Esmé Luise Kenney, age 13, granddaughter of Jim and Carol Siders of Gallatin Gateway, died March 7, 2009, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Esmé was a seventh-grade student at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati.
Born Jan. 20, 1996, she was the daughter of Dr. Thomas Kenney and Lisa Siders-Kenney. Esmé was a dual major in vocal and instrumental music. She performed in the choir and was a cellist in the junior high orchestra. She was a talented cellist, artist, boating enthusiast, storyteller, caregiver and explorer.
A lifelong resident of Cincinnati, she was a summer resident of Sioux Narrows, Ontario.
Esmé leaves to cherish her memory her loving parents, Dr. Thomas Kenney and Lisa Siders-Kenney; her grandparents, Jim and Carol Siders of Gallatin Gateway; her aunts, Kelly (Mark) Calvert of Columbia Falls, Mont., and Wende (Larry) Bickel of Moses Lake, Wash.; her uncle Corey Siders of Eugene, Ore.; and numerous cousins, family and friends.
A celebration of Esmé's life was held by the Cincinnati community on March 10, 2009, at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. A memorial service for her family and friends was held March 11 at St. John's Unitarian Church in Cincinnati.
Memorial contributions may be made in Esmé's name to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Charles B. Wang International Children's Building, 699 Prince St., Alexandria, VA, 22314-3175, www.missingkids.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 16, 2009