Carolyn Lee Watkins Kearney, 82, of Wooster, passed away suddenly on March 3rd. She was born to David and Winifred “Dolly” Watkins on January 27th, 1941 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
She graduated from Wilson College in Chambersburg PA and earned a Masters degree in Social Work from Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
She married Walter Kearney on June 18th, 1966, and celebrated 56 years of marriage.
She was a lifelong reader of books with a keen interest in children’s literature. She particularly loved mystery novels, had a large collection of alphabet books and was a long-term member of the AAUW Book Group. She spent 15 fulfilling years as a librarian at Kean Elementary School.
Her many loves included cats, playing bridge, traveling, Monet and other Impressionist art, a good champagne, sunset on the beach, opera, musicals, Masterpiece Theater, and getting the news from Judy Woodruff on the PBS Newshour.
Her volunteer commitments were wide, vast and numerous: Power of the Pen, Pierre the Pelican, and Picture Ladies, to name a few. Her board service included People to People Ministries and the Mental Health Recovery Board of Wayne and Holmes Counties. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church for 50 years. She was a consummate mom, supporting her children’s many activities by being a Speech Team Mom, a Soccer Mom, a Swim Mom.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James “Jim” and Elizabeth “Liz” Kearney.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her brother Kenneth Watkins of Hanover PA; nieces and nephews; her children, Ian and daughter-in-law Jennifer of Wilmette IL; Kathleen of Minneapolis MN, and Patrick and fiancee Julia Williams of Wooster OH; and her grandchildren, whom she adored: Violet, Kelli, Andrew, Katie and Seamus Kearney, and Amber Swinehart.
Calling hours will be from 5 -7 pm on Friday, March 10th at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster. https://www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com/ Funeral Services will be at 11 am on Saturday, March 11th at First Presbyterian Church of Wooster, 621 College Ave: https://www.firstpreswooster.org/
Online condolence may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com