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Carol Lee Dersin Kenney Loy, 83, of Springfield, left this earth to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.
Born on April 8, 1934, in Houtzdale, Pa., Carol was the eldest daughter of the late Joseph E. Dersin and Mildred A. Newcomer Dersin. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Donald D. Kenney on Dec. 11, 1998, whom she married after graduation from Ridgeley High School. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Joseph D. Dersin and wife, Sue; sister-in-law, Anna Kidwell; and brothers-in-law, Paul Dohrman, Lynnus Kidwell, and Bernard, Leo, Allen, and Brian Kenney.
Carol will be lovingly missed by her five children, Felisa Allen and husband, Ron, Timothy Kenney and wife, Lisa, Lori Gerard and husband, Christopher of Ohio, Tami Robertson and Krista Kenney; 12 grandchildren, Emily and husband, Tye, Gus and wife, Sarah, Tyler and wife, Abby, Leia and husband, David, Rachel and husband, Michael, Lucas, Linsay and husband, Craig, Robertta, Shannon, Ellie Jo, Jeravyn and Kenna; and seven great-grandchildren, Landon, Adam, Teagan, Graham, Crosby, Sydalee and Ronan. She is survived by her loving sisters, Patricia Dohrman, Margaret Magruder, Judy Linn and husband, Eddie, Cindy Giles, Beth Barnes and husband, Bob, and Molly Bauman and husband, Jim; in-laws, Jean Kenney, Betty Kenney, Janet Kenney, Aven Kenney and Judy Kenney; many nieces and nephews; and second husband, Lowell Loy and family.
Carol was employed with Hampshire Memorial Hospital as an insurance billing clerk and then as physician's assistant for Dr. Thomas Chappell for 13 years. She transferred with Dr. Chappell to Braddock Medical Group, from where she retired after seven years.
Carol was active in her church and community. She was a member of Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church where she taught Sunday school, Bible school and served on the board. She was a Hampshire County Homemaker, a Girl Scout leader, a 4-H leader, a Project TEACH volunteer, PTA president, chosen for Outstanding Young Women of America, and was an EMT for the Hampshire County Rescue Squad. She was instrumental in establishing the Head Start Program in Hampshire County.
After Carol became a member of the United Methodist Church, she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, Bible school and discipleship classes, and she served as a lay speaker for the Methodist church for 12 years.
Carol loved life, enjoyed people and never met a stranger. She opened her home to others saying, "There's always room for one more." She gave haircuts, perms, home cooked meals and entertained others with coffee, conversation and lots of laughter around her table. She baked beautiful cakes, pies and breads for her family and friends, and her cinnamon buns will not be forgotten.
Carol enjoyed reading, writing, sewing, painting and singing. Music was a staple in her home. She loved to study the Bible and share what she learned with others. She sent countless encouraging cards and letters and she sewed tirelessly for her family and friends. She also sang with the Cottage Singers of Springfield and was a reader for Springfield Elementary School.
Carol loved God and ministered to those around her throughout her life and even in her death. She shared very special relationships with some very special people who remained devoted to her and her family throughout her final days. Near the end (beginning) of her life she wrote, "Thank you everybody. Deal with people kindly. Treat them better than you should."
Her family would like to sincerely thank all the staff at Dawnview Center and Mountain Hospice for the constant respect and tender loving care which Carol received.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Mountain Hospice, 1002 South Crim Avenue, Belington, WV 26250; or the Springfield Area Rescue Squad, PO Box 370, Springfield, WV 26763.
To honor Carol's wishes, there will be no memorial service. Her family asks that you keep those memories you have of her in a special place within your hearts.
Published on September 15, 2017
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