Margaret “Peg” Shene, 81, passed away peacefully on September 11, 2016. Peg was born on March 1, 1935 in Amsterdam, N.Y. to George and Ruth Reid. After graduating from Wilbur H. Lynch High School, she attended Plattsburgh State Teachers’ College in Plattsburgh, N.Y. While there, she met her future husband, Robert C. Shene. They were married on June 25, 1955 and had three children.
After many moves, they arrived in Kansas City in 1969. Seeking to support her children as a single mother, Peg worked for Kelley Services demonstrating products at Macy’s, sold carpet at J.C. Penney, started her own catering company, prepared the dinners for the Bell Road Barn Theater and, ultimately, became head of food services for the Heartland Presbyterian Center. For ten years she ran the kitchen with an iron hand, teaching staff how to cook, serve, set tables, to follow rules, to use proper grammar and, above all, love life and each other. After retiring in 2000, she traveled around the world for three months, planning the trip herself and traveling alone. Upon returning, she found herself bored and went to work for Price Chopper as a cashier, a job she loved until retiring in 2015.
Travel was her passion and travel she did. In addition to her trip around the world, she traveled to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, the South Pole, the North Pole, Norway, Scotland, Africa, Mexico, Argentina, Israel, Egypt and nearly every state in the U.S. Fearless and determined, she saw the world.
A member of Parkville Presbyterian Church for 47 years and an elder, her faith was paramount in her life. She lived her religion, always putting others ahead of herself and finding the good in all people. Peg is preceded in death by her parents and her grandson, Christopher Wright. She is survived by her daughter Betsy Kearney (John), sons David Shene and John Shene (Sheridan), grandchildren Erin Seyfrid, Kyle Wright, Morgan Shene and Connor Shene and her brother, David Reid.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Parkville Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 24 at 11:00, with a “Peg worthy” luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Parkville Presbyterian Church or Heartland Presbyterian Center.