Stephen J. McKenna


FARMINGTON – Stephen John McKenna, 85, of Livermore Falls, formerly of Rumford, went to be with his Lord on July 28, surrounded by his loving family at the Sandy River Center for Health Care in Farmington.

He was born May 3, 1922, in Rumford, the son of James and Mary (Walsh) McKenna. He attended Stevens High School in Rumford, but did not graduate. On March 3, 1954, he received his GED from Stevens High School. This determination followed him his entire life, not letting anything stop him from pressing on.

On July 2, 1945, he married Claramay Payne of West Paris and they had three daughters. He retired from Oxford Paper Co. in Rumford after 41 years of service. While living in Rumford he attended St. John’s Church and loved to take long walks with his daughter, Gloria.

After his retirement in 1984, he and Claramay moved to Livermore Falls to live with their daughter, Sylvia and her husband, Bob Sanders, where he spent many hours with his two grandsons whom he loved very much. He also greatly enjoyed the visits from his daughter, Ruth, and her husband, Todd Crandall, and his granddaughter, Cathy.

For the past six years he was a resident at Sandy River Center for Health Care in Farmington, where he was given wonderful and loving care by the staff. He made many friends who came to know his gentle spirit and determination. All who knew him were truly blessed and he will be greatly missed until we cross that river and meet again. He also enjoyed church services at Sandy River, where he gave his life to the Lord. Thanks to the Lord for working through Light House Baptist Church and a special thanks to Dick Mitchell. Thanks to all the churches, pastors and lay people that come in and bring forth the message of Jesus’ love to the residents. Thanks to Sandy River for the many activities they supply.

He is survived by his three daughters, Ruth Sharon Crandall and her husband, Todd, of Tennessee, Gloria Ann McKenna of Mexico, and Sylvia Sanders and her husband, Bob, of Livermore Falls; three grandchildren, Catherine Payne and her husband, Danny, of Lexington, N.C., Jacob Sanders and his wife, Athena, of Jay, and Kevin Sanders of Jay; five great-grandchildren, Avery and Braxton Payne of Lexington, N.C., and Gavin, Bretteney and Ian Sanders of Jay; two special sisters-in-law, Evangeline Chandler and Donna Easter, of North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Claramay; two sisters, Kathleen Holland and Lorene Thibodeau; and his brother, Billy McKenna, with whom he shared a very strong bond with since childhood.

Stephen will be sorely missed by one and all.