered three decades, starting at Richmond City Public Schools, Pittsylvania County Public Schools, Eastern State Hospital, WJCC Alternative Education Program and the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools.
Mary's Postgraduate Professional License reflected 12 endorsements.
She spent her free time enjoying the growth of her daughters, Girls Night Out dinners, as well as cross-stitching, knitting, making mosaic stepping stones and working with stained glass.
The Celebration of Mary's life will take place at St.Olaf Catholic Church in Norge at noon Aug. 3, with the Rev. Thomas Mattingly officiating. Visitation will occur at the church (11:15 a.m.) prior to the ceremony, which will be followed by light refreshments. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg,VA 23188 (; or to United Network For Organ Sharing (UNOS) at

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3785 Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23188
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Published in Virginia Gazette from July 30 to Aug. 29, 2013