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Jean Kennedy

February 12, 1929 ~ May 24, 2018 (age 89)
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Jean Kennedy, 89, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 2:50 A.M. May 24, 2018 in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She was born February 12, 1929 in Frisco, Illinois to Ralph and Thelma (Hale) Crider. She married Richard Kennedy on October 17, 2008 in West Frankfort, Illinois.

Jean is survived by her husband; one sister, Irene Richardson of Mount Vernon, Illinois; four stepchildren, Greg Kennedy and wife, Cindy of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rick L. Kennedy of Woodlawn,   Illinois, Don Collins and wife, Kim of Belleville, Illinois, and Linda Neal and husband, Gale of Indiana; four nieces five nephews, and several great nieces and nephews; and several step great grandchildren.

Mrs. Kennedy was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Charles Crider; two sisters, Velma Story and Ailene Arnold; husband, Howard Gregory of over 50 years of marriage; and husband, Everett Collins.

Jean was employed by International Shoe for 22 years and Steffy Home Furnishing for 35 years, retiring in 2003.  In her younger years Jean was an avid bowler and always enjoyed the Saint Louis Cardinals.  She was a volunteer at Crossroads Community Hospital for 8 years and a member of Logan Street Baptist Church. Jean loved to play cards and do Jigsaw puzzles. She was a past Senior Saint. Jean also liked to collect Precious Moments. Jean was an exceptional lady in every way and was loved greatly.

Visitation: 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Monday, May 28, 2018 at Newell Funeral Home at 601 South 42nd Street in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Chapel with Reverend Richard Lance officiating.  Interment: Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois. Memorials: Logan Street Baptist Church Building Fund or to Crossroads Hospital Auxiliary.


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