MAAPPN sadly notes the passing of Dezra Kenney, Past President, NE Chapter Psychiatric Nurses Association

Dezra L. Kenney, age 56 years of Lynn, formerly of Arlington and Quincy, died unexpectedly at her home. Born in Arlington she was the daughter of the Linda (Zwink) Peluso of Lynn. She attended schools in Quincy and graduated from North Quincy High School, Class of 1976. Dez graduated from Lemuel Shattuck Hospital School of Nursing, as a LPN, class of 1978, graduated from Catherine Laboure School of Nursing in Dorcester as a Registered Nurse. Dez earned her Nurse Practioners Degree, specializing in psychiatry and addiction, from Harvard College in Cambridge.


She was the owner of Kenney & Associates in Salem. Dez was a psychopharmacologist, and was a national speaker for a number of pharmaceutical companies and spoke all over the United States. She was Past President of the Psychiatric Nurses Association. Dez enjoyed traveling to Aruba and Barbados.

In addition to her mother she is survived by one brother Alan and his wife Dawn Kenney of Quincy, and two nephews Alex and Adam Kenney of Quincy.

Services Details: Dez’s visiting hours will be held at the Parker Funeral Home 35 Franklin St. Lynn on Saturday from 3:00 – 8:00 PM, to which relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral services will be private. Please make memorial donations to the Northeast Animal Shelter 347 Highland Ave. Salem, MA 01970.

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