Doris McKenna

  • Died: October 10, 2020
  • Location: Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Doris McKenna, 1930-2020

Doris McKenna, 90, of Blue Bell, died October 10, 2020, after living with cancer for many years. She was so proud of her family and celebrated their joys and successes even as her own health declined. Doris kept her positive spirit and good humor to the very end.

Doris Ann Hill was born in 1930 in Englewood, NJ, the second child of David Baldwin Hill and Mary Grace McCormack. Growing up in Teaneck, NJ, she loved to visit cousins in Claryville, NY, and eventually working summer jobs in Manhattan.

Her parents saved diligently to be able to send her brother, Dave, to college; after he fought in World War II and the GI Bill paid for his education, Doris became the beneficiary of the funds so she could go to college herself. Finding herself at Albright College in Reading, PA, she studied home economics, was crowned May Queen, and met John McKenna.

She and John were married in 1952, settling first in Coatesville and then, for the next 38 years, in Plymouth Township, where they raised 5 children, became devoted parishioners at Epiphany of Our Lord Church, and built a home that was always filled with music and laughter. Doris worked as a teacher and later as a salesperson at Strawbridge and Clothier in the Plymouth Meeting Mall. She and John loved summer vacations in Sea Isle City with their children and grandchildren.

Just as they were embarking on retirement and making plans for travel and adventure, in 1992, John died. His loss was a great shock to the family, but Doris found it within herself to be the steady rock for her children and grandchildren even as she was mourning her beloved husband. Over time, she went on to start a new chapter of her own life built around her immediate and extended family, friends, and community. In John's absence, she took her role as head of the family incredibly seriously, gathering her loved ones for meals and conversation as often as she could.

In 2001, Doris found a companion for the next 14 years in John Thompson, a widower introduced by mutual friends. Until his death in 2015, Doris and John traveled and visited with friends, and attended innumerable sporting events, plays, and graduations for both of their grandchildren.

Doris was fortunate to find a community of people enjoying their later years at the retirement community of Normandy Farms Estates in Blue Bell. She stayed active in both politics and lighthearted endeavors, with likeminded friends in the Free Spirits, the Concerned Citizens, Rumikub and canasta groups, and various dinner groups, always making sure that new arrivals to the community felt welcome.

She faced tragedy again in 2016 with the death of her daughter Mary Kay Dionne. And again she served as the rock for her family, supporting her loved ones with wisdom and compassion even as she experienced her own grief.

Doris loved assembling the perfect outfit, she liked her beverages served incredibly hot, and she adored Penn State football.

She leaves behind her children Louann Moos (Chris) of Lansdale, Kevin McKenna (Mary) of Whitehall, Mich., Judy Pecharo (Bob) of Plymouth Meeting, and Christy Lightfoot (Carl) of Lansdale; son-in-law Jim Dionne of Lansdale; 13 grandchildren ranging from Pennsylvania to San Francisco to Singapore; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous spouses and partners whom she always treated like her own. She is also survived by her brother, David Hill, Jr., of Albuquerque, NM.

Besides her husband and daughter, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Bonnie (Beaver) McKenna of Muskegon, Mich.

Immediate family will gather to celebrate Mass in her memory at St. Helena Church in Blue Bell on October 20 at 10 am. Services will be held privately, but Doris' memorial Mass will be live streamed at

Doris will be buried next to her husband and mother in Calvary Cemetery, Conshohocken.

Anyone moved to honor her memory can contribute to the John J. McKenna '50 Memorial Scholarship Fund at Albright College, established to help the education of students pursuing elementary or secondary education, by contacting the Development Office, Albright College, P.O. Box 15234, 19612-9952 or visiting

Condolence & Memory Journal

Hello Cousins, We were so sorry to hear this news. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. We have fun memories of our times together many years ago! Dave and Norma's kids- Laurie, Kathy, Sandy and Scott.

Posted by Laurie Johnson - Albuquerque, NM - Family   October 24, 2020


What a Beautiful Mass! Hugs and prayers of comfort to all of you. Doris definitely was very special and you were all blessed by her. Judy, your niece did a fabulous job in speaking of her memory. God bless xoxo

Posted by Lisa Schrader - Collegeville, PA - Coworker   October 20, 2020

Judy - my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you had with your Mother and family. Sending you hugs. XOXO Cathy Marinucci

Posted by Cathy Marinucci - Ambler, PA - Coworker   October 20, 2020

The McKenna family were the best neighbors that anyone could ever have. Doris wasn't just a neighbor, but a very dear friend. A little secret, she liked the warmth of the tea mug. She always liked to put her hands around the mug but she didn't really touch it when it was hot. She always lent a loving ear and never criticized. We had many great talks. She will be missed by a lot of people Gods blessings on the family

Posted by Joyce Fair - East Norriton, PA - Family Friend   October 17, 2020

Thoughts and prayers for Doris and the entire family.

Posted by Ron Flaherty - Blue Bell, PA - Coworker   October 16, 2020

Love you Aunt Doris

Posted by Geraldine Baumann - CampHill, PA - Family   October 14, 2020

Louann, so sorry for your loss, keeping your family in our thoughts & prayers.

Posted by Melanie Cassar - Lansdale, PA - Coworker   October 14, 2020

May the Good Lord grant you eternal rest n let perpetual light shine upon you as you reunite with your loved ones, Above.
Rest In Peace, dear Doris.

Posted by May Chee - Melaka, Malaysia - Family   October 14, 2020

She was a wonderful aunt! The Lorenc family always loved getting together with her, Uncle John, and the rest of the McKenna family.

Posted by Mark Lorenc - Endwell, NY - Family   October 14, 2020

Sincerest condolences to my old friend Louann and her entire family. I remember spending time at your home and your devoted mother. I know you have wonderful memories to get you through this difficult time.

Posted by isabel alcoff - penn valley, PA - Friend   October 14, 2020

That was such a nice obituary. Aunt Doris was such a wonderful person. She will truly be missed. Your mother and family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Marilyn Stoecklein - Palm harbor, FL - Family   October 14, 2020

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