M. Neoma Kinney – Herrin January 29, 2013

HERRIN — Margaret Neoma (Counce) Kinney passed away peacefully Jan. 29, 2013, in Parkway Nursing Home in Marion.

Neoma was born Dec. 10, 1919, to George and Nina Counce of Hurst.

She had a brother George Counce (Reba); a sister, Lila Lee (Counce) Garrison of Dupo.

Her son Dennis E. Kircher (Marilyn) of Columbia, survives.

Neoma married Edward E. Kinney May 15th, 1954 in Dupo. They shared 49 years of marriage.

Neoma worked as a ticket manager for 32 years at SIU Carbondale in the athletic P.E. and recreations office as an administrative assistant. She took care of the scholarships, athletic event ticket sales, insurance and all trip arrangements. Neoma was the first woman to receive the Service to Southern Award the third year it was given. She and “Ede” moved to Herrin, after retirement.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Herrin, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Carbondale Elks.

Survivors include son, Dennis E. Kircher and wife, Marilyn of Columbia; nephew, Richard Lee Garrison and wife, Susan of St. Louis; nieces, Rebecca Madden and husband, Fred of Prarie Du Rocher, Carol Sue Born and husband, George of Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by parents, George and Nina (Price) Counce; husband, Edward E. Kinney; sister, Lila Counce Garrison and brother, George Counce.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff and care givers at Parkway Manor in Marion.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in First Christian Church in Herrin, with the Rev. Ron Henwood officiating. Interment will be in Mulkeytown Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Herrin.

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