February 23, 1945 - May 11, 2020
Mary Nolen (nee: McKenna), affectionately known as “Myrt” passed away on May 11, 2020 at home with her family by her side after fighting a courageous battle with lung cancer. Born in Philadelphia on February 23, 1945 to Joseph and Elizabeth (nee: Wooten) McKenna. She spent her life in South Philly and was raised with her six brothers and sisters in a proud traditional Irish Catholic family. Myrt was loved by many and will always be remembered as a feisty, caring and loving “Boss” who enjoyed trips to the Atlantic City Casinos and spending time with her family at the Jersey shore. For many years some of their family’s fondest memories involved the summers they spent at their trailer which was located in Seashore Campsites in Cape May, New Jersey and loved the time she spent with her daughters and grandchildren there. Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, William Nolen, Sr., her son, William Nolen Jr, her grandson, Michael Keenen Jr. and siblings; Kathleen Sullivan, Joseph McKenna, Sammy McKenna and Charles McKenna. She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Christine Keenan and Joann Benson; her adoring grandchildren, Patrick, Kristilyn and Shawn; her brothers, James “Ikey” McKenna and Thomas “Porky” McKenna; and by her many devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. A Visitation will be held on Friday morning from 9-11am at the Murphy Ruffenach, Brian W. Donnelly Funeral Home, 3rd & Wolf Sts. A private Funeral Service and burial will follow in Fernwood Cemetery. Memorial donations in her name can be made to the St. Jude Research Hospital for Children, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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