Noah Todd McKenney
Noah Todd McKenney, 14 months, sweet son of Todd and Bethany, and beloved little brother of Se lah and Nathan, died Monday (July 25, 2005) after a two-month fight with brain cancer.
Catch his eye and Noah would give you a big smile. The same one as in the picture.
He was born May 19, 2004. Even before he was born, hundreds of friends at The Chapel and around town prayed for him because he had spina bifida. If you had any part in those prayers or blessings, thank you. Noah made good progress working diligently at physical therapy. We chose the name Noah because, though he might struggle to walk, Genesis tells us that "`Noah walked with God,"' which was our prayer for him.
And even though his life was brief, Noah did fulfill his pur pose to glorify God. He touched so many people and he was engaging and so full of joy. He laughed hardest at Selah's an tics and snuggled into Nathan's hugs. He adored oranges, swinging, Kanga, Cheerios and his mother's arms.
Besides his parents and sib lings, Noah was cherished by both of his grandmothers, Joyce Edwards of Manchester and Betty McKenney of Manchester; also, aunts and uncles, John and Julie Hogarth of Manchester, Matt and Holly Edwards of Manchester, Brad and Renee McKenney of North Canton, Ron and Suzanne Newman of Palos Heights, Ill., and Mitch and Kim McKenney of Hartville; cousins, Tyler, Kate, Anna, John, Ashley, Erin, Bryce, Bran don, Zachary, Kelly, Christopher, Cassandra, Connor, Brynn, and Kyle. Noah also was precious to Caryn, Tiffany, and Judy Steerman.
Pastor Knute Larson will lead a service to honor God for Noah's life at 10:30 a.m. Fri day, July 29, in the Worship Center at The Chapel (Akron Campus), 135 Fir Hill. Calling hours will be Thursday, July 28, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at the church. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Akron. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop (YEPAW), c/o Arlington Church of God, 539 S. Arlington St., Akron, Ohio 44306. (REDMON, STOW, 330-688-6631.)
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Jul. 27, 2005.