Alison C. McKenna passed away on November 17, 2019 at home with her daughter and son by her side. Born in Wilmington, she was the only child of James Allison Collins and Helen Marguerite Witsil Collins.
Alison attended Richardson Park Elementary School and graduated in 1957 from Tower Hill School. Upon graduation from Tower Hill School, she earned the girls athletic award and was offered several college scholarships. She attended Hollins College (now University) in Roanoke Virginia.
Alison worked for the duPont Company eight years during which time she married John J. McKenna and they had a son. Alison was a stay-at-home mom for awhile and she and Jack had a second child, a daughter.
In January 1973, Alison returned to Tower Hill to work in the alumni/development office where she wrote hundreds of letters, organized numerous reunions and annual giving programs. She was also involved with the fundraising for the Walter S. Carpenter II field house. In the eighties Alison was promoted to director of development. In that role she oversaw the building and fundraising for the Pierre S du Pont Performing Arts Center, the 75th anniversary celebration, and the all-school renovation.
Alison retired from Tower Hill School in 2005. In 2009 she was awarded the Founders’ Achievement Award for exemplary service to Tower Hill. She continued with fundraising for a few non profits for a short time. After that she donated her time to arts and crafts. Alison’s most enjoyable role was supporting the headmaster with his many projects and plans throughout the years. She was always willing to take on new tasks, duties, and special events.
Alison was predeceased by her parents and, in 1991, her husband Jack. She is survived by her son Sean Michael McKenna (Janie) of Mechanicsburg, PA; daughter Jennifer Lea McKenna of Wilmington, DE; and grandsons Patrick Thomas McKenna of Middletown, DE, and Colin Michael McKenna (Michelle) of Lemoyne, PA.
The family would like to thank the staff of Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, as well as therapists Caitlin and Kyle. Special thanks go to Anthony Mackiewicz and Claire Johnston for their help during this most difficult time. Many others made the time easier with visits, notes, gifts, and calls. We thank them all.
There will be a visitation for family and friends from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Tuesday December 3rd, 2019, followed by a short service at Mealey Funeral home, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19808. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Alison to Tower Hill School 2813 W. 17th Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19806.