Mary Kearney Obituary

Mary Katherine Kearney
Sister Marcia Kearney, CHM
Mary Katherine Kearney

August 18, 1923 - March 1, 2010
Born in Weller, IA
Resided in Johnston, IA
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Sister Marcia Kearney, (Sister Mary Marcia), 86, died Monday, March 1, 2010, at Bishop Drumm Care Center, Johnston, Iowa. Visitation at Bishop Drumm Our Lady of Peace Chapel, Johnston, will be 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, with a Rosary at 4 p.m. and Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 4, at Our Lady of Peace Chapel. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. in St. Mary's Cemetery, Albia. Dunn's Funeral Home in Des Moines is assisting with arrangements. There will be a Memorial Service on Tuesday, March 9, 7 p.m. at the Humility of Mary Center, Magnificat Chapel, 820 W. Central Park Ave., in Davenport.

Mary Katherine Kearney was born on August 18, 1923 in Weller, a daughter of Patrick Edward and Rose Agnes (Keegan) Kearney. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary on January 6, 1950, and professed vows on July 19, 1952. She attended Ottumwa Heights College, Ottumwa. She spent her life in service of others. For 12 years she was a housemother for teenage boys at St. Vincent Home, Davenport. For several years she cared for an infant in Keokuk. Her prayers were credited with saving the life of one baby girl who grew up to become a doctor. Sr. Marcia cooked and made a home for her sisters at St. Henry and St. Mary Convents, Marshalltown, and St. Pius Convent, Rock Island, IL. She was the manager of Kitchen and Food Service at St. Vincent Center serving priests and bishops for 14 years. She returned to Humility of Mary Center, Davenport, in 1995 and moved to Bishop Drumm Center in 2006.

Sister Marcia was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Thomas, Cyril, Bernard, Gerald, John, Bill, Vince (Mike), Pat (Eddie) and Dan. She is survived by sisters, Marcella Kearney, Keokuk, and Donna Halbur (LeRoy), Santa Rosa, CA; brothers Cecil (Vera), Albia, and Paul, Laguna Niguel, CA; 14 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by the many men she mothered as young boys and by the sisters and associates of her religious community.

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Humility.

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Bishop Drumm
5837 Winwood Drive
Johnston, IA US 50131
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Bishop Drumm
5837 Winwood Drive
Johnston, IA US 50131
Thursday, March 4, 2010
11:00 AM
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St. Mary's Cemetery-Albia
Albia, IA US
Thursday, March 4, 2010
3:00 PM


Sisters of Humility
820 West Central Park Avenue
Davenport, IA 52804