Gloria  Kennedy

Gloria Kennedy

Thursday, April 16th, 1936 - Saturday, February 15th, 2020
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Gloria Jean Kennedy, a lifelong Mosier, Oregon resident and business owner, passed away Saturday February 15, 2020, in Gresham, Oregon.

Gloria was born April 16, 1936, in The Dalles, Oregon to Darrell Percy and Lillie Adena (Hood) Evans. Gloria’s ancestors were Mosier pioneers. She was part of the fifth generation of the Evans Family to live in Mosier. Gloria grew up in Mosier on the Evans family homestead. Gloria attended school in Mosier all twelve years and graduated from Mosier High School in 1954. She studied business courses at Oregon State University in 1955. While attending Mosier School, Gloria met Bill Leroy Kennedy. Bill and Gloria were high school sweethearts. They were married on September 1, 1957 at the Mosier Christian Church.
While growing up on the family farm, Gloria honed her culinary skills, picked cherries, peaches and prunes, and packed fruit in the family packinghouse. A few of the chores on the farm included pruning fruit trees and changing sprinkler lines. Gloria and Bill worked together on the Evans farm during high school. After returning home from college, Gloria was employed by the phone company in The Dalles as a telephone operator.

Gloria and Bill purchased the Robert Andrews store in Mosier, Oregon in the year 1958, and that was the beginning of Bill’s Market. They worked beside each other in the grocery business for 24 years. After selling the grocery store in 1982, she joined the work force as a member of Kennedy Excavating. Gloria was the bookkeeper, took care of the necessary permits for projects and business licensing, and was the parts chaser. When needed, she would drive the dump truck and backhoe.

Being married to a Mosier Volunteer Fireman, she became an integral part of Mosier Fire Department Command Control Center. With only 10 phones hooked up to the Mosier fire phone system at the time, one at Bill's Market, and one at her home, Gloria always knew the location of the fires. If you wanted to know
the location of the fire, you called Gloria, day or night.

Gloria and husband Bill were staunch supporters of their children and grandchildren’s sport activities, as they proudly watched their participation in ballgames or track meets. Gloria and Bill proudly watched their children and grandchildren participate in sports activities.

She loved Sunday outings with her family whether it was rock hunting, Sunday drives, or trying out the metal detector around old Mosier area homestead sites. Gloria and Bill took their four kids everywhere they went, whether it was to Dairy Queen, the Humdinger, the movies, functions, as well as family vacations to Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon. Gloria loved cooking for her family, especially during holidays and family gatherings. She also enjoyed traveling, tending to her flowers and family history. She was the official family photographer.

Gloria is survived by her four kids: Rick Kennedy of Caddo Valley, Arkansas; Terry Kennedy (and wife Sherri) of Hood River, Oregon; Penny Kennedy of The Dalles, Oregon; Dale Kennedy of Mosier, Oregon; grandchildren Fitzpatrick Kennedy of Redmond, Oregon; Savanna Stein (and husband Myken) of Fruitland, Idaho; Matthew Neal (and wife Lizzie) of Everett, Washington; Jenna Kennedy of Hood River, Oregon; great grandchildren Monte and Matthew Stein of Fruitland, Idaho; niece Bonnie Cook of Kennewick, Washington; nephew Gil Evans (and wife Debbie) of Mosier; great niece, Megan Smith of Richland; great nephews Philip Evans (and wife Davina) of Mosier, Oregon, Kurt and (and wife Tiffany) of The Dalles, Oregon, and Lynden Evans, as well as several great- great nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held from 9:00am - 10:45am on Friday February 28, 2020, followed by a Celebration of Life at 11:00AM at Anderson's Tribute Center (1401 Belmont Ave Hood River, OR 97031). Interment will follow the service at Mosier Cemetery (State Road Mosier, OR) with a reception at the Mosier Grange Hall (900 4th Ave, Mosier, Oregon).

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 28th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:45am
    Friday, February 28th, 2020 9:00am - 10:45am
    Anderson's Tribute Center
    1401 Belmont Ave.
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  • Service

    Friday, February 28th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 28th, 2020 11:00am
    Anderson's Tribute Center
    1401 Belmont Ave.
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  • Interment

    Mosier Cemetery
    State Road
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97040
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Terrie Maag

Posted at 02:50am
Dear Penny, Rick, Terry, Dale and family’s
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, she was a great lady. I can remember when your mom and dad would come rock hounding up at our place. Penny I always love visiting with you! I’m sorry I could not be there tomorrow but your parents would understand! I am going to cheer on our oldest granddaughter at the NBA of the small country schools in Huntington, Oregon. They understood community and that is what this tournament is. Penny I feel guilty for having to choose, but in my heart I know what your parents would do. Prayers and Love to all. Terrie Proctor Maag

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Posted at 01:37am
Dear Penny and family! I am so sorry about your mother she was a very special lady. I am sorry I could not be there. Love Terrie Proctor Maag
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George Shepard

Posted at 11:28am
Name: George Shepard
Phone: 541 499 2030
Message: Gloria was among the kindest people you could hope to meet in this life, soft spoken she also had iron will, I first met them after my purchase of 40 acres, and they had faith in me and never gave them reason not to, they were first business to give me "scrip", written down in book, we
shared rock hounding, how excited they were with discovery of opal seam... the end of an era... not that her sons are anything but men of integrity, as more of us pass away so do our stories of the land and how it shapes us, blessings united now with Bill, RIP, God Bless

The Cutler Family, Ruth, Mike and Dave

Posted at 05:43pm
With loving memories of "Gloria Kennedy", Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With love,
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