Margaret “Jeanne” McKenna, 80, of Sun City, Bluffton, SC, wife of Peter Joseph McKenna died Thursday, February 1, 2018 at home.
Mrs. McKenna was born on September 8, 1937 in Englewood, NJ, the eldest daughter of the late Dr. John H. and Peggy (Brubaker) Van Dyke.
Jeanne was a member of Low Country Presbyterian Church, the Tuesday Morning Bible Study, the Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA), and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). She graduated from Monmouth University and Kean College of New Jersey with earned BA and MA Degrees in Art. She earned a Medical Illustration Diploma at the University of Rochester Medical School and worked in N.Y.C. before becoming a Registered Occupational Therapist for 25 years. She was passionate about painting, loved the ocean and outdoors, but above all loved her family.
In addition to her loving husband, she is survived by four children, Peter J. McKenna Jr. (Robin), Kirsten K. McKenna, Kathleen Vergnolle (Rob), and Kendall Carriere (Clayton); six grandchildren, Peter III, James, McKenna, Mary Watson, Kathleen, and Kirsten; and two step-granddaughters, Victoria and Lauren Carriere.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 9, 2018 at Low Country Presbyterian Church, 10 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton, SC 29910.
Memorials may be made to the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), locally, NAMI Lowcountry, PO Box 24128, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.
Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton is assisting the family. www.saulsfh.com
Lowcountry Presbyterian Church
Friday February 9th, 2018
10 Simmonsville Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
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I have many happy memories of summers spent visiting with Jeanne and my cousins at the farm in Pennsylvania. We managed to have some time together a few years ago to reconnect and share those memories. Rest easy, Jeanne.
Submitted by Joanne Adams Gerber on Feb 10 2018 11:34:21 AM
You were the strongest women I have ever known. Your fierce independence coupled with your unabiding loyalty will be a legacy I hold in my heart forever. I am fortunate to know what your heartbeat sounds like from the inside.We are forever connected.
May I always make you proud. I listened to everything you said, even when I acted like I didn’t hear you. I will make sure I “don’t over do it, take my vitamins, get enough sleep, eat, never go to bed with a wet head and try not to talk so much so I can listen more.” I’m glad God chose you to be my Mommy, because I can’t imagine my life any other way. I will always treasure that our final words to each other were, “ I love you, I love you, I love you.” I love you, Mama. XXX Kendall
Submitted by Kendall Carriere on Feb 4 2018 12:45:49 PM
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