Mrs. Jeanne Claire (Vehr) Kennedy
- March 26, 1926 - July 25, 2012
- Knoxville, Tennessee
of Jeanne's Passing
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“Rose, I was in Knoxville the other day and was saddened to learn of Jeanne Claire's death. I have many fun memories of both you and her back in my...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Ele Jackson - Gainesville, GA
So sorry to hear of your loss. Will keep you and your family in my daily prayers during this difficult time.
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2 of 15 | Posted by: Margie Dudeff - Knoxville, TN
“Sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers.
3 of 15 | Posted by: Betty Whedbee - Knoxville, TN
“Throughout my life, Jeanne Claire has loomed large in the memory of my childhood in Knoxville. My mom and i often went out to the brick house on the...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Kathy Gibney - Takoma Park, MD
“Grandma was such a wonderful woman, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Throughout our lives, she has been an inspiration through her faith...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Kristy, Vicky and Family - GA
“I am grateful to have known Mrs Kennedy; she always warmly welcomed me into her home when I lived in Knoxville and afterward when I visited Knoxville...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Greg Davis - Lexington, KY
“To my Kennedy cousins,
I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I have such wonderful memories of visits to your home. Your mothers humor,...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Bunkie - Milwaukee, WI
“Jeanne Claire always made me feel welcome whenever I visited her.
She listened and gave such great advice.
She and her family were so much fun!
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8 of 15 | Posted by: Patty Miller - Knoxville, TN
“Mary-Claire and Jim both talked about all of the amazing things she did. There was always a smile on their faces when they talked about her. Mary...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Jim and Dianne Jones - TX
“Our prayers are with all who knew and loved Jeanne Claire. She was a amazing, cherished woman.
10 of 15 | Posted by: Trish Moore Flores - Madison, AL
“To the Kennedya
Condolences on your lose. Aunt Jeanne Claire was a remarkable lady. I have so many memories of my times with the Kennedy clan. ...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Gerry Lou Disney Wray - NC
“"I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make....Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Judith Disney and Hank Trantham - NC
“WE WERE TRULY SORRY TO HEAR OF THE LOSS OF YOUR MOTHER - SHE WAS A SPECIAL PERSON. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WILL YOU ALL.
MARGARET ...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: MARGARET DISNEY DEATON - NC
“We wish to express our sympathy to the family of Mrs. Kennedy. From listening to Mary-Claire just light up when she talked about her mother one...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Larry & Barbara - Kingwood , TX
“Mom Kennedy was truly the best mother-in-law that one could hope for. All she did was enjoy her family and extended family. She loved her children,...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: John Beard - Kingwood, TX
Kennedy, Jeanne Claire Vehr, age 86, of Knoxville, died gently in her sleep, Wednesday morning, July 25, 2012 at her home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Georgiana Vehr, husband John L. Kennedy, Jr., brother George Vehr and sister Mary Frances Disney. Jeanne Claire was a graduate of Mount Saint Joseph's college, Cincinnati, Ohio and worked as a computer programmer with Y-12 in Oak Ridge until she became a full time mom to thirteen children. An avid tennis player and instructor who enjoyed the sport well into her 80's. Jeanne Claire was a devout member of All Saints Catholic Church, worked in the food pantry at Ladies of Charity, and she served communion to invalid parishioners each month. Jeanne Claire was a loving mother and will be sorely missed by her children, Georgie (Jim) Whitley, Mary-Claire (John) Beard, Margie Kennedy, Rose (Mike) Canada, John L. Kennedy, III (Missy), Liz (Richard) Blosser, Joe (Lisa Kurtz) Kennedy, Mark (Kelly) Kennedy, Charlie (Cathy) Kennedy, Eddie (Debbie) Kennedy, Billy Kennedy, Marie Kennedy and Robert (Kate) Kennedy. Jeanne Claire is also survived by her twenty-seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sister, Peggy Fox; brother-in-law, Bobby (Josie) Kennedy and sister-in-law, Adele Marie Kennedy. A Celebration Mass will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday at All Saints Catholic Church, with Father Michael Woods officiating. Interment to follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials donations be made to Open Arms Care Foundation, 7417 Kingston Pike, Suite 300, Knoxville, TN 37919 or to the Ladies of Charity, 120 Baxter Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917. Online condolences may be sent to www.rosemortuary.com. The family will receive friends from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Monday with a Rosary service to follow at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.