Olga Shamblin Kennedy

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Olga Shamblin Kennedy, 97, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2014. She was born on July 24, 1917 in Broomtown, Ala. the daughter of the late John and Ernestine Shamblin. Olga grew up in Centre, Ala. and was graduated from Jacksonville State Teachers College (JSU). She lived a fascinating life beginning with her first teaching job in Forney. She also worked for Alabama Power until moving to the northeast during WWII. She worked at the American Red Cross Headquarters in Washington, DC and then lived in New York with her husband, George Kennedy, where she became the director of personnel training at Bergdorf Goodman. Olga and George moved back to Alabama in 1952, and she returned to her passion of teaching first grade at Woodstock Elementary School. She returned to her alma mater Jacksonville State University where she taught in the geography department. Olga was a dedicated teacher and admired by students of all ages. Not only did she teach school, but she also was committed to civic organizations in Anniston and Jacksonville, such as Concern for Children, the Historical Preservation Society, Knox Music Series, Friends of International House and Friends of the Houston Cole Library. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. But above all else, Olga was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend to so many. Olga is survived by her only child, Susan Brown and her husband, Ronny, of Charlotte, N.C.; one grandson, Spencer Brown and his wife, Courtney; one granddaughter, Margaret Brown and two great-grandchildren, Lauchin and Carson Brown, all of Charlotte, N.C. Many thanks are extended to the staff at NHC where she lived for the past 6 years, and most especially to her caregiver, Caroleen Crumley, who had become a part of her family. A celebration of her life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on January 3, 2015 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jacksonville State University Foundation, Inc. for the Harold L. Shamblin Family Scholarship Program, 700 Pelham Rd. North, Jacksonville, AL 36265 or to the First Presbyterian Church, 1701 Henry Rd., Anniston, AL 36207. Online condolences may be made at www.graybrownservice.com.
Published in The Anniston Star from Dec. 31, 2014 to Jan. 2, 2015
Arrangements under the direction of:
Gray Brown-Service Mortuary
1329 Wilmer Ave | Anniston, AL 362014651 | (256) 236-3441
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