Venessa Mae Hall McKay



Severna Park, Md.

Venessa Mae Hall McKay, 94, of Severna Park, Md., beloved wife, Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and cousin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. She was the daughter of the late Lawrence Vernon Hall Sr. and Edna Rose Hardison of Bar Harbor, where she grew up.

She was born on July 27, 1927, in Bar Harbor, graduating from Bar Harbor High School in 1946. She was on the high school basketball team. After graduating, she went to work at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, where she held multiple roles in administration, handling special accounts. Growing up, she had many friends and enjoyed going to the beach, swimming, dances and gardening. She especially loved spending time in Franklin as a young girl visiting her mother’s family.

In 1952, she married Charles Raymond McKay of Bar Harbor. After marriage she worked for DuPont Co. for a short period of time. She then devoted her time to raising their four children as the family moved frequently due to her husband’s job at DuPont. They lived in Penns Grove, N.J., Claymont, Del., New Brunswick, N.J., Arlington Heights, Ill., Rocky River, Ohio, and finally settling in Severna Park, Md., in 1968. She volunteered time at her children’s school, enjoyed listening to music and dancing, cooking, baking, reading, puzzles, cribbage, home decor, style and fashion, local and international travel, hosting bridge club and other social gatherings at their home. She worked for C.E. Stevens Packaging for a short period of time. Venessa loved her hometown of Bar Harbor, spending every family vacation at her family home in town, and at their waterfront McKay family camp at Hadley Point. After her husband’s retirement, their time was spent traveling between homes in Florida, Maryland and Maine.

Her love for all her family and friends will always be remembered. Her sweet and gentle nature touched everyone she met.

She is survived by her four children: Robert Stephen McKay (Gladney) of Severna Park, Md., Janice McKay Sorich (Michael) of Burbank, Calif., Patricia McKay of Annapolis, Md., and James Edward McKay (Carrie) of Bar Harbor; nine grandchildren: Dan, Carl, Raymond “Max,” Christina, Jamie (Devon), Stephen “Collin” (Kaley), Matthew, Melissa, Micaela; six great-grandchildren: Ava, Evelyn, Stephen, James, Owen and Trent; her sister Nancy Hall Dorsey (David) and brother Lawrence Hall Jr. (Lily); sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Lawrence McKay of Kennebunkport, Bernard McKay (Estelle) of Landenberg, Pa., James McKay (Ruth) of Hollis Center and Marjorie McKay of West Hartford, Conn.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Raymond McKay (August 2018).

A Maryland celebration of life will be held at a later date, details forthcoming.

Visiting hours will be held on June 23 from 5-7 p.m. at Jordan- Fernald Funeral Home, 1139 Main St, Mount Desert. Funeral services will be held on June 24 at 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 56 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, followed by internment in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Maryland: www.alz.org/maryland/donate, National Psoriasis Foundation: www.psoriasis.org/donate/, American Stroke Association: www.stroke.org, or National Stroke Association.

Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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