Freida Eloise Kenney - McClain (Schomer)
(1917 - 2011)

Freida Eloise Kenney - McClain (Schomer)

May 19, 1917

United States of America
October 27, 2011

Teaching Public School Music and Family and BEING MOTHER
This site is dedicated to Freida Eloise Kenney - McClain. She was born to Bertha and Christian Schomer in Fresno, Calif. and passed away about 3;15pm in Eureka Calif. at the age of 94. Freida was the youngest of 6 children and the last surviving of her family. Her husband Alfred Walter Kenney passed away in 1980 in Sacramento, California. She went 15 years never intending to be ever married again. Her grandmother was Fidelia Swanson Bolin Garis. Her siblings were Lucille Smith, Leonard Schomer, Leo Schomer, Marie Cleason, Margaret Schomer. After Alfred died(and 15 yrs. later, she married David Henry McClain). She was a wife again for 3.5 years-. She lived in Fresno Ca. on blackstone ave. then 715 University avenue. She was a graduate from Fresno High School, attended Fresno State College, married on June 1 1941 at the Westminster Presby. Church in Fresno. She taught first grade in Jane Adams School in Fresno until 1961 when the family moved to Sac. (5925 Ranger Way- carmichael,Ca) and then she taught at Charles Peck Elem.She retired in 1975 having taught 36 years. Charles her son also taught school music in San Juan Unified Sch. Dist. for 39 years with a masters degree. Freida had a stroke March 22 1999. She spent her last years in a wheel chair but never lost her sense of humor - which allowed Chuck to bring out in her whenever they were together. She got her dream vacation by going to Maui Hawaii at the age of 90 (as a birthday present). A dream she shared with Alfred and with David McClain- but finally realized with Joan and Chuck. She did what seemed impossible- went everywhere despite her being in a wheel chair.
The Lord Blessed us with her presence for our life time, and we will never forget her. Freida is placed in the FOLSOM CEMETARY- NEAR sacramento calif.- along with Dave McClain and Alfred Kenney is in Fresno cemetary (near the frwy.-belmont ave cemetary-family plot)

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Freida's self-sacrificing character was instrumental in being the example for her family. She acted selflessly, adjusting and coping with all situations. Her motto was ''Peace at any price'' She was conservative, didn't spend more than necessary or herself or her needs. She ''made do'' and did without personal wishes to pay off accumulated bills. Whenever there were excessive costs, she cut back on her own needs to compensate. She never wanted to have people go out of their way to accomdate HER WISHES. You'd have to give to FREIDA, since she'd never ask for anything for herself. She was fiesty, witty, playful and very caring. I remmeber her coming to my aid (as a child) whenever she believed she could help me. She folded the daily newspaper when I had a paper-route. She drove me around my route when it rained. She stayed up late at night to help me study for next day test. She brought me snacks while I practiced my piano lesson. She attended my concerts, and she was the best loving disciplinarian a son could have. I was so very fortunate to have been loved by Freida- MY LOVING MOTHER, MOM AND CARETAKER. She came to my house daily for a year to have a ''through the bible readings'' with all our family. She came over to my house just to ''get concerns off her chest'' and share with me many of the ''inner thoughts'' she locked up over the years. What a wonderful lady.

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Freida E. Schomer was married to ALFRED WALTER KENNEY- from 1941 June 1 to 1980 (dec 7, 1980)My dad b. 0ct 23, 1913 died Dec 7, 1980) He was a graduate of Westminster Choir college (in Princeton N.j.) did workshops with dr. j.f.williamson IN SAN ANSELMO CA. taught music in Kerman High sch. and then moved to sac. and taught music at John Barrett jr. high.. we lived at 5925 Ranger way in Carmichael ca. and my dad was instrumental at getting me into being a musician and music teacher (in sac. san juan unified sch. district) ALKFRED was superb as a musician - singer, musician and teacher, he put his heart and money into his profession , getting me to experience the best teachers available in music... I owe so much to him and his dedication to family and church, his faithfulness to the gospel and family were inspirational.. (my son david-lives in texas is a minister also) Alfred sang solos in church , directed the church choir, sang MESSIAH solos and I have recordings of his singing -powerfully... he played clarinet in his youth until a car accident cause him the loss of two fingers on his right hand making him feel selfconscious about appearance.. we was wonderfully dressed and so good looking, taught me about buying good looking clothes even in my youth... he taught me work ethic and excellence in performance, ii took piano lessons FROM ELLA KOHLER and cello lessons from MALCOLM DAVIDSON (fresno) and and learned my music and singing skills in workshops from JOHN FINLEY WILLIAMSON (president and director of Westminster Choir College touring choir) so my dad (Alfred) got ME TO EXPERIENCE the best in people, leadership and performance one could have... my dad encouraged me to teach public school telling me that the ''kids'' needed GOOD TEACHERS , good men teachers and good skilled trained music teachers,, I have never regretted not teaching college and taking my dad's advice to teach public school … so rewarding and so challenging to me personally... thank you to both my parents ALFRED AND FREIDA KENNEY the best parents a family could have.. i'm so so grateful to themn and to GOD MY FATHER...
Charles-Alfred Kenney (first born (son))
October 7th, 2018
MY MOM - freida kenney- read me stories at night,(as I did for my kids)came to my performances(what I did for my kids)shared joyful laughter with me, (as I did for my kids)she was 'best mom ever' at all times. I played my latest church songs for her in her last days and she gave me 'thumbs up'. Her contribution of music to my life was my contribution to her in her last moments to remember me.Love you so much mom, i want to always make you proud of me
(chuck - your always loving son)
chuck kenney (NO. 1 son)
April 10th, 2012
I remember her coming to the rehearsals of the American River College Orchestra in her wheel chair to hear her son, Chuck, play cello in the orchestra. She loved the music and passed that trait on to her son. Rest in peace!
Jerry Lopes
November 13th, 2011
This is the memorial I set up for Freida Eloise Kenney - McLain. To sign the guest book, click on the "Sign Guest Book" button below.
chuck kenney
November 12th, 2011
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"Im Freida's son, (her 'no.1 song'' as she called me) I look at her 'picture' daily, she smiles at me and I smile right back at her. i listen to her phone msgs, she says ''hi chuck'' and i say, ''hi mom'' she set a great example for me "
chuck kenney
April 9th, 2012


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