Marilyn Jean Lynch Kennedy
TAYLORVILLE - Marilyn Jean Lynch Kennedy, 70 of Taylorville, IL died Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:20 p.m. at her residence in Taylorville. She was born on January 22, 1942 in Springfield the daughter of Alvin Otto and Edith Lynch.
She moved to Pana and later Effingham, IL. While in Effingham she attended St. Anthony High School. She moved to Taylorville and graduated from the Taylorville High School in 1960. She attended Siena Heights in Adrian, MI and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the U of I in Springfield, IL in 1986. She married Patrick Kennedy they later divorced. Marilyn was a realtor for 35 years; a librarian at the Taylorville Junior High School and St. Mary's School. She was a dedicated mother who enjoyed writing. She was also a voracious reader and a world traveler. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church; Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors, an active volunteer of Scottsdale Soroptimist Club; a volunteer librarian at Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek, AZ, a lifetime member of the American Hackney Horse Society, Society of Southwestern Authors, a supporter and volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Phoenix, AZ.
She is survived by her sons: David (Heidi) Kennedy of Enid, OK and John Kennedy, companion Michelle Deschenes of Belleville, IL; daughters: Carole Kennedy of Taylorville, IL and Cathy (Stuart) Lowrey of Centreville, VA; grandchildren: John and Rachel Lowrey of Centreville, VA, Jordan and Josephine Kennedy of Enid, OK and Emma Jean Kennedy of Belleville, IL; brother, William (Nancy) Lynch of Cornelius, NC; nephews: Matthew (Tyhler) Lynch of Arlington, VA and Grant (Whitney) Lynch of Princeton, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents and son: Kevin Patrick Kennedy.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on June 23, 2012 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taylorville with Father Alan Hunter officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Arizona. Memorials may be sent to: St. Mary's Catholic School, 422 S. Washington St., Taylorville, IL 62568 or The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, P.O. Box 13600, Phoenix, AZ 85002.
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