Obituary: Marion Keeney

Marion Kathryn Keeney, 81, of Newton died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Marion was born to
Kathryn Echard Keeney and William Leroy Keeney on March 31, 1934 in Orient, Pa., in coal mining
country. Her family was part of a Quaker community project, which laid a strong foundation for her pacifist and social justice beliefs.

Marion Keeney
Marion Keeney

Marion met Vern Preheim while they were at seminary. Their common beliefs in equality
for all, women?s rights, peace and social change led to a marriage, which lasted for 38 years. They raised five children together and spent most of their married life first in Akron, Pa., and then in Newton.
Marion?s passion for education, religion, and service lead her to work abroad with Mennonite Central
Committee in Algeria and Zaire, to publish a book called ?Overseas Service Manual,? and to write
journalistically for various Mennonite news publications including contributing regularly to ?Rejoice!?, a Mennonite publication of daily devotional readings. She also did research about mental illness for genetic studies and opened a Head Start program at Akron Mennonite Church.

Keeney was preceded in death by her parents, Kathryn Echard Keeney and William Leroy Keeney,
her sisters Betty Keeney Hill and Eleanor Keeney Myers, and her brother William (Willadene) Keeney. She will be dearly missed by her sisters Joan Keeney Ritchie of Riddle, Ind., and Martha Keeney (Jim) Thorpe of Hagerstown, Md.; and her children Brian (Janis) Preheim of Ephrata, Pa., Beth Preheim
(Michael Sprong) of Yankton, S.D., Jay Preheim of Newton, Lorie Preheim of Washington,
D.C., and Jan Preheim of Brookline, Mass. She will also be missed by her grandchildren Mathew
Preheim, Tumaini Preheim Pwelle, Steven Preheim Bartel, Laura Preheim Bartel and Aaron Preheim Bartel, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. March 19 at the Grand Central, 122 E. Sixth St in Newton.

Contributions in her memory may be made in service of any of the causes above or the Bluffton University Keeney Peace Lectureship (, which was established in 1978 by the
family of William Sr. and Kathryn Keeney to express appreciation for Bluffton?s influence and to strengthen the continuing peace witness among the community.

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