Kathleen Elizabeth Condon Carney, 89, died peacefully in her home Nov. 11, holding the hand of her husband of nearly 65 years, Robert Carney. The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at St. Elizabeth Church. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at St. Elizabeth.
Mrs. Carney was born in Ottawa, Illinois, Feb. 12, 1927. Her family moved to Portland in 1937. She attended St. Phillip Neri School and St. Mary’s Academy. Kathleen was a cadet nurse at Providence School of Nursing, class of 1948. She was proud to be a registered nurse and let all her health care providers know she was “an old nurse.”
The couple enjoyed traveling, especially to Ireland to visit Mr. Carney’s family in County Mayo and to explore the beautiful country. Mrs. Carney was an official Irish whiskey taster for both Bushmills and Jameson’s. They went through the Panama Canal and cruised to Alaska, Mexico and the capitals of Europe. Feeling adventuresome, they visited their daughter Liz in Indonesia. Yearly, they attended USS Bush reunions for the shipmates Mr. Carney served with in World War II, making friends across the United States. Mrs. Carney’s favorite getaway was to Cannon Beach, their honeymoon destination in 1951. Mrs. Carney’s suitcase was always half packed and at the ready.
Mrs. Carney loved to give parties. She enjoyed sewing with her “We Care” friends to create baby layettes for low income moms. She was a story teller. Some of her favorite stories included: coming to Portland from St. Louis on the bus, growing up in St. Phillip Neri parish, her father John Condon making wine in the basement, and tales of her mother, Elizabeth. Mrs. Carney had a wonderful imagination and appreciation for beauty. She loved chocolate, champagne and pink flowers.
Mrs. Carney was mother to five children: Mike, Dan, Jim, Liz and Tom. She was grandmother of five and great-grandmother to one. She was the older sister to Patricia Abbott, Tom Condon and Jack Condon, the aunt of many nieces and nephews, and a treasured friend.
In lieu of flowers, Kathleen requested supporting research to cure breast cancer and Alzheimer Disease.