Maywood's Story

Text size

ANDOVER: Maywood A. Kenney, 94, of Andover, died peacefully on October 13, 2014. She was the wife of the late Robert P. Kenney, to whom she was married for 51 years. She was born in Bennington, Vt. on December 17, 1919, the daughter of Harris Metcalf and his wife, Greta Perkins, who moved to Waterbury, Vt. in 1920. She was predeceased by her sisters, Joanna Metcalf, MD, and Mary Elizabeth Frost. After graduating from Waterbury High School she matriculated at the University of Vermont, beginning a lifetime of devotion to that institution from where she graduated in 1941. While at UVM she was chosen as the first female editor of the University newspaper, the Cynic, and remained class scribe for her class until the time of her death. During WWII she worked in Boston in various secretarial positions for Little Brown and Co and for the New Haven railroad. She married Robert Kenney in 1946 after his return from naval service in WWII, and the couple moved to Milton, Mass. in 1948 where both of their children were born. The family moved to Andover in 1964, and she returned to work in 1970 as a secretary. In 1971 she began working for the Town of Andover, holding several secretarial positions with the town over the next 26 years including at the public library and at the Municipal Maintenance Department. She retired from full-time employment in 1997 to care for her ailing husband. Following his death, she began to volunteer at Christ Church, Andover, a task that she continued until age 92. She is survived by her children, Pardon R. Kenney, MD and his wife, Kendra, of Mansfield, and Elizabeth K. Needleman and her husband, Richard Needleman, MD, of Plymouth, Mich. She was the grandmother of Kirsten Kenney, Esq, of East Providence, RI, Erica Kenney, D.Sc. of Brighton, Mass., Robert Needleman, MD and Grace Needleman of Plymouth, Mich., and had two great-grandchildren, and four nephews and nieces.

There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral at 11 a.m. on November 7, 2014, at Christ Church, Andover, Mass. A private interment will follow in Bristol, R.I. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to Christ Church, Andover, Massachusetts, or to the Vermont Cynic at the University of Vermont c/o the UVM Foundation, 411 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401. For condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on  October 30, 2014
Send flowers
in memory of Maywood
See more

Obituary published in

Arrangements by


Share this story with a friend.