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Katherine Virginia Mcnerney

July 16, 1910 — February 19, 2015

Katherine Virginia McNerney was born on July 16, 1910, in Kansas City, Missouri. She was the eldest of six children born to Thomas and Anna Long McNerney. Shortly after graduating from St. Vincent?s Academy in 1928, Katherine moved to San Francisco and took a job with the newly formed FBI. She returned to Kansas City when the war started to be with family. She earned her bachelor?s degree from The College of St. Teresa (now Avila University) in 1956. She relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she earned a master?s degree in elementary education from the University of New Mexico in 1961. She was a long-time member of the American Association of University Women.

Her love of teaching and working with young people inspired her to pursue a teaching career which began on Indian reservations in New Mexico and with the Albuquerque Public Schools. She also taught for five years in Turkey and the Philippine Islands at US Air Force bases while touring the Mid-East and Europe. After retiring, Katherine returned to Kansas City.

Katherine was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Thomas and wife Vivian, John (Jack) and wife Rosemary, Eugene and Richard McNerney and her sister Anne McNerney Jordan. She is survived by 12 nieces and nephews, Thomas McNerney and wife Barbara, Eugene McNerney, Eugene Jordan, Richard Jordan and wife Joan, Charlene Jordan, Jeannine Jordan Bohannan, Kevin Jordan and wife Sheryl, all of the Kansas City area, Patricia Tillery and husband Marvin of Arizona, Rosemary McNerney Winkler and husband William, Kathleen McNerney, John McNerney and wife Virginia Watkins all of New Mexico, and US Congressman Jerry McNerney and wife Mary of California. She also leaves 21 great nieces and nephews; 18 great great nieces and nephews; 2 great, great, great nephews, and many other special relatives and friends.

This diminutive lady was distinguished by her continual quest for knowledge but more importantly her remarkable love and devotion to family and friends. She will long be remembered and cherished by all who knew her. The Irish contingent in heaven will be so happy to receive our "Aunt Katherine". Katherine was a long-time member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and its Friendship Club.

Visitation will be held at the St. Elizabeth Church, 75th & Main, on Saturday, February 28th from 9:00 to 10:30 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to Crossroads Hospice, 14310 East 42nd Street South, Unit 600, Independence, MO 64055.

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