Friday, March 30, 2007

Anniversary of Ollie McNay's Death

Anniversary of Ollie McNay's Death PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 March 2007

Image Monday, April 2 marks the first anniversary of my mother, Ollie McNay’s death.

The death of my mother and sister in the same year has been one of the toughest challenges my family ever faced. We are moving forward and doing well.

Through mom and Theresa’s death, I have been able to re-connect to several childhood friends and it has been great to have them in my life again.

I am enclosing some articles that give you a better idea of who she was. I particularly enjoyed the second column about a collector for MBNA bank who claimed to talk to her a couple of months after she died. I wish he really could have talked to mom. For several reasons.

I made a very tough decision to list mom’s house for sale. My nephew, Nick McNay, oversaw an extensive renovation project and did an amazing job. I am enclosing a link to the various pictures. For those of you who saw the house before the renovation, it is an entirely different world.

llie and Theresa McNay Scholarship Fund PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 March 2007

My sister, Theresa, and I made the decision at mom’s death to create the Ollie McNay Nursing Scholarship at Eastern Kentucky University.

The scholarship is designated for a nursing student who is a single parent at Eastern Kentucky University. Ideally the student will be from Kenton County or Northern Kentucky.

When Theresa died in October, we changed the name of the scholarship to the Ollie and Theresa McNay Nursing Scholarship.

Theresa was not a nurse but a single parent like my mom. It seemed appropriate.

The fund needed $10,000 to be endowed. It made the $10,000 goal, primarily from people who read my newspaper column online. Most of the contributions were in the $25 to $50 range.

I am truly grateful for the outpouring of support. It meant a lot to me and my family at a very difficult time.

Now of course, I am asking you to give again. I would appreciate any contribution you can make.

You can send donations to:

Ollie and Theresa McNay Nursing Scholarship, EKU Foundation, Eastern Kentucky University, CPO 19A, 521 Lancaster Ave, Richmond, KY 40475

Eastern Kentucky University allows you to make donations via credit card. Since mom was apparently speaking to credit card company representatives well after her death, it may be the appropriate way to go.

If you donate online, please designate the Ollie and Theresa McNay Scholarship in the right corner.