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Sister Mary Jo Kennedy

Friday, January 13, 2006

Sister Mary Jo Kennedy, 76, of Independence, died Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 11, 2006, surrounded by family, clergy and friends.

She was born of John and Gertrude Kennedy of Shackelford. She entered the Religious Sisters of Mercy in 1947. After graduating from the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Neb., she taught in Omaha, Durango, Colo., Des Moines, Iowa, Raton, N.M., Kansas City, Independence and Marshall. She had been in ministry in the Kansas City metropolitan area since 1962. During that time, she attended the University of Detroit, was a teacher in several schools, served in catechetical ministry at St. Mark's and Nativity of Mary parishes in Independence and St. James in Liberty, was a grief counselor, hospice chaplain and member of the board of Charismatic Renewal. She sponsored numerous prayer groups, retreats and conferences and was often requested as a speaker. Sister made a difference in the lives of people she met. She always seemed to be in the right place at the right time to support them in their joy, crisis, grief or death.

Sister is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Michael, William and Francis. Her living siblings are Mary Ruth Addington and Betty Lenihan of Shawnee, Kan., and her brother Donald and his wife Naomi of Independence. She has many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

The visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, with the rosary, followed by the funeral mass at 7 p.m. Sunday at Nativity of Mary Parish in Independence. In Marshall, the visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at St. Peter Catholic Church. Rosary will be held at 11 a.m. Burial rites will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery in Shackelford.

In lieu of flowers, please consider an offering to support the wide range of activities and apostolate that were Sister's interest. As Easter people, you might consider wearing a flower in tribute to her.

The above is a paid obituary.