Verna McKerery

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Verna McKenery, 88, a lifelong Canonsburg area resident, died Friday, January 11, 2013, in Retirement Village of North Strabane.


She was born October 10, 1924, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late William and Zetta Clyde McLhinney.


Mrs. McKenery was a graduate of Canonsburg High School, Class of 1943. She was a lifelong member of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, member of Eastern Star Chartiers Chapter 97 of Canonsburg, Jefferson College Historical Society, Woman’s Auxiliary Canonsburg Hospital and did volunteer work at Canonsburg General Hospital.


She worked as a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone Co., The Meadows and Western Center.


On July 2, 1948, she married William L. “Beans” McKenery. Her beloved husband of 49 years died June 6, 1998.


Surviving are two sons, David Douglas McKenery and wife Jane Martello of Canonsburg and William O. McKenery and wife Penny of Leander, Texas; a daughter, Deborah McKenery of Cincinnati, Ohio; two brothers, William McLhinney of Hermitage and James McLhinney of Baltimore, Md.; two grandsons, David McKenery Jr. and wife Rebecca Stoner and Ryan McKenery; two great-granddaughters, Paige and Maren McKenery; three stepchildren, Victoria and Behrens Keeler and Kyntra Yates of Texas; and several nieces, nephews and a close cousin, Verna Galbraith.


She also leaves behind a lifelong friend, Peggy Emery.


Deceased are two sisters, Elise McLhinney and Lena McClelland.


She will be missed by all who were touched by her kindness and love.


Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where services will be held at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. in Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Douglas Beltzner officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Family suggests memorials in her name to Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church or Canonsburg Fire Department. Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave condolences.


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