On February 2, 2004 EULA REBECCA KEARNEY, a retired Maryland General nurse, who devoted 60 years to her profession and a lifetime to the service of God and others, died of respiratory failure at Howard County General Hospital. She was 81 and lived in Ellicott City at the Rose Manor Assisted Living facility. Ms Kearney was born on Sept. 6, 1922 in Franklinton, NC, and moved to Baltimore City in 1941, when she began her nursing studies at City Hospital (now Bayview), working as a nursing aide and LPN. Her long career at Maryland General Hospital began in Feb. of 1943, when she entered their nurses' training program. Graduating with her RN in 1946, she served in various capacities including the Night Supervisor, the Day Supervisor and Assistant Director of Nursing Services. She received her BS in Nursing in 1970 from the University of Maryland. After her many years of supervisory work, she devoted her last eighteen years on the job to full-time night duty nursing, thus returning to what drew her to her profession in the first place, providing the best possible care for the patients of Baltimore. She retired on September 1, 2001 due to complications of Parkinson's Disease. Over the same 60 years she was nursing, Ms. Kearney was also a devoted and active member of Seventh Baptist Church, where she acted as deacon for many years, attended Bible classes on Wednesday nights, Sunday school and church services until the Parkinson's Disease made it physically impossible for her to do so. All who knew her agree that she also lived the Christian life to the fullest; her generosity, kindness, and selflessness touched so many people who were lucky enough to know her. Ms. Kearney's interests outside of work and church included family, sports, and travel to places such as Africa, China, Russia, and the Holy Land. In recent years, she also enjoyed many bus trips and outings with her sister Polly. She is survived by her sisters Polly and Ada Kearney and "honorary sister" Lena Patsy Barefoot; nephew Tony Kearney and his wife, Janet, many cousins, nephews, nieces and their families. Parents William (Briff) Ellis Kearney and Lena Moss Kearney, brothers Otis, Merman, Troy, Vernon (Monk), and Glen, and sisters Elsie and Zelma are all deceased. A Memorial Service is planned for February 21, at her beloved Seventh Baptist Church, 30 E. North Ave, located at the corner of St. Paul and North Ave in downtown Baltimore. Light refreshments will be available after the service in the church hall. Ms Kearney's unusual generosity and love of learning inspired her to donate her body to the Anatomy Board of Maryland where, even in death, she will continue to help others. In lieu of flowers, she further requested that donations be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association (APDA), 1250 Hylan Blvd., Suite 4B, Staten Island, NY 10305

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