Reaching Out to Others Through Quiet Generosity
Marney McKean was not the type of person who sought out the limelight. Although a self-described "average sort of person," Marney proved through her generosity that her giving spirit was more than average. Through outright gifts and a designated will bequest, Marney created a legacy that will forever touch the lives of individuals who benefit from the services of Taylor House Hospice.
The first hospice to be part of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, Taylor House is a 12-bed facility that offers comforting surroundings and exceptional care for terminally ill patients. Taylor House is named for Don and Dolores Taylor, the major donors to this hospice and family friends of Marney.
Before her death in December 2012, Marney spoke of her appreciation for Taylor House. "Taylor House is special to me because of Don and Dolores, and the fact that I thought we needed one on the east side," she said. "I took some friends to Taylor House on the opening day. I liked it, so I went to the man in charge and told him I would like to donate a room, and that was it," she explained. "It was one of those impulse things. I thought it was something that needed to be done, and I could do it. So I did it!
In addition to funding one of the 12 rooms in Taylor House, Marney had set up a bequest in her will to further her support. "I'm happy and blessed I can do it," she told us. "I'm not too sentimental. I'm too practical; that's more my nature," she added with a laugh. "If there is a way I can help, I do it."
Since Taylor House opened, Marney knew many individuals who benefited from its services, once noting, "There have been a number of people from Valley View who have used the services of Taylor House. It's well done and attractive."
The staff of Taylor House Hospice remains grateful for Marney's support over the years and that of thousands of other donors. Her compassionate spirit will be missed.