MANCHESTER — Emma Jean Kennedy, 87, of Manchester, died Monday, Feb. 5, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester from cancer and complications.
She was born Sept. 29, 1930, daughter of Silas and Carrie Lewis Smith, near Hopkinton. She married William T. “Bill” Kennedy of Manchester
She graduated from Manchester High School. For most of her working career, she was in the health-care field and was a long-time employee of Dr. Tappan and Dr. Landis, optometrists in Elkader, and of Home Instead in Dyersville. She also volunteered as an EMT. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Manchester.
Survived by: her children, Jane Jackson of Marion, Bob (Linda) Kennedy of Cedar Falls, Doug Kennedy of Altoona and Lori Thomas (Ric) of Marion; her grandchildren, Lindsay, Jill, Brandy, Rachel, Jessica, Patrick, Bill and Cameron; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Moser and Betty Conrad; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Bill; her brothers, Arba, Doran and Donald; and her sisters, Belle, Corinne and Mae.
Services: Per Emma’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Private burial will be at East Side Cemetery in Elkader at a later date.
Memorials: may be directed to Camp Courageous of Iowa.
Condolences may be left at www.leonard-mullerfh.com or to Bob Kennedy at 943 Parkway Court, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613.
Emma enjoyed refinishing furniture, gardening and spending time with family and friends, including card club and coffee group. She had a special place in her heart for her dog, Charlie.