Ruby Doris Woods Kennedy, 89, of Idaho Falls, passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Bonaventure Assisted Living Center. She was under the care of Aspen Home Health & Hospice.
Doris was born Sept. 28, 1922, in Knoxville, Tenn., the daughter of Harry J. Woods and Daisy Bell Tipton Woods. She was the oldest of six children. After her mother passed away when Doris was only 7 years old, she took on the role of caregiver, caring for her three brothers. Her father later married Ila Henry. Mr. and Mrs. Woods had two more sons that Doris helped raise.
Doris graduated from Central High School in Knoxville, Tenn. She worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a secretary.
While attending an August picnic in 1944, Doris met her husband of 66 years, Klem Kimbell Kennedy. The two were married the following May. In 1950, with their daughter, Karen Eileen, and their six-month-old son, Keith Thomas, they moved to Idaho Falls for the first time with the opening of the Atomic Energy Commission.
Throughout the next few years, the family moved to various places within the United States because of Klem's career, but the two decided to return to Idaho Falls to raise their family. In 1955, Klem and Doris had their third child, Kevin Scott. The family had a happy home on Eighth Street for years, which was always filled with Doris' home-cooked meals, homemade cookies and love.
Doris enjoyed and thrived on taking care of her family. She enjoyed sewing costumes and clothes for her grandchildren and taught one granddaughter to sew, cook and bake, and how to play one of her favorite card games -- Spite and Malice. She belonged to a long standing book club, the PEO, and a bridge club.
She thoroughly enjoyed traveling the country with her husband and friends in her Suburban and travel trailer, as well as experiencing the rich cultures of Europe. She was loved by everyone who knew her and was always willing to lend a helping hand in any way that she could.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Daisy and Harry Woods.
She is survived by her children, Eileen (Jim) Brewington, Keith (Margie) Kennedy and Kevin (Emma) Kennedy; her five grandchildren, George Brewington, Monica (Patrick) Jordan, Nathan (Erin) Kennedy, Erin (John) Nazrio and Kira Kennedy; and four great-grandchildren, Aidan Jordan, Nina Amlia Nazrio, Nora Jordan and Clara Gisele Nazrio.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. , Aug. 9, at Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery, 4602 S. Yellowstone Highway in Idaho Falls.
Doris lived a long and wonderful life and will be greatly missed by her friends and family, whom she taught how to love and give generously.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Snake River Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 51741, Idaho Falls, ID 83405.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.