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Maurice C. “Maury” Kenily

Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, USA
Death 18 Jun 2014 (aged 81)
Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, USA
Burial Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 131651375 · View Source
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I have many fond memories of Maury. My first time ever meeting him was at the Community Theatre during rehearsals for "Big River." Watching him on stage was better than watching any of these big names on a movie screen. Maury didn't need computers and big explosions to make people watch. His stage presence alone could draw people in. He had a way of connecting with his fellow actors and the audience that many people lack. He could make a person's first time on a stage feel like they have been there forever.

Off stage he was equally amazing. He had a very large and generous heart. He was never shy with his hugs and was always ready with a quick joke to put a smile on a sad face.

Maury was a man who loved his friends, and who loved his family. Many hearts are broken today because we will no longer hear his voice, see his face, or watch him on stage.


Maurice C. Kenily, 81, of Zanesville, died at 9:31 A.M. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the Genesis Good Samaritan Emergency Room. He was born February 16, 1933, in Zanesville, a son of the late Charles Maurice "Shad" and Alice Caton Kenily. He was raised by his grandmother, the late Jennie Beatty, after his parent's death when he was young. He graduated from Lash High School, was a United States Army Veteran, received his BA of Fine Arts from the University of Houston and his BA of Sociology from Ohio University Zanesville, and retired after 32 years at Licking County Social Service. Maurice was a lifetime member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir for over 50 years, and served in many other capacities. He was a founding member of the Zanesville Community Theater where he acted and directed; the theater was his life. Maurice was a professional actor, having gotten his start in Houston, Texas, where he was an actor at the Alley Theatre and performed in off Broadway productions.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, whom he married September 14, 1968; two daughters, a son; and six grandchildren.

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  • Created by: Kristi Spinks
  • Added: 21 Jun 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 131651375
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maurice C. “Maury” Kenily (16 Feb 1933–18 Jun 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 131651375, citing Memorial Park Cemetery, Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Kristi Spinks (contributor 47298304) .