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Lillian KENNEDY

Lillian D. Kennedy

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Lillian D. Kennedy, 89, passed away at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village.

Lillian was born November 11, 1924, in Springfield, the daughter of James S. and Mary Idalee Whalen Ray. She married Eugene C. Kennedy on June 10, 1944, at St. Aloysius in Springfield; he preceded her in death on Nov. 30, 2006.

Lillian was a graduate of Ursuline Academy, Springfield Junior College, and then earned a degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She was employed as a U.S. Bankruptcy Clerk for the Central District of Ill. for 42 years until her retirement in 1986. Lillian was a member of St. Aloysius Church Women's Council, Woman's Club of Springfield, St. Louise deMarillac Guild, and served on the Ursuline Academy Alumni Board.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two infant sons, Michael and Dennis Kennedy; four sisters, C. Ruby Ray, Gladys Ray, Mary V. Whisker, and Eloise Hill; and two brothers, James and Joseph H. Ray.

She is survived by her two sons, Timothy P. (wife, Jean) Kennedy of Springfield and Kevin C. (wife, Mary) Kennedy of Danville; one daughter, Barbara J. (husband, Burt) Fairchild of Orlando, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Scott, Brian, David, Nick (wife, Ashley) and Jacob Kennedy, Stefanie Federico, and Jean Fairchild; sister, Charlotte Theobold of Green Lake, Wisc.; and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation will be accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center following ceremonies.

Visitation: Family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service at 5 p.m.

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 2119 N. 20th St., Springfield, with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz celebrant. Private family burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Aloysius Catholic School, 2119 N. 20th St., Springfield, IL 62702.

Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.




Published in The State Journal-Register on Mar. 23, 2014
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