Linda D. Kennedy


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Hampden - Linda D. Kennedy lost her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on August 5, 2019 at her home in Hampden. She was born Linda Dell Wood on March 8, 1942 to Guy W. Wood and Velma Byron Wood in Houlton, Maine.
She attended Washburn schools, graduating from Washburn High in 1960. She continued her education at Husson College and later graduated from the Social Work Program at the University of Maine. Linda was a licensed social worker employed by the Eastern Maine Medical Center until she retired. Linda moved to Jonesboro where they spent many summers in the lovely home she helped design and winters in Estero, Florida. Social work was Linda's calling, she loved helping people. She was an active, always involved member of the Jonesboro Union Church.
On June 24, 1962, Linda married William H. Kennedy. This year, they celebrated their 57th anniversary.
Linda enjoyed traveling and they toured the country in an RV. Linda was especially thrilled to experience travelling in Israel, a long, anticipated trip.
Linda was first and foremost a devoted mother to their two sons. She was an avid reader, loved to walk in the early morning, and enjoyed cribbage, classical music and singing. She especially enjoyed singing in the Jonesboro Church Choir conducted by their good friend Chris Plaisted. Just this past spring Linda and Bill sang in a production of South Pacific in Estero, Florida, where they have wintered for many years. Linda was a lover of cats, especially Max who predeceased her.
Linda was predeceased by her parents and is survived by her husband of 57 years, William H. Kennedy Sr., her two sons, William H. Kennedy Jr., wife Larissa and granddaughter Alexandra, B. Keith Kennedy, wife Dawnise, her children, Heather Barriault and was predeceased by Darren Barriault. She is survived by her sister Bonnie Wood, who will miss her best friend terribly and her sister-in-law Jane E. McGlauflin. She is survived by special cousins Wendell Wood, Clair and Marian Wood and families, and was predeceased by Donna and Frederick Hetherington and survived by their children, Deborah Burns and Leslie Yerardi. The family is grateful for the help and kindness of Debbie and Joe Burns of Bonita Springs, Florida during this sad and difficult time.
Linda was a devout person of great faith who lived a life of love and kindness toward all. She followed the teachings of Christ and St. Francis of Assisi. The St. Francis prayer engraved on a piece of Maine slate sat on the window sill over Linda's kitchen sink. Linda's life was well lived, she was a strong, compassionate person with a wonderful sense of humor who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
The family wishes to extend our gratitude and heartfelt thanks to the staff of Beacon Hospice for their kindness and care during this sad time.
Services will be private for the family.
Friends who wish may donate in Linda's name
to Sarah's House, 346 Main Road, Holden, Maine 04429 or the American Institute for Cancer Research, 1560 Wilson Blvd. Suite 1000 Arlington, VA 22209.
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Harold Marrr
Aug 21, 2019
Linda was a class mate and we were graduated he same year, 1960. Always a lovely woman.
Dave and Jan Highfill. Greiner’s friends from Iowa
Aug 15, 2019
So glad we met at South Pacific. Wonderful woman. Loved the obituary. Dave is doing well but suffering with chemo. God bless all of you every ten minutes.
Deb Mitchell
Aug 13, 2019
So sorry to hear of the passing of Linda, My heart goes out to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers.
George and Martha Grover
Aug 13, 2019
Dear Bill and family,
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Linda was such a kind and gentle soul who will remain in our hearts. May the care and comfort of family and friends help provide peace and comfort to get you through these days ahead. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Darlene Grass
Aug 12, 2019
Dear Bill and entire family,
So sorry for your great loss. I worked with Linda at Ross Manor in Bangor many years ago. She was a truly kind and caring friend and co worker.
My sincere condolences to you all.
Julie and keith antworth
Aug 10, 2019
Bill. We are so sorry to hear that Linda did not make it. She was a special lady and a wonderful friend. We are sad for you and know that you will miss her so much. We are so glad we saw you both in Florida just a few weeks ago. Our deepest sympathies to you and the rest of the family.
Cassie Wallace
Aug 10, 2019
Dear Bill and Family, I was so saddened to learn of Linda's illness and passing. Her friendship has meant so much to me, through the years, and I have thought of you both so often. She will be deeply missed by your loving as well as many friends both near and far. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be as you move through your grieving process. Fondly, Cassie Wallace
Patty Martin
Aug 10, 2019
I had the privilege of meeting this lovely lady on my first visit to a United Baptist Church Women's meeting. Being new, she took me right in and made me feel very comfortable. I will always remember her kindness. Looking forward to visiting with her in glory!
Jan and John Hess
Aug 10, 2019
As we shared Linda’s last few weeks she was so brave and optimistic. Bill, you showed your love in so many ways especially fulfilling Linda’s wish to return to her happy place, Maine. We send prayers for you and the family.
Pam (Robertson) Shimmel
Aug 10, 2019
Bill and family,
My deepest sympathy for your loss. Bill I am so saddened to hear of the struggle and passing of Linda. You two will forever hold a special place in my heart for the many years of love and support as my neighbor. Much love to you
Anne and Milt Teguis
Aug 10, 2019
Dear Bill and Family,
As you remember and share your thoughts and memories of your Lovely Linda, please know that we are holding you in our hearts....
Anne and Milt
Marilyn Hoogenboom
Aug 09, 2019
Bill, I’m so sorry for your loss, and pray that the Lord will comfort and bless you,
Jeff and Sue Eddinger August 9, 2019
Aug 09, 2019
Dear Bill and Family,
We were so sorry to hear of Linda's death. We will miss her. We have memories of Linda from our Bible Study at EUMC, and we loved to watch you and Linda dance here in Riverwoods. Our most recent memory is when we sat at the dinner together and Linda was feeling good and was very happy. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers, and we hope to see you back at Riverwoods.
Jodi and Frank Greiner
Aug 09, 2019
What a great lady and sweet Christian friend, who will be missed at Riverwoods! Prayers for Bill as he learns to cope with her loss. May he experience God’s love and provision through friends and family.
Wayne Moore
Aug 08, 2019
Linda, I have such fond memories of working with you on the cardiac unit at EMMC. You're smile, laugh, gentleness and kindness are what I remember most.
Harry and Sharon Rideout
Aug 07, 2019
Blessings always, Bill, to you and your family, as you grieve Linda's death, and as you commemorate the life she lived. Great lady and Washburn classmate.