Blanche Mae Kennedy, 89, of Benedict, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids with her loving family by her side.
Blanche was born May 23, 1924 in Ruthton the fourth child and only daughter of five children to Gilbert and Agnes "Sue" (Hanson) Williams.
As a young girl they moved to the hills south of Lake Benton. Later they moved to the west end of Lake Benton. They were the Wild West end kids!
Blanche graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1942 she was one of nineteen in her class. Following graduation Blanche went to work for the ammunition plant in Minneapolis during the wartime.
She met Charles Gordon Kennedy of Pipestone in October 1945. They got married Dec. 29, 1945. They lived in Pipestone before moving to Akeley and then to Benedict in 1950. To this union six children were born.
Blanche worked for many years as a waitress and cook at different restaurants in Walker. Charles, her husband of 49 years, passed away Feb. 27, 1995.
Blanche joined the Walker American Legion Auxiliary in 1955 and she held many local offices. She was also a member of the Akeley VFW and the Ex POWs. She was also active with Immanuel Lutheran Church in Walker.
Blanche loved watching sports of any kind, having a big garden, canning and baking. She was also well known for her rye bread.
Blanche is survived by her children, Charles (Cynthia) Kennedy of Circle Pines, Susan (Charles) Harlow of Sauk Centre, Gary (Connie) Kennedy of Benedict, David Kennedy of El Paso, Texas, Laurie (Rodney) Hooker of Lake Alice, Elsbeth Baker of Elk River; 22 grandchildren; 23 great- grandchildren; brother, Gailard (Peggy) Williams of Payson, Ariz.; two sisters-in-law, Lucille Williams of Lake Benton and Beverlee Kennedy of Pipestone; other relatives; and many, many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; parents, Gilbert and Agnes; brothers, Orvylle, Vernon and William; sisters-in-laws, Lenora, Marge and Joyce; and one brother-in-law Joey Kennedy.
Funeral service: 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Walker.
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27 and one hour prior to the service all at the church.
Interment: 2 p.m. Friday, in the Camp Ripley State Cemetery at Little Falls.
Arrangements for Blanche have been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Online condolences for the family may be given at www.northernpeace.com.