Mother Mary Beth Kennedy

Kennedy Mary Beth

Full Name
Mother Mary Beth Kennedy

Date of Birth
Saturday, August 14th, 1926

Date of Death
Saturday, January 25th, 2020

Obituary/Notice

Mary Elizabeth Lee Kennedy was born in Newcastle, PA on Aug. 14, 1926, and called home to glory on Jan. 25, 2020. Predeceased by her beloved husband, Rev. Charles Kennedy, Sr.; son, Charles Kennedy, Jr.; and son-in-law, Billy Brown.

She leaves a daughter-in-law (Cindy Kennedy), three daughters (Mary Ann Brown, Elizabeth “Betsy” Rooks [Bill], Grace Kennedy Foster [Cary]); eight grandchildren (Jennifer Woodard [Rodney], Angela Collins [Aaron], Chris Kennedy [Sarah], Alysha Rooks, Kay Brown-Sampayo [Rafael], Sarah Foster [Antonio], Taylor Foster, and Joy Foster); four great-grandsons (Aaron, Anthony, Avery, and Adrian Collins); and a host of cherished family and friends.

Mother Kennedy was graduated from Strong Vincent High School in 1944 with a full scholarship to Temple University, from which she was graduated in 1948. She married Charles Kennedy, Sr. in 1949. After five years in Puerto Rico, they went as missionaries to Liberia in 1956, returning to Erie in 1964.

Eager to continue helping others through the love of God, Mother Kennedy and Rev. Kennedy founded Community Country Day School, Community Drop-In Center (now Community Shelter Services), and Community of Caring. A lifelong member of the Church of God in Christ, she remained active in overseas mission work for as long as she was physically able, with her last international journey in 2010.

A community choir will be formed to sing at the homegoing service. For details, contact Tom Lee at (814) 449-0646.

Friends may call at New Life and Spirit Revival Center, 315 E. 9th St., Friday, Feb. 7th at 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM until 6:30 PM, followed by an Advanced Celebration of Song and Witness at Holy Trinity COGIC, 1701 Holland St., at 7:00 PM. Come share memories of Mother Kennedy.

Additionally, friends may call on the family Saturday, Feb. 8th at Erie First Assembly Church, 8150 Oliver Rd., from 9:30 AM until 10:15 AM followed by a Homegoing service there at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery.  All are welcome.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 602 W. 10th St., Erie.

Send condolences at www.Burtonfuneralhome.com.


Calling Hours

When
Friday, February 7th, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Address
New Life and Spirit Revival Center - 315 East 9th Street Erie, PA 16503

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When
Friday, February 7th, 2020 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Address
New Life and Spirit Revival Center - 315 East 9th Street Erie, PA 16503

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When
Friday, February 7th, 2020 7:00 PM -

Address
Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ - 1703 Holland Erie, PA 16503

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When
Saturday, February 8th, 2020 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Address
Erie First Assembly of God - 8150 Oliver Road Erie, PA 16509

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Service Information

When
Saturday, February 8th, 2020, 10:30 AM

Address
Erie First Assembly of God - 8150 Oliver Road Erie, PA 16509

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Interment

When
Saturday, February 8th, 2020

Address
Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery - 2601 Norcross Road Erie, PA 16510

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