Louise Ann Kenny
Born: Feb 02, 1920
Died: Jan 15, 2016
Louise Webb Kenny died at home in Havre early Friday morning, January 15, 2016 with her husband of nearly 60 years at her side. She was two week short of her 96th birthday. A viewing will take place Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Hi-Line Funeral Services in Havre. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 11:00 am at the St. Jude’s Thaddeus Catholic Church in Havre, followed by interment in Highland Cemetery. Arrangements have been made with Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.
Louise was born February 2, 1920, in Great Falls to Florence and Hal Webb. Her father died when she was a child, leaving her and her younger brother Hal to be raised by their hard-working mother.
Louise graduated from the Ursuline Center School in Great Falls and went to work for Great Falls Paper Company. She got a job with Western Airlines, first working in Great Falls and later in Los Angeles. Her brother was attending school in California on an athletic scholarship and she took in all the games she could. One of her favorite memories of this period of her life was pulling up at a Hollywood intersection at the same time as Clark Gable. When she returned to Great Falls, Louise continued to work for Western Airlines.
On a blind date, Louise met her future husband, Don Kenny, a World War II veteran. He asked her to marry him that day. They said their vows April 21, 1956. The couple moved to Havre, where they owned and operated Marra Grocery for many years.
Her greatest joy were her two children, Donna Lou and Don, Jr., and grandson Christopher Magis. She was proud that both of her children became registered nurses. Donna Lou Magis preceded her in death.
Louise loved homemaking and was a talented baker. Her beautifully decorated wedding cakes were the centerpiece of many weddings, including those of several nieces. She also worked in ceramics, creating colorful kitchen jar sets for her sisters in law, which now adorn the homes of her nieces. Ceramic Santa and Easter Bunny mugs are still cherished by a long list of nieces and nephews.
To her extended family she was always a favorite aunt, full of fascinating stories told with just the right amount of levity. In the 1950s, she packed her nieces in her car to visit the State Fair in Great Falls for a Lennon Sisters’ concert and brought home paper dolls for those who were too young to make the trip.
She was available at a moment’s notice for babysitting her grandson and her grandnieces and nephews. They were never bored at her house.
Christmas was her favorite time of year. Her tree was always gorgeous. She and niece Karen Kamla would spend hours making candy and cookies to distribute to friends and family. Louise could be counted on to make mints and candy for every wedding and anniversary.
Her sisters in law were all just sisters as far as she was concerned. When new babies were on the way, Louise stepped in to take charge of their older children. For the last 20 or 30 years, she and sister-in-law Thurza Thackeray talked daily on the phone, sharing news and checking to make sure everyone was okay.
Louise was an active member of the St. Jude Parish until her health kept her homebound. In her final years, she was cared for at home by her son Don, Jr., and daughter-in-law Lucy.
She is survived by her husband, Don; son and daughter-in-law, Lucy and Don, Jr.; brother, Hal Webb of Great Falls; and grandson Christopher Magis, also of Great Falls.
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