Kenny, Sophia & Sisters

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                                     SOPHIA KENNY & SISTERS
                                        By Margie Butler


MIRAMICHI – For a woman who doesn’t like to travel, Sophia Kenny has seen a lot of the world. Kenny has been to Africa, Portugal, Europe, United States, Bermuda and across Canada. “People keep talking me into taking the trips,” said Kenny.

Most of these people are her family, and there are a lot of them. Kenny comes from a family of 15, 13 of whom are living. “I have seven sisters and five brothers,” she said. We’re between the ages of 60 and 85. We try to keep in touch,” said Kenny. “When we can’t visit, we keep in touch by phone. We do try to get together every few years.”

The sisters were all able to get together this summer for a visit in Guelph, Ontario.

“It’s easier to get together in Ontario,” said Kenny. “Most of my sisters are there, and they can help each other outwith meals, etc., although some meals are eaten in restaurants. When we got together this time, we all went out to a restaurant, the waitress couldn’t believe we were all sisters, she ran to get her camera.”

Kenny, who was born 100 miles north of North Bay, Ontario, served in the motor vehicle branch of the armed forces during the war. That is how she met her late husband, Arthur. He was in the motor vehicle branch too and they were both stationed in Saint John. After the war they returned to the Miramichi, where Arthur is from.

The Kennys raised five children, two daughters and three sons. One daughter and two sons are in Ontario, while the other daughter and son live on the Miramichi. She also has eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Kenny said her grandchildren like to hear her stories about when she was young. “I tell them how hard we all worked when we were growing up. We all had our chores to do and responsibilities. I remember the hot days of summer when I wished I could go to the beach, but couldn’t because I had work to do. And we had to make do with what we had, but we were happy. They think my stories are out of this world.”

                                Wear your boots

One grandson was paying attention when she told stories about the war. “He invited me to his school for the Armistice Day ceremonies,” she said. “Come to my school, grandma,” he said, “and be sure to wear your army boots.”


Source: Miramichi Leader – November 17, 1995

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