Gwen Lorene Kennedy


Gwen Lorene Kennedy Obituary
Our mother, Gwen, went home with the angels on November 5, 2013, after a brief, yet quietly valiant battle with cancer. Like most everything else in her life, she faced this struggle with calm, poise, and a desire to make the best of things. Her enduring faith brought her joy and support every day, and her church was one of the most important things in her life, along with her family and her love of music. She served on various church committees, did volunteer work, and sang in the church choir. She also loved taking trips with her friendsâ€"usually to Broadway shows, jazz festivals, and movies.
Gwen was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on May 3, 1935, to Florence and Wilfred "Bill" Bass. The family moved to Racine Wisconsin for a short time, then to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1939, where she graduated from Roosevelt High School. The family moved to Covina, California in 1954, where she met her first husband Amalio "Bud" Muñoz while attending Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. They had two children, Michael and Cheryl. In 1968, she married the love of her life, Jack Kennedy, who added his three childrenâ€"John, Patricia, and Kathleenâ€"to the family. They moved to Bakersfield in 1973, where the family opened Kennedy Industrial Magneto Service. Gwen and Jack had 21 beautiful years together until he passed in 1989.
Gwen is survived by her children and their spouses: Michael and wife Rena, Cheryl and husband Mike, John, Patricia, and Kathleen and her husband Steve. She also leaves her beloved sister Rowena and her husband Roland, and their children, Cynthia and Doug, as well as six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many special friends.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 10:30 am at the First United Methodist Church, located at 4600 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, California. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Houchin Blood Bank, Optimal Hospice, or the First United Methodist Church's Senior Center.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2014
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