Mary Frances Renna KearnyAugust 26, 1921 ~ January 18, 2018 (age 96)
Mary Frances Renna Kearny, 96, of Amarillo, Texas went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday,
January 18, 2018.
Rosary will be at 6 p.m., on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. A
Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, January 22, 2018 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic
Church. Celebrant will be Msgr. Harold Waldow, and reading the liturgy will be The Rev. Dr. Jill Walters
of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Private family interment will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are
by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 South Georgia.
Mrs. Kearny was born on the family ranch in Fresno, Calif. on August 26, 1921. She graduated from
Edison High School in Fresno. She worked as an accountant for Mr. Edwards in the Hotel Fresno. Her
career was the source of many happy memories and great friendships before she met and married the
love of her life, James T. Kearny on October 18, 1950. She and Jim lived many places across the country
while following his career with Goodyear Tire and Rubber. But they loved their life and friendships in
Amarillo and chose to retire there. Mary and Jim belonged to St. Joseph’s Church, volunteering there
and in the parish school. Mary enjoyed liturgical study and Church Women United. They later were
founding members of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church where Mary served on the Parish Board
and was a past member of the Altar Guild. Mary was also a member of St. Anthony’s Hospital Auxiliary,
volunteering for over 40 years where she spent many Thursday mornings at the Information Desk with
her dear friend, Karolina Duniven. She also gave her time in the lunchroom at St. Andrew’s Episcopal
School where she could be with her grandchildren, who were the apple of her eye.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, on September 23, 1995; her sisters, Delia DiNatale and
Rose Ford; brothers, Ben Renna and Tom Renna; and priest and very dear friend, Msgr. Joseph Tash.
Survivors include a daughter, Kelly Kearny Roberts and husband Blaine of Amarillo, and their children,
Lauren Reinbach and husband Max of Austin, Texas, Ben Roberts of Dallas, Texas, and Andrew Roberts
of San Antonio, Texas; a daughter, Kathleen Witcher of Tucumcari, N.M., and her children, Jimmy
Witcher and wife Kim, and Kelly Witcher, all of Amarillo, Kristie Suffield and husband Taylor of Newnan,
Ga., and JT Witcher and wife Natalie of Nashville, Tenn.; nieces and nephews, Mary Ann Renna, Kathy
Signorello and husband Ed, Russell Renna and wife Marilyn, Tim Renna and wife Sharyn, and Dennis
Renna, all of Fresno; and numerous great nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials be made to Heal the City, 609 S. Carolina St., Amarillo, Texas 79106.