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Pearl B. "Penny" Kinney


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Pearl B. "Penny" Kinney Obituary
Pearl B. Kinney, 93
SCARBOROUGH - Pearl Bernice Kinney of Scarborough passed away peacefully Friday, August 14th at the age of 93. "Penny", as she was known to nearly all her friends and family, passed away while staying with her daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters in Reno, Nev. Penny leaves behind Alfred, her husband of 71 years; two children, Dana (Mary) and Karen (Makoba); three grandchildren (Amy, Laura and Emma); and four great-grandchildren (Grady, Hayden, Thomas and Matthew). She also leaves several nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and aunt and will be greatly missed by all.
Penny was born in Rockland on Feb. 12, 1922 to Sydney and Laura Leonard and attended Rockland schools. She was raised on the family farm and often talked of all the wonderful fresh vegetables that were available during the summers of her childhood. Penny lost both of her parents during her late teenage years and subsequently lived with Fannie Dow, also of Rockland. After graduating from high school, Penny worked very hard to put herself through college. She received a B.A. degree in Home Economics from what was then Farmington State Normal School, now a branch of the University of Maine.
After her marriage to Alfred Kinney in 1944, Penny taught Home Economics at Mount Desert High School on Mount Desert Island. Once she had children, Penny stopped teaching for several years; and she and Al moved to Scarborough. Eventually, Penny returned to teaching, initially in Scarborough as a first grade teacher at the former Oak Hill Primary School, later as a Home Economics teacher at South Portland High School.
Penny was very involved in many Scarborough area organizations. She was a long-time member of the West Scarborough United Methodist Church where she was active in the United Methodist Women. She contributed her talents to many of the church's events from the annual Christmas Fair to the periodic Baked Bean Suppers. Penny was well-known for her homemade pies as well as her many crafts such as quilting, counted cross-stitch, embroidery, as well as countless sewing projects for family and friends. In all of these endeavors, Penny was a quiet but persistent perfectionist and many family and friends have samples of her beautiful work. One special example is the king-size Cathedral Window Quilt which she made totally by hand to honor her son-in-law when he received his Ph.D. She was renowned for her inventive costumes sewn for her granddaughters either for Halloween or for playing dress-up.
Both Penny and Al retired early in order to spend more time with their friends and family members. They were avid dancers participating in both Square Dancing and Ballroom Dancing in the Portland area. They traveled to all but one of the 50 states. Penny's first granddaughter, Amy, was born in Portland to her son, Dana, and his wife, Mary. That first grandchild fulfilled a lifelong dream for Penny who loved to share imaginary games and ordinary household activities such dishwashing with the young Amy. Subsequent granddaughters, Laura and Emma, were born in California and Nevada, respectively. From then on, Penny and Al traveled to the West Coast each winter to spend 2-3 months with their daughter, Karen, and her family.
Shortly after Penny's death, her granddaughter, Laura, posted the following message on her Facebook page: "On Friday, my loving, caring, and adored grandmother, Pearl "Penny" Kinney (Grammy and Aggie to us) passed away at our home at the age of 93. It is hard to put into words what an incredible woman she was. Everything she did, all that she was, every memory I have of her can be described by the word 'love'. She was always cooking, sewing and creating gorgeous masterpieces for her beloved family and those she cared about…especially those in need…Hers is a legacy of love, the importance of family and giving. I cannot even express how much I will miss her. I can't express the pain. I love you, Aggie, with all my heart."
I am sure that many of Penny's friends and other family members share those feelings.
No services are planned for Penny at this time. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the West Scarborough United Methodist Church.

If you would like to honor Penny with a donation, please send it to the West Scarborough United Methodist Church or to a charity of
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Sept. 6 to Sept. 7, 2015
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