OSKALOOSA — Dorothy Kennedy, 92, of Oskaloosa, passed Sunday, July 13, 2014, at the Oskaloosa Care Center.
Dorothy Jean Kennedy, daughter of Hugh Howard and Marie Helen (Andeway) Shaw, was born April 14, 1922, in Oskaloosa. She was a 1940 graduate of Oskaloosa High School. Dorothy was united in marriage with Melvin M. Kennedy on Jan. 21, 1942, in Unionville, Mo. Dorothy was a homemaker and actively helped Mel and her two sons rebuild their home where they have lived since 1947 from the ground up; this included such tasks as plumbing, carpentry, and roofing. Dorothy also enjoyed embroidery, crocheting, gardening, canning, yard work and playing the piano and organ for her own pleasure. After Mel’s retirement, he and Dorothy enjoyed 15 winter’s in Apache Junction, Ariz.; this was an opportunity for them to escape the harsh Iowa winters, giving them a chance to hiking and appreciate the landscape and environment of Arizona, travel to Mexico occasionally, and enjoy the company of family and many new friends in their retirement community. In 2011, Dorothy broke a hip and following surgery went to live at the Oskaloosa Center where she has enjoyed the comfort and loving care they provided her. She was a member of St. Paul Congregational United Church of Christ in Oskaloosa.
Her family includes her sons and their wives; Stephen and Mary Kennedy, of Marshalltown; Jerry and Cheryl Kennedy, of Chicago; two granddaughters: Stephanie and her husband, Alan Os-good, of Marshalltown; Sarah and her husband, Timothy Schoenfeld, of Council Bluffs; three great-grandchildren: Isaac and Sophia Schoenfeld and Hanna Osgood; one brother, Ken (Jane) Shaw, of Camanche; a sister, Marilyn Hightower, of Oskaloosa; and numerous nieces and nephews including Cristy McCombs, of Oskaloosa, who was a caregiver to Mel and Dorothy the last several years of their lives.
In addition to her husband of 72 years, Melvin, Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers; Leonard, Floyd and Hugh Howard Shaw Jr.