Edna Carolyne McCown

Edna Carolyne McCown

AMENIA — Dr. Edna Carolyne McCown, 76, an eight-year resident of Amenia, formerly of Brooklyn, New York, died peacefully on Jan. 25, 2024, at her home in Amenia. Dr. McCown was a retired program director at the Goethe-Institut in New York City and a freelance translator of German literature throughout her career.

Born Aug. 27, 1947, in Florence, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late William R. and Ernestine K. (Allen) McCown. She received her doctorate degree from SUNY Stony Brook. On Jan. 16, 2010, in Durham, Connecticut, she married Dr. Nancy F. McKenzie, who survives her at their home in Amenia.

Dr. McCown was active in Food of Life Pantry and The Giving Garden at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia Union. She also was a longtime advocate for the new Amenia Free Library and supporter and visitor of favorite creatures at the Sharon Audubon Center.

In addition to her loving wife, Edna is survived by her sister, Carolyne Bobine McCown of The Villages, Florida, and many friends in Amenia, New York, California, Frankfurt and Berlin.

A celebration of Edna’s life will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the following organizations in Edna’s memory: Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 2174, Pen America, 588 Broadway, Suite 33, New York, NY 10012, St. Thomas Episcopal Church-Food of Life Pantry, 40 Leedsville Rd., Amenia, NY 12501 or Amenia Free Library, P.O. Box 27, Amenia, NY 12501.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton, NY 12546. To send an online condolence to the family or to plant a tree in Edna’s memory please visit www.conklinfuneralhome.com

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