Dorothy Keeney Obituary (2021) – Greensboro, NC

Keeney, Dorothy Juliette Zaccardi

Dorothy Juliette Zaccardi Keeney, 88, died peacefully in Greensboro, NC on August 15, 2021.

Born in Provo, UT, to Oriente and Rosaria Zaccardi, Dorothy attended public schools, Brigham Young University in Provo, and Strayer’s Business College in Washington, DC. She married William Patrick Keeney on June 8, 1955. They were married for 60 years.

Dorothy was employed by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) in Washington, DC, and the Department of Energy in Idaho Falls, ID, and supported United States efforts to achieve and maintain safe and effective nuclear capabilities.

In the 1960s Dorothy lived in Thurso, Scotland, where William was hired by the AEC to advise the UK on fast neutron reactors. Both Scots and Scotland held a special place in Dorothy’s hearts as she made many lasting friends with whom she communicated for more than 50 years.

Classical music and playing her Steinway piano were her favorite pastimes. She was proud of her Italian heritage and enjoyed many conversations with her parents about her early life in Italy, discussing customs and relatives who were still there, and tracing the family heritage back to the 16th century.

Dorothy loved animals and had many cats and dogs that she adopted. She was an active member of the Weaver’s Guild of Idaho Falls and enjoyed working with raw sheep’s wool.

Dorothy would like to thank her medical team for their great care: Drs. Hal Stoneking; Mark-skains; John Matthews; Christopher Groat; Christopher Dickson; K. Alex Poole II; the drs. at Greensboro Radiology and Cone Hospital; and Michael Grodesky, Seattle.

She believes that her greatest achievement was being married to a kind, generous, and caring man and raising two wonderful children. She thanks her children for the excellent care of her father and her.

In death Dorothy precedes her husband, her parents, the brothers Julio, Ben and John and the sisters Gloria Chatterley, Isabella Segna and Norma Zaccardi. Dorothy leaves behind her children AnaMarie Keeney, Seattle, WA; and Stephen Keeney, Greensboro; and Viva, the loyal family dog.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Piedmont Hospice and Father Casey Coleman, the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Grace, for the care they gave Dorothy in her final days. Instead of flowers or other souvenirs, please consider donating to one of these organizations.

Published by Greensboro News & Record on August 22, 2021.

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