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“My Aunt Ida will continue to be my angel always and forever. She never shunned me for any reason and always made sure I knew it was okay to be me....Read More ยป
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Ida A. McKenney, 81, of West Hartford, beloved wife of Walter McKenney, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 21, 2018 at St. Mary’s Home in West Hartford. Born in Courtland, VA to the late John Roy and Freddie Anna (Darden) Turner, she has been a resident of West Hartford for over 46 years and was a member of St. Monica’s Episcopal Church in Hartford. Ida was a para legal at the Legal Aid Society, a community volunteer and activist, a member of the Union of Black Episcopalians, owned an in-home daycare, hosted several African students through the World Affairs Center, appointed by Governor Ella Grasso to the Selective Service System and the Connecticut Commission of Reorganization of Human Services, a board member of the Community Renewal Team, and a substitute teacher for Hartford school system. Her family was also a foster family. Ida returned to school and received her Bachelors of Science degree. In her free time she enjoyed needlepoint, drawing, painting, and Virginia Beach, but her true passion was her family who will miss her dearly. Besides her husband Walter of West Hartford, she is survived by her daughters, Bonni McKenney of Hartford and Iris McKenney of Wilmington, DE; her sons, Randy McKenney of Windsor, Walter David McKenney and his wife Miriam of Cincinnati, OH; her sisters, Bessie Murphy of Santa Barbara, CA, Rebbie Warren and her husband Samuel of Portsmouth, VA, Dorothy Williams and her husband John of Bridgeport, Jean Butler and her husband Bernard of Bloomfield, Evonia Manson of New Britain, her brother Dave Turner and his wife Freda of Windsor; her grandchildren, Randa, Dedrianne, Lynn, Alex, Sasha, Evan, Nia, Alanna, Kaia and Jaiya; and her great-grandchildren, Mason, Amalya, Yonatan, Carmelah and Sophie. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her sisters, Cathalee Johnson and Shirley Williams, and her brothers Clifton Turner and Roy Turner, Jr. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to St. Mary’s Home and St. Francis Hospital for their kind support during her final days. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 10:00am at the Christ Church Cathedral, 45 Church Street, Hartford. Validated parking will be in the MAT garage, next to Hartford Stage. Parking ticket will be validated at the Cathedral. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice in the name of Ida Anita McKenney.