- July 3, 1953 - November 11, 2012
- Columbia, South Carolina
of Mary Devonald's Passing
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“She left a lasting impression on everyone she new. I am so glad to have had the time I had with Mary. She was a very special woman to say the least....Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Charles Sauro - Denver, CO
“Mary will certainly always remain in my heart and mind as she was a phenomenal woman! I graciously give her credit for personally guiding me in the...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Heather P Coleman - Columbia, SC
“I was shocked to hear this sad news yesterday. Mary was a very caring person and I'm so glad I got to know her. My thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Jolene - Tampa, FL - friend
“Mary was so much fun in high school at Dreher. She really was an inspirational person in all that she game back to the community, especially USC, and...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Susan L Hitchcock - Eatonton, GA
“My thoughts and prayers are with Dennis and the family. Mary was kind and inspirational to me when she managed the Fort Wayne, IN office. She helped...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Ruth (Dohring) Springer - IN
6 of 28 | Posted by: Andy and Janey Sloan - GA
“I had the pleasure of working with Mary for many decades. Always optimistic, cheerful and fun, she was a delight to be around. And someone I always...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: David Mcwilliams - Miami , FL
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and Mr Kennemur during this difficult time. So sorry for the loss of your Mother.
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8 of 28 | Posted by: Brandon Smith - Columbia, SC
“Dearest Dennis and Will,
You both have been on my mind since Monday morning when I got your message. You both know, firsthand, how incredibly...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Stephanie Johnson - Denver, CO
“I wanted to say that I worked with Mary when she was our Regional Director. Mary always treated everyone with kindness and respect no mater what our...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Mellie Polhill - Atlanta, GA
“Im so sorry for your loss. I pray that you will find peace and comfort in knowing that God is with you in this difficult time and always. Although, I...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Lee McElveen - Lugoff, SC
My prayers are with you and Will. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless.
CH Maguire III
12 of 28 | Posted by: Charles H. Maguire III - OH
“Serving with Mary during our time on the Mountains to Midlands Girls Scouts Board was always a pleasure. Mary will be remembered for her insight and...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Willie R. Bell - Aiken, SC
“Mary was a singular person. She would light up a room, make anyone/everyone feel incredibly special. Her humor, intellect, athleticism and zest for...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Susie Gallaher - santa fe, NM
“Mary was truly an inspiration. I remember her asking me to take her to a peanut shop here in Charleston when she was here on an office visit. At the...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Darrell Strickland - SC
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and her family during this time.
From another Merrill Lyncher, Gary Tipton
16 of 28 | Posted by: Gary Tipton - Alpharetta, GA
“Mary had a beautiful gift of sharing her Joy, Love, and Light! We will all miss her presence. Our thoughts and prayers are with her Family.
Marvin...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Marvin and Debbie Carver
“Dear Bowe, Edward, Dennis, and Mrs. Moorman, Keith and I were so deeply sorry to learn the news about Mary today. Please accept our deepest...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Caroline Williamson - Hartsville, SC
“You left your mark on this world sweet lady. Rest peacfully until we all join you one day. You will be so missed by your friends and family.
Mike...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Mike Moskal - Denver, CO - friend
“Mary, you will be missed. Always supportive of those who answered to you, quick to help those in need, you were truly a good soul. My thoughts and...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Stephen Brown - Rochester , NY
“The heavens are a little brighter now as a brilliant new star has joined the galaxy where she will shine on forever. Mary with her keen intellect,...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Heather Fox - Englewood, CO
“I was so shocked to hear of Mary's death. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences in your time of great sorrow. You and your family are in my...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: ROBIN ALL - West Columbia, SC
“My prayers are with Mary. She was one of the most cheerful and optimistic person I ever met. Her contributions will always make this world a better...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: David Mallach - Philadelphia, PA
“I was shocked and saddend by Mary's recent death. I had the honor and pleasure of serving with Mary on the South Carolina retirement pension...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Edwin Pearlstine - Charleston, SC
“WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS...OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU..BOB AND MARIE PRICE
25 of 28 | Posted by: ROBERT PRICE - COLUMBIA, SC
“My sincere condolences go out to Dennis, Will and the extended family in the loss of Mary. Mary was the true spirit of giving especially to those...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Jeffry Caswell - Columbia, SC
“My prayers go out to the Kennemur family during this difficult time. Mary will truly be missed as she touched so many.
27 of 28 | Posted by: Denise Wilkins - Atlanta, GA
“My deepest sympathy to the Kennemur family.My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
28 of 28 | Posted by: Betsy Dunbar Sawyer - Columbia, SC
Mary Devonald Moorman Kennemur
COLUMBIA - Mary Devonald Moorman Kennemur, 59, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012. Mary was born July 3, 1953, in Frankfurt, Germany, the daughter of Bertha Wilson Moorman and the late Robert Moorman, III. Mary grew up in Columbia and graduated from Dreher High School in 1971. After attending Sullins College in Virginia, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. While there, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority, played for the Women's Tennis Team, and made her debut at the Assembly and Cotillion Balls.
Mary's long and successful business career began with South Carolina National Bank in Columbia and Pawleys Island. Her career continued in Denver where she worked in the oil and gas business, and it was there that she met her husband, Dennis. Mary joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor in 1984 and soon moved into management. Her rapid rise at Merrill Lynch took the couple and their young son, Will, to Tampa, Fort Wayne, Rochester, and finally back to Columbia as the Complex Manager. Eventually, she became one of the seven national Managing Directors for Merrill Lynch, heading the Southeast region. Mary continued her work in the financial services industry as a consultant and financial advisor, most recently with JHS Capital Advisors and Vista Wealth Management.
Mary was an avid world-traveler. Her love of the West and its wide-open spaces took her to Sante Fe and Montana when she was young. She most loved spending time in her homes in Pawleys Island, SC, and Little Switzerland, NC.
Mary lived by her motto, "To whom much is given, much is expected." She gave wholeheartedly to her community, serving on the boards of the University of South Carolina, SC Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the Midlands, Girl Scouts of South Carolina, and Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. In addition, she was the first female member of the South Carolina Retirement Systems Investment Panel. She was also a member of the Regional Board of First National Bank of South Carolina, the Advisory Treasury Services Committee of Palmetto Health, the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, and the Coastal Conservation League. Mary belonged to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, the Assembly, Pine Tree Hunt Club, and Forest Lake Country Club.
She was a devoted supporter of the University of South Carolina: as the Darla Moore School of Business Distinguished Alumna, former Executive Director of the Business Partnership Foundation, a member of the Business Partnership Foundation Board of Trustees, a member of the Development Foundation, and a founding member of the Women's Athletic Mentor Program. She also established the Mary M. Kennemur Scholarship.
Mary's gifts were many. Her spirit, generosity, kindness, and wonderful sense of humor made her a most loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend to so many. Mary is survived by her husband, Dennis Bruce Kennemur, and their son, Robert Wilson Kennemur, her mother, Bertha Wilson Moorman, her brother, Robert Wardlaw Moorman (Eilene), of Columbia, and her sister, Bowe Moorman Pritchard (Edward), of Charleston.
Visitation will be held at Dunbar Funeral Home, 3926 Devine Street, Columbia SC 29205, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. Services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia SC 29201, Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 3 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Way of the Midlands, 1800 Main Street. Columbia SC 29201.