Anna "Nancy" (Howes) Kennick (1927 - 2014)

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AMHERST – Anna (Howes) Kennick, always known as Nancy, 87, died in her sleep Nov. 26, 2014, in her home on Shays Street in Amherst, after a period of declining health.

Nancy was born Feb. 16, 1927, in Brookline, the daughter of Kenneth Howes, Sr., and Edith Perkins Howes. She was educated at the Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, and later at Oberlin College. At Oberlin she took a philosophy course with William Kennick, and a lifelong relationship began. The two were married in June 1949. Professor Kennick came to teach at Amherst College in 1956, retired in 1999, and died in April 2009.

In Amherst, Nancy took the nursing course at the Smith Vocational School and became a licensed practical nurse, working first at the University of Massachusetts infirmary and later at the Amherst Nursing Home.

She and her husband traveled a great deal in Europe and in the United States, with one year of sabbatical in London in 1961. Both excellent dancers, they enjoyed cooking and entertaining, and were known for their elegant parties.

Nancy was devoted to her family, and loved to tell stories about her current relatives as well as her more ancient ancestors. In recent years she kept track of that widespread group on Facebook.

She is survived by her brother Osborn Howes and her sister Edith Cary and her husband Joe. She is also survived by her children Christopher Kennick, Justin Kennick and his wife Marge Bruchac, Sylvia Kennick Brown and her husband Michael Brown, her grandchildren Timothy Kennick and his wife Nellie Kennick, Steven Kennick, and Emily Brown, and a great-grandchild Joey Kennick.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Dec. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Amherst College Alumni House.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 25, 2014
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