Lydia Marie "Ree" KENNEDY

  • "I would like for it to be known that Lydia Marie (Ree) Cono..."
    - Gerald Kennedy
  • "Ree, was the greatest gift that God could have ever given..."
    - Gerald Kennedy
  • "I loved my cousin she was a beautiful person. I pray for..."
    - Diane Kogok
  • "My sincere condolences to Marie's family. Marie was so..."
    - Mary Walker
  • "I went to Dunedin High School with Marie and remember her..."
    - David Hart

KENNEDY, Lydia Marie "Ree"

73 years young, passed peacefully in her sleep following a long illness. She was in her home with her husband of over 49 years by her side. Ree was born to John and Allie Cono in Washington, DC, and as a young child travelled extensively around the United States with her family, eventually residing in Dunedin, Florida. She was a member of the first graduating class from Dunedin High School in 1962 and immediately entered employment in banking. Thereafter, she was employed by Eastern Airlines during which time she met her husband-to-be and they, after knowing each other for only ten days, married a short time later. She travelled the world during those years and was often acknowledged as an immeasurable asset as a military officer's wife in active support of her husband's career, engaging in a wide range of activities, often at the sacrifice of her own career interests. During this time Ree also volunteered with the Red Cross to serve in area hospitals and with many other charitable organizations. She was professionally skilled at sewing, being self-taught from an early age, and was considered by many to be highly accomplished at her craft, which she enjoyed her entire life. She contributed generously to the care and welfare of animals and, in turn, they brought her many hours of happiness. During retirement she continued with her various interests, travelled to Europe, enjoyed cruising, Disney vacations, RV-ing, boating, motorcycling, life in general and making friends. Ree suffered from fibromyalgia during the 1990's and conducted extensive personal research on the malady. Seeking to join a support group relating to this condition but finding none, she founded her own under the auspices of the Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, who provided her with a fully equipped facility wherein she could conduct monthly group meetings, which she moderated. She coordinated this effort for approximately five years until she could no longer participate in person because of her worsening condition but members of the group continued to contact her by phone for information. Ree was known for her kindness, brilliant smile, sweetness, and generosity in helping those in need and will be fondly remembered by those fortunate enough to have known her. She was predeceased by her parents. Left to remember and adoringly cherish their memories of this remarkable woman are: her husband, Gerald Kennedy, Ormond Beach, FL; sister, Linda McMullen, brother-in-law Keith McMullen, Clearwater, FL; brother, John Cono, Hudson, FL; niece, Deborah McInnes, Clearwater, FL; nephew, Michael Hunt, wife, Heather great-nephew, Jon Hunt, and great-niece Allie Hunt, all of Englewood, CO; and great-nephews Brian Kantner, Palm Harbor, FL, and Tyler McInnes, Elkhart, IN. Ree was extremely grateful for and appreciative of all the professionals from Halifax Health Hospice in Ormond Beach who took such gracious, personal, and professional care of her during her remaining months. She will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, becoming the eighth Kennedy family member to be interred at the national cemetery.
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Lohman Funeral Homes - Ormond Beach
733 W. Granada Blvd.
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times from Jan. 5 to Jan. 7, 2018