Atlantic City, NJ – The Miss America Organization honors the memory of Miss America 1940 Frances Burke Kenney, who passed away in her home at the age of 95. Frances hailed from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and entered the Miss America Competition as Miss Philadelphia. After winning the Miss America title, Frances worked as a successful model. Despite opportunities in Hollywood, she chose to stay close to her family in Philadelphia.
Frances is survived by her loving husband of 72 years Lawrence Kenney, she was a devoted mother of her daughters, Missy Kenney and Wendy Kenney, and sons, Lawrence and William, and had 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, oversees a national network of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $17 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.