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Shirley Ann Kennedy Vegors

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Shirley Ann Kennedy Vegors died at her Phoenix home on March 15th after a lengthy and debilitating illness. She was born January 8, 1932 in Los Angeles, Calif. to Catherine (Campbell) and John G. Kennedy. Before her family returned to Arizona during WWII she acted small parts in the Our Gang comedy series and was one of seven little-girl "Munchkins" in the Wizard of Oz. She lived most of her life in Phoenix, attending North and Phoenix Union Highs. As a girl she rode her horse all over town including "out in the country" near 16th Street and McDowell. She was graduated from ASU with a degree in advertising and worked in that area for an insurance company before joining Arizona's statewide farm and ranch magazine as production/ad manager. She had been an active member of Chi Omega while in school, belonged to Phoenix Ad Club and was inducted into Soroptimists professional business society as one of its youngest members. She married Wallace Vegors in 1962 and bore two children, Sally in 1963 and Mark in 1964. They lived for four years in Tubac, Arizona, where she once chaired the Santa Cruz Valley Art Association Arts Festival. On her return to Phoenix she became extremely active in work at All Saints' Episcopal Church, serving as Altar Guild member and Directress, teaching Sunday School, and assisting with many aspects of the work of the parish until health problems precluded most activities. She attended meetings of the Washington Garden Club until a few months ago. She is survived by her husband of 43 years and by daughter Sally Jenkins (Danny) and grandchildren Hazel and Emmett of Tucson and son Mark (Karen Dickson) and grandchildren Benjamin and Amelia of Seattle, Washington. She was steadfast, loving, wise as well as intelligent, generous, absolutely honest, courageous -- and opinionated. Her monument is her great kids and marvelous grandkids. She leaves a very large, very empty space in our lives. No services are planned. Ashes will be interred in the Close at All Saints' Church. Donations in her name can be made to the Arizona Kidney Foundation or to the Arizona Humane Society.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 17, 2005
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