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Marie Josephine Kenney, 83, of Duluth died peacefully on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 surrounded by her loving husband and children. She is now with her Savior.

She was born Aug. 14, 1930, in Dublin, Ireland, to William and Catherine (Jordan) King.

She grew up in Dublin the youngest of eight children and was known for her lovely singing voice. At a Dublin dance hall in 1952 she met and fell in love with an American Soldier, Michael Kenney. After a brief long distance romance they married and she was whisked away to the wilds of Northern Michigan and Minnesota. She became a United States Citizen in 1977. Her warm nature made her beloved by all who met her. She could start a conversation with anyone she happened upon and they were happy for her company. She lived a deeply Catholic life and was active in her church; singing in the choir, serving in the kitchen, and preparing a generation of second graders for their First Communion. She stayed active enjoying bowling, golf, broomball and volleyball. She and Michael recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. For her whole life her home was a magnet for her children, grandchildren, friends and family to come and chat, have a cup of tea, a serious talk or just a laugh.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Canon John King, Peggy Kelly, Peter King, William King, Catherine Carey and Aidan King.

Marie is survived by her loving husband, Michael Kenney; her loving children, David (Regina) Kenney, Catherine (Matthew) Kromrie, Michael (Jodie) Kenney, Patrick Kenney, William (Carie) Kenney and John (Teresa) Kenney; her treasured grandchildren, David, Kathleen, Regina, William, Jennifer, Theresa, Debbie, Tyler, Spencer, Emma, Michael, Ava, Theodore, Bridget, Patrick, Caitlin, Megan, Michael, Makayla, William, Malia, Carrick, Georgia, Peter and David; her adored great-grandchildren, Kyle, Shawn, Ryan, Isabelle and Kagan; her brother Emmett King of Dublin, Ireland; brother-in-law Charles Kenney of Pawpaw, Mich.; sisters-in-law Jean Kenney of Escanaba, Mich., and Joan Veeser of Duluth; and many nieces and nephews.

Marie and Michael are members of Saint Lawrence/Saint Joseph's Catholic Church of Duluth. Marie will be deeply missed by her loving and adoring family.

VISITATION: 5-7 p.m. with 6:30 p.m. Rosary prayers Wednesday, June 18, at Dougherty's Funeral Home and 10 until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Thursday, June 19, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 151 W. Linden St. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. Second St., Duluth, MN 55805, (218) 727-3555.