Ruth Rice Kennedy, age 92, widow of Jesse Kennedy, died Wednesday October 11, 2017 at Saint Joseph Berea. Mrs. Kennedy was born in Berea, Ky., on January 20, 1925 to the late Luther and Nannie Ballard Rice.
Mrs. Kennedy was a very active member of the First Baptist Church of Berea-Middletown, she was the pianist, Sunday school teacher, active with the Women’s Missionary and the Women in White. She was also very active in the Berea community, she was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2015 for the Berea Food Bank, and in the mid 1960’s she was very active with the civil rights movement. She retired from a long career in cosmetology, and earlier in life had worked for Berea College Candy Kitchen and the Dresser Company.
Other than her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Alfred, and Richard Rice.
Mrs. Kennedy leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Anthony Wayne (Noreen) Kennedy of Louisville, KY., Gregory Lane (Denise) Kennedy of Berea, KY., four grandchildren, Eric Lane Kennedy, Brian Kennedy, Angela Kennedy, and Deron Kennedy. Two great grandchildren, Jada Decker and Mya Sumpter. Family friend Aladya Henneman and a host of nieces, nephews and friends also survive.
Funeral services will be 3:00 PM, Sunday, October 15, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Berea-Middletown with Rev. J.K. Cunningham officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 5-7 PM at the Davis & Powell Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be, Greg Kennedy, Eric Kennedy, Brian Kennedy, Lamont Cornelison, Danny Farris, and Roger Hinton.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Berea Food Bank 108 Parkway, Berea, KY 40403