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Marie Helen Kinney

Marie Helen Kinney   Marie Helen Kinney, 83, of Quincy, Illinois, died at 12:48 AM Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal.

A Mass of Christian Burial was at 12:00 PM Friday, April 26, 2013 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Quincy, Illinois. Monsignor Michael Kuse officiated. Burial was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Edina, MO.

The family is being served by the James O’Donnell Funeral Home of Hannibal, MO.

Mrs. Kinney was born December 19, 1929, in Stanford, Connecticut to Oscar and Frances Levandowski Saunders.

She was married to William J. Kinney on February 15, 1958 in Quincy, Illinois. He preceded her in death May 16, 2008.

Survivors include 2 children, Mary Jo Mast (Steve) of Quincy, IL, John Kinney of Julian, CA, 1 Brother, Thomas Saunders of New York, Sister in law, Pauline Weir (Richard) of Pittsfield, IL, 3 grandchildren, Alexis and Austin Mast and John Cody Kinney and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers; Walter and Oscar Saunders and 1 sister; Emily Zarelli.

Mrs. Kinney was a graduate of the St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in New York in 1950. She later graduated from the University of St. John’s in New York. Mrs. Kinney came to the Midwest to teach nursing at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Quincy, Illinois. She later became the director of nursing at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Hannibal, where she helped establish the Neonatal Unit. Mrs. Kinney retired from St. Elizabeth’s in 1983.

Mrs. Kinney enjoyed spending time with her nursing friends and her grandchildren. She liked flower gardening and volunteering with the Ladies of Charity. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and she was later a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Quincy, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ladies of Charity or Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Quincy, Illinois in care of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.