Stella Bell Hutchinson Kennedy (1922-2018) understood that joy is bigger than happiness and that, though it can sometimes be affected by the vagaries of life, joy is not dependent upon things going well. Stella shared this inner light daily and made such a strong inspirational example that it is easy now to go about the necessity of bestowing honour upon her and to give thanks for her life. Stella was born into a family near Morristown, New Jersey which taught that it is normal to present kindness and understanding in the face of aggression and threat, where self-provisioning skills were assumed, where a dictionary was kept near the dining table, and where community bonds were a daily concern. Her sisters Janet and Anne and brother Charles all predeceased her, as did her husband of 52 years, John Eliot Kennedy Sr. Surviving are her three children, J.E.Kennedy Jr, F.L.Kennedy-Stack, C.H.Kennedy, their partners, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a nephew, and many nieces. She also leaves multitudes of friends of all ages throughout her home region of the Atlantic States as well as within her much beloved community in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. It has accurately been said that her main hobby was collecting people. Over four decades ago Stella and Eliot became supporters of the Southern Poverty Law Center and before that participated as testers for the Baltimore Fair Housing Commission. For many decades she was a member the League for Women Voters and a congregant of Church of The Redeemer. Her most recent work outside the home included being a founding board member with the housing organisation, Christmas In April, and, after earning a degree in early childhood education, for years taught pre-schoolers. She received a Volunteer of the Year award from Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. A memorial service will be held October 19 in the chapel of Church of the Redeemer (5603 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD, 21210) at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. A reception is to be held afterward in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers a donation to Southern Poverty Law Center is suggested. (www.splcenter.org/support-us)
Go in peace Stella-Mother-Gamo-Friend.