Ednamay Kennedy

April 3, 1918 – December 10, 2019

Ednamay (Erickson) Kennedy was born in Billings, MO on April 3, 1918. She passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on December 10, 2019 at age 101.

In her early years, Ednamay lived in Poulsbo. Her family moved to Seattle where she graduated from Ballard High School in 1937. She graduated from Swedish Hospital nursing school in 1943. She served as 2nd lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corp in France and the Philippines during WWII. She was employed as a Kitsap County public health nurse after the war.

Ednamay married Donald M. Kennedy in 1948 and they enjoyed 64 years together in Keyport. She was a member of the Keyport Bible Church where she served in the Mission Society, Ladies’ Aid, and taught Sunday School. She was the unofficial nurse in Keyport and often visited elderly people in the community to give shots and check on their health and well-being. She participated in the Keyport Community Club and worked on town beautification projects. She was cheerful, optimistic, and very interested in people. People enjoyed her company and she maintained many lifelong friendships.

Ednamay had a deep commitment to extended family solidarity. She and her husband hosted an annual family reunion for 30 years on their Keyport waterfront property. This time of family reunion was a highlight of her year when she had opportunity to love, enjoy, and be in company with her extended family.

Ednamay is survived by her two children Rick Kennedy and Sue Boblet (Bruce), three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Don in 2012, her sister Fern (2009), and her brothers John (2011), Arthur (1944), and Richard (1945).

A celebration of Ednamay’s life will be announced.

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