Marcia Louise Kruenen Endowment established at Northwest

The Marcia Louise Kreunen Endowment has been established by Kim and Tina Kreunen of Southaven in memory of Kim’s mother, Marcia Louise Kreunen, as a tribute to her life of loving service to her family and to her ministry with Holt International Children’s Services.

Born in 1932 in Kansas City, Kreunen lived in Southaven for the last 21 years. She died at the age of 85 in May of this year.

As a board member for 24 years with Holt International Children Services, she escorted children from their country of birth to the United States, placing these children in the arms of their awaiting adoptive family. This ministry was an important part of her life, and she often reminded parents that “adoption isn’t second best.”

Kreunen was devoted to her family of five children, Kim (Tina) Kreunen, Krista Lynn (Andreas) Schauffler, Suzie Michelson, Connie (Gin) Beck, Dodie Kreunen, eight grand-children; four great-grandchildren, and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathryn Anne Kreunen, about whom Kreunen said “she was a precious gift that God shared for a while.” Kathryn died at the age of five.  A scholarship to honor Kathryn’s memory was established at Northwest in 2005.

A member of Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis and later Maples Memorial Methodist Church in Olive Branch, she enjoyed the bus trips with her church friends. She was also an avid gardener, enjoying planting, tending, and sharing.

In establishing the endowments, the Kreunens described Marcia as a lady with a caring and generous heart who always placed the needs of others above her own. Kim remembers bringing her to the annual scholarship ceremonies so that she could meet the students who were receiving Kathryn’s scholarship. “It was the highlight of her year. She also enjoyed receiving the thank you notes from the students,” Kim said.

“We at Northwest understand that while the main purpose of establishing a scholarship is to help students, there is another very important reason and that is to honor people who have made a difference in our lives. It is obvious that Mrs. Marcia Kreunen was a truly remarkable lady of compassion, grace, and service.  It is our honor to have a scholarship that bears her name, and we thank Kim and Tina for this generous gift,” Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl said.

The scholarship will be awarded to students who have chosen nursing and construction-related pathways in their studies at Northwest.

For more information, contact the Foundation Office at 662-560-1112.

Pictured: Dr. Michael Heindl (left), president of Northwest Mississippi Community College, is shown with Tina and Kim Kreunen of Southaven as they have presented a gift of $50,000 to the Northwest Foundation to establish a scholarship in memory of Kim’s mother, Marcia Louise Kreunen. (Photo submitted)

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