Gloria A. Kenney

Nov 09, 2020
Gloria Kenney

Rockland — Gloria A. Kenney, 81, beloved mother and grandmother, died peacefully, in the loving arms of her two daughters, Julie and Kelly, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, following a courageous two-year battle with Esophageal Cancer.

Born in Rockland Jan. 12, 1939, she was the daughter of Rose Arlene Demmons. Throughout her childhood, Gloria was raised and formed a life-long bond with her three cousins who were like sisters to her, Mary McCluskey, Shirley Fish and Sylvia Fowles.

She also received immeasurable support from her grandmother, Dorothy Demmons, Aunt Florence Harvey and her step-father Rowland Ames Sr. Later in life, she was close to her second step-father, Levander Richardson.

Gloria attended Rockland and Thomaston Schools. Following high school, she married James R. Kenney June 11, 1955. For many years, Gloria devoted her life to raising her children and caring for her family.

When her children were grown, she joined the work force, working as a bus driver and outreach worker for Coastal Community Action Program. Her selfless heart led her to a second career as an in-home caregiver.

She loved to go lawn-sailing, never missing a deal. She loved to spend time on the beach, combing for sea-glass. Her family remembers she could spot the best pieces a mile away. She had a great sense of humor, was very witty and loved to laugh. Her infectious smile could light up a room. Boy, did she love to have fun, cut loose and go dancing.

For many years, her daughter would drop she and her ‘sisters’ off at the American Legion and pick them up a closing time at the Myrtle Street Tavern Friday nights. Even as recently as this past February, Gloria was out having a good time with her friends and family.

Gloria was a giver, generous to a fault and would do anything she could to help someone in need. She was the first to step up whenever anyone needed help. She had hundreds of ‘peeps,’ friends of her children who considered her one of their own.

Gloria’s number one priority in life was her family. She was a wonderful, caring grandmother and great-grandmother and she loved nothing more than having all of her family around.

She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was predeceased by her husband James R. Kenney; son John Kenney; daughter-in-law Linda Kenney; grandson James Kenney II and cousin Shirley Fish.

Gloria is survived by her children James Kenney and his wife, Gail, of Rockland, Rochelle Kenney of Hope, Julie Kenney of Rockland and Kelly Kenney of Rockland; grandchildren Tori Kenney, Doria Hunt and her husband, Dwayne, Amber Mastronardi and her husband, Mike, Ashley Kenney and her boyfriend, Tegan, Kaitlyn Kenney and her boyfriend, Justin, Kristopher-John Kenney, Eben James Kenney, Kristina Kenney and her fiancé, Jacob.

She also leaves behind her great-grandchildren Emma Morrison, Jordan Morrison and their father Mike Morrison, Sander Moulton; cousins who were like sisters Mary Lou McCluskey of Thomaston, Sylvia Fowles of South Thomaston, as well as Deborah Barter; brother Rowland Ames Jr.; lifetime friends Sylvia, Dodie, Trudy and Linda; close friend and support Cara Johnson and her children Donovan, Kaden and Annabella; sister-in-law Sharon Teel and her husband, Doug, as well as a large loving extended family and too many friends to count.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. COVID-19 precautions and social distancing will be followed, masks are encouraged and all are asked to use sensitivity and limit the time spent in the building to allow all the opportunity to pay their respects.

A celebration of Gloria’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Sea View Cemetery, Rockport.

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