Harriet L. Kennedy

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Harriet L. Kennedy, 92, Carthage, Mo., passed away Friday, Aug. 26, 2006, at the Maple Tree Terrace Assisted Living Center, Carthage. Harriet was born June 25, 1914, in Carthage to Frank B. Williams and Bess Platt Williams. She graduated Carthage High School in 1931, attended Missouri Valley College, Marshall, Mo., for two years and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1935. She married Tom H. Loy of Aurora, Mo., on June 15, 1939.

She lived in Nevada, Mo., for 30 years where she served six years on the Library Board, 10 years on the Nevada Hospital Board and was an active volunteer for the American Red Cross bloodmobile. She was preceded in death by her husband Tom on Sept. 20, 1970. Harriet was named the Rotarian Citizen of the Year in 1976. She married Edward B. Kennedy on Sept. 20, 1980, and moved back to Carthage. Her husband Ed Kennedy preceded her in death on March 29, 1999. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, serving on the Alter Guild and helping in the church office to process the weekly newsletter for mailing. She also volunteered at Crosslines where she spent hours mending and stitching quilts for those in need, was a member of the Carthage Chapter HH-PEO and for many years she played golf with her last outing when she was 90 years of age.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Loy Barr and husband, Richard, Albuquerque, N.M.; her son Richard T. Loy and wife, Lynda, Edwardsville, Ill.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother Frank B. "Bud" Williams Jr., Carthage.

The body has been sent for cremation. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday Sept. 1, at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 2, at the First United Methodist Church, Carthage. The Revs. James Lee and David Barr will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Carthage. Memorial gifts are suggested to Carthage Crosslines in care of Knell Mortuary, Carthage, MO.