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Mary R. Kennedy was born Mary Ruth Walker in Ranger, Texas, on November 25, 1935, and died in Bryan, Texas, on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Mary was the wife of Weldon C. Kennedy for 62 plus years and the mother of Pam Speights of Houston, Texas, (married to Wes Speights), Craig Kennedy of Ft. Worth, Texas, (married to Wanda Kennedy), and Douglas Kennedy of Houston, Texas, (married to Jana Kennedy).

Her claim to fame was that she was the best mother in the world and her children are living testimonies to just how well she filled that role in her life. And then there are eight grandchildren who are further testimonies to Mary's life. And there are eleven great-grandchildren who are carrying the family traditions on into the future.

Married in Odessa, Texas, Mary and her family lived in a number of cities: Odessa, Texas, Phoenix, Arizona, El Paso, Texas, Kermit, Texas, New Iberia, Louisiana, Houston, Texas, El Campo, Texas, and Bryan, Texas. Mary worked in department stores and other retail shops through those years. In Bryan, Texas, she owned and operated the Tin Barn Antique Store for thirteen years before retiring for health reasons. Mary lived 81 very notable years and affected the lives of all those who knew her. She leaves a void as she departs this life.

Funeral service will be at the Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Visitation will be one hour before the service and a reception one hour following the funeral service at the funeral home. Her burial will be in Ranger, Texas, at 2 p.m., on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, you may wish to make a donation in Mary's memory to Texas Home Health Hospice, 1862 Rock Prairie Road, Suite 204, College Station, Texas 77845.