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Mary "Crazy Mary" Ellen Kennemer

January 3, 1957 — December 23, 2021

Mary "Crazy Mary" Ellen Kennemer

Mary was born January 3, 1957, in Bronx, New York to Robert and Catherine Meyn. As a child, she enjoyed playing with her six siblings, Kathy, Eileen (EiEi), Michael (Mike), James (Harry), Robert (Bob), and Richard (Richie). As a young lady, she also enjoyed cleaning and organizing along with her brother Michael. Mary and her sister and sidekick Kathy loved going to spend the weekends in the Bronx, with Grandma Reale in which they would get to swim in her awesome swimming pool. Mary loved her siblings dearly. She loved cooking, doing yard sales, and pecan picking with her sister Kathy, and sister of love Joanie. The three gals were known as the Golden Girl Divas. She looked forward to having meals and watching movies with her sister Eileen.

Mary had to grow up super fast as she became a mother with her oldest daughter Bonnie at age 15, and married her first husband Brian Bailey at age 16. Dawn was her next blessing at age 17, then her last gem was Alethea (Sugars), at age 21 with her husband Ray Bernal. She was married to Michael Kennemer (Mikey) for 5 years and together for 27 years and later divorced; however, Mary remained grateful for the years they had together and for helping with raising her girls.

Mary was always so full of life, love, and had a heart of gold like no other. Her contagious smile that lengthened beautifully from ear to ear would light up any room. She was always so giving and generous, even when she did not have much herself. She was also very funny and could find humor in any situation. Mary found joy in making someone smile from baking her famous pumpkin brownies, blondies, or cookies, to gift giving with her profound special notes. She especially loved doing these gestures for her grandkids Karisma, Kloe, Kyle, Kody, and Crimson. Her kind heart reached everyone around her near and far.

Mary was always so proud to have worked in the oilfield while being a roughneck. YES! She actually worked on an oil rig ~ lead tongs, and a special article was written about Mary at that time. Very cool and impressive. Mary also used her strong hands, mind, and body to help build Brantley Dam right here in Carlsbad. She earned mad respect from so many men and women as she could hang with the best of them.

Mary also enjoyed motorcycle riding and attending biker events, listening to music, loved antiques and trinkets.

Mary’s prideful and kind spirit was the perfect example to witness in the Carlsbad community. She would stop to pick up trash off of the streets, sweep up broken glass, and would give the shirt off her back. Mary never met a stranger and loved without boundaries. Oh goodness, you knew when Crazy Mary was around, because she was the loudest person and made her grand entrance, especially at all the sporting events for her daughters, and grandchildren. We believe due to her large family that she was raised, one had to be loud to be heard. This always makes everyone chuckle a bit. Please know that Mary loved all her friends who were also family wholeheartedly and to the core as well. It is very evident she was crazy about her sons of love, Trey and David.

Mary was so very proud of her daughters for pursuing and accomplishing things in their lives, that she was not able to. As a grandmother, her eyes lit up with joy and her lovely face with a special glow when her grandchildren were around. The grands were her inspiration and motivation. She enjoyed every single one of those moments.

Proud Precious Momma and Grandma Mary
Keep On Rolling! We love and miss you dearly our everlasting gorgeous, beautiful, and amazing angel. We know God has you right in the center of his hands without fail and surrounded by all the purple flowers you could ever want and long for. You are so worthy of this peace, and we find solace knowing you are with the GREATEST!

Services for Mary will be on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Denton Wood Funeral Home from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Within the first hour, eldest daughter Bonnie will open with a prayer and speak, then we encourage any and all stories of Mary to be shared. It will be a come and go atmosphere, with viewing of a slideshow with music. Please join us to celebrate Mary’s life. Her spirit runs deep, long, and continuously. Cherish the days.

Mary was preceded in death by her father, Robert Meyn; mother, Catherine Meyn; and three siblings: Richard “Richie” Meyn, Robert "Bob" Meyn, and James “Harry” Meyn.

Mary is survived by her three children: Bonnie McKenzie of Carlsbad, NM; Dawn Daniell and husband, Trey of Carlsbad, NM; and Alethea “Sugars” Perez and husband, David of Albuquerque, NM; five grandchildren: Crimson McKenzie, Kyle Daniell, Kody Daniell, Karisma Perez, and Kloe Perez; three siblings: Kathy Voyles and husband, Lonnie of Lovington, NM; Eileen Meyn of Carlsbad, NM; and Michael Meyn of Pennsylvania; sister of love, Joannie Meyn of Carlsbad, NM; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary had a true appreciation for Christmas Anonymous. If you would like to make a donation to that organization, please do in her name. You can make donations to Ray Anaya’s Christmas Anonymous by going to Financial Security Credit Union at 1105 W. Pierce St., Carlsbad, NM 88220 and ask for it to be deposited in their account. The foundation’s treasurer Jasmine Sosa works there. Or you mail your contributions to: PO Box 655 Carlsbad NM 88221. Condolences may be expressed online at

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