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KATHRYN E. McGEE

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Kathryn "Kay" E. McGee, nee Greene, 91, died at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wonderful daughter of Harry and Ray Margaret, nee Fix, beloved wife of the late Martin J. McGee; cherished mother of Martin H. (Allison), Michael G. (Anne Marie), Jan McGee Barnes (Douglas) and Tricia Ann; proud grandmother of Jennifer McGee Clifford (David), Adrienne, Carolyn, Peter and Thomas McGee; adored older sister of the late Harry Greene and the late Dorthe Kelly; revered aunt of many nieces and nephews. Kay was born May 6, 1920 and grew up on Arlington Place, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, she attended St. Clement Grade School and Immaculata High School. She was a graduate of Chicago Normal College (Chicago State Univ.), where she received her teaching degree and made many life-long friends, When she met her husband, Marty, it was love at first sight. They were married in December of 1943 and spent 57 very happy years together. Kay was an avid artist and her paintings hang in the homes of her proud children and grandchildren. She was a life long learner before the term became fashionable, attending classes to further her art, as well as classes in bridge and computer literacy. She lately learned the gamers of Mah-Jongg and Cribbage. She was a wonderful cook and gracious hostess, the party-cruise planner and social glue for her wide circle of friends and family in Chicago and Florida. Among her most important accomplishments, was her founding of the National Association for Down Syndrome in 1960 and co-founding the National Down Syndrome Congress in 1973. Inspired by the birth of her daughter, Tricia, Kay worked tireless to create a network of support for parents of Down Syndrome Children and further the research and information distribution about Down Syndrome. Through her vision and leadership, NADS has thrived most recently, celebrating their 50th anniversary. During the 25 years that Tricia has enjoyed at Misericordia, Kay and Marty have given their enthusiastic support, giving both time and treasure, Kay was the source of joy and inspiration for both family and friends. We knew her as a strong, determined and positive force of life, who had limitless energy and an ever present smile. We will miss her. Visitation Wednesday, 3 to 8 p.m., at the Peterson-Bassi Chapels, 6938 W. North Ave., Chicago. Friends and family please meet Thursday, 10 a.m. at St. Luke Church, 528 Lathrop Ave., River Forest, for 10 a.m. Mass. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Evanston. In lieu of flowers, donations to Misericordia Home, 6300 North Ridge, Chicago IL 60660. Arrangements by Ahern Funeral Home, 708-383-5700.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2012
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