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Mary Kennedy

Mary Kennedy

Our Mary Darlin’ is at peace.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Woodbine Cemetery for Mary Teresa (McNeff) Kennedy.

Kennedy passed away Sept. 11, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.

Pastor Michael Elliot of Faith Baptist Church will officiate at the services. Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Kennedy was born May 28 in Bridgeport, Conn., to John James and Anna P. (Fagan) McNeff. As a young child, she and her family moved to West Texas, where she met her future husband, Donald A. Kennedy. They were married June 29, 1939, in Pecos, Texas.

She was our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, wife, and daughter. We will miss her love and laughter every day.

Survivors include her children, Donald J. Kennedy of Dallas, Texas, and Carolyn and Sherill Shearman of Artesia; grandchildren Suzanne Ornelas, David and Debbie Shearman, and Mike and Christi Shearman, all of Artesia, and Christopher and Tracey Kennedy of Dallas; great-grandchildren Candice and Victor D. Rodriguez, Shane Shearman and Samantha Sanchez, Ryan Caldwell, T’Naya and Derrick Edwards, Gunnar Shearman, Shelby Shearman, Zachary Kennedy, and Alexander “Zander” Kennedy; great-great-grandchildren Ashlyn Rodriguez, Raegen Rodriguez and Logan Rodriguez; and her special friend and longtime dancing partner, Don Conner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Kennedy, on Oct. 16, 1988; her parents; and five brothers and sisters.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.